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Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators > ReTweets and Sharing > Instead of doing a RT, can't I just tweet directly from the source?

Index of topics: Main Twitter Guide For Writers & Illustrators page. To go back to my blog for kidlit/YA writers and illustrators, see Inkygirl. You can find me on Twitter at @inkyelbows (focus: writing and illustrating children's books) and @DebbieOhi (livetweets, chat, photos, personal ramblings). Also see my list of Other Useful Twitter Guides For Authors And Illustrators and Twitter Lists of: agents who represent kidlit/YAkidlit/YA editors, children's book art/creative directors and K-12/teen librarians on Twitter.

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Instead of doing a RT, can't I just tweet directly from the source?

You could, and some people do. However, doing an RT has several benefits:

1. It's polite to acknowledge where you found the info.

2. Networking potential. You're paying the other person a compliment, letting them know that you find their post useful, funny or interesting enough to re-post. You're also helping to publicize their feed.

Even if the post isn't a true RT but rather a link to something I've found on the Web myself, I usually try to make the effort to include the Twitter name of the author.

Last updated on July 13, 2010 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi