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Why shouldn't I just RT -everything-?
Don't retweet just for the sake of retweeting or in hopes of getting noticed by the people you retweet. Build up a reputation for retweeting quality material. What you choose to retweet becomes part of your brand, so retweet wisely.
Always check your links before retweeting. I made the mistake of NOT doing this once and accidentally left off a character at the end of a shortened URL. Instead of taking users to a useful name generation page, the link to them to a white supremacy message board (!).
Fortunately, my followers knew that this wasn't my usual retweet material and alerted me right away. And fortunately, I was checking my Mentions/DMs so was able to delete the bad post and re-post a correction quickly.
Last updated on July 13, 2010 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi