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Dear Twitter, please bring back “Quote Tweet”

Dear Twitter, please bring back "Quote Tweet"Twitter recently made a change to their Retweeting function that can be great, and awful, depending on your perspective. Hubspot has an in-depth article that covers the pros and cons of the new Retweet with Comment function that replaced Twitter’s Quote Tweet. I suggest you read that article, since they do a really good job of explaining the hows and whys of the new feature.

I don’t like it.

In theory the new feature gives us more characters of space in which to add a comment about the Tweet you’re resharing. In practice, it removes my ability to use the original, old-style RT functionality, which is my preferred method of resharing.

Reasons why I prefer the “old” RT style:

  • It works on all apps, interfaces and functions (including embeds). The new Retweet with Comment still breaks in embeds, and in viewing while on apps like Hootsuite.
  • Retweets and interactions on my RT reshare are tracked in Twitter Analytics.
  • Retweets of my comment will actually show my comment and the relevant portion of the shared Tweet when retweeted.
  • RT retweets that have twitpic photos will add the photo to your “Photos & Videos” section on your profile.

For now, if I want to continue using RT as my method to reshare Tweets, I’ll have to do it in Hootsuite. Sprout Social just announced that they are rolling out Retweet with Comments, and TweetDeck already integrated the function. For those of you who don’t have a HootSuite account, HubSpot gives step-by-step instructions on how to construct an RT manually.

How do you like Retweet with Comment so far?

Google FAQs for the “Mobile-Friendly” ranking update

Google FAQs for the "Mobile-Friendly" ranking updateThe date has come and passed — yesterday (April 21, 2015) was the much-publicized deadline Google gave website owners to make their sites “mobile-friendly.” After that, they told us, sites that pass their mobile usability tests will be ranked higher in mobile searches than sites that don’t.

Simply put, if your site isn’t mobile-friendly, then it’s not going to rank high in search results on mobile devices — you’re going to be penalized. Need to check your site? Webpages can be tested for “mobile-friendliness” using the Mobile-Friendly Test.

If you still have questions about what this means for your site, check out Google’s “FAQs about the April 21st mobile-friendly update.”

Twitter Bootcamp for Journalists

Today I presented a quick “how to” guide on Twitter for the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals, “Twitter Bootcamp for Journalists.” I promised to share the deck, and have added it below.

Let me know if you have any trouble accessing the slides, or if you have any follow up questions.

A few social posts from the event

Image source: OpenClips / Pixabay