Content marketing: Telling Meaningful Stories

Removing the @ sign before retweeting is bad form on Twitter

Christoph Trappe

September 27, 2015

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Unfortunately I’ve noticed a new, not-so-nice trend on Twitter:

People resharing other people’s Tweets but not until the @ sign before the original poster’s name has been removed.

Here’s an example:

As you can see this BiLeadsPro account immediately retweeted me but without the @ sign.

Now, I did ask them why they would remove it but didn’t get a response notification.

This technique could lead to some users not even knowing that they were retweeted since Twitter doesn’t send the original Tweeter a notification once the @ is removed.

It also won’t count in engagement numbers kept inside Twitter Analytics or apps like Crowd Fire.

This month so far, I’ve tweeted around 1,500 times, with around 600 retweets. These new kind of “RTs” won’t show, though.

Stats aside, not giving the proper credit and attribution is just bad form and doesn’t help build a community around a topic.

Why are people doing it? Tell me on Twitter if you know. @ctrappe.

Disclaimers: The information provided in articles is for informational purposes only and not personalized advice. It's accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time it's published. Enjoy and best of luck telling the best stories in your organization and life!

Christoph Trappe

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I’m Christoph Trappe.

I’ve written two books, speak at conferences around the globe and blog frequently on here. I love sharing my stories and helping organizations share theirs.

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