Re-Tweet As You See Fit (RTAYSF)

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I am not usually one to suggest rules in the social media world. I firmly believe that rules online evolve from crowdsourcing. I also don’t brag to be a social media star, much to the contrary, I mock myself. Every time somebody tells me “oh but you have so many thousands of followers!” the first thing I answer back is “just to keep things in perspective, about 10,000 people have unfollowed me, so…”

But there’s one thing that makes me a bit queasy – when people ask me for a re-tweet. And also, when I have found myself asking for a retweet. I am not beyond having asked, on occasion, to have my tweets retweeted. Mostly, I will plead guilty to have asked a RT for Mental Health Camp, and other initiatives similar that I’ve participated in.

I recently tweeted a link to the journal Theory, Society and Culture. Their most recent volume is freely accessible (usually, it’s a paid journal), and it’s on a topic that I find important – climate change. So, I wrote at the end of my tweet “RTAYSF”, which means “Re-Tweet As You See Fit”. I feel that by adding that acronym at the end, I give people the choice – if you think it’s worth retweeting, please by all means do so.

What do you all think? Or should I just assume that, if people deem stuff worthy, they’ll retweet directly without me suggesting it?

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Comments (6)

harrietglynnJune 7th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

IMHO, people will retweet if the feel the information is worth Rt-ing, and to ask is redundant.

That said, I’ve noticed that asking actually works…

Hilary HenegarJune 7th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I don’t think it’s necessary. If someone sees your tweet and it resonates, if it’s something they feel they can get behind, they’ll retweet it. And they’ll do it “as they see fit,” with or without the encouragement from you.

I personally am not a fan of the “Please RT” plug. It feels cheap and a bit cultish. And it implies a cliquishness that I’m not altogether comfortable with. But that’s just me. And of course I don’t unfollow anyone for using it – at least I haven’t yet.

Maybe someone can explain why they feel it’s necessary or what function it serves…?

RaulJune 7th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

@ Harriet – I have found that, as the number of people that folks follow grows, their attention span is short. I have found myself that stuff that I would normally retweet flies away from me, super fast. So, when somebody asks me “please re-tweet”, I normally look at it twice.

@ Hilary – I think the “please retweet” comes more when people have smaller audiences and they feel that if they ask for a retweet their stuff will be exposed to more (or different) audiences.

In your case, Hilary, Granville Magazine has a fairly large audience. I wouldn’t be surprised (and hell, I wouldn’t be the last one to do so) if you were asked to retweet stuff, simply because of the sheer volume of your audience on GM. Don’t you think?

In general (and this is at both of you and everyone else), I find that I tweet whatever I want. If I want something to be paid more attention, I will say “hey, this is happening AND retweet if you see fit”

Not sure if this explains it, but I maybe want the RTAYSF to be a more polite, less-perceived-as-crass version of the “please retweet”. What do you think?

Hilary HenegarJune 7th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Compelling case. I see what you mean when referring to the size of one’s audience. I don’t think it would be appropriate for someone in my position to tweet an appeal to “please RT,” but I see how it makes sense for personal accounts.

I do get occasional DMs asking me to tweet about this or that, and usually I’m game – if it’s about Vancouver, contributes to a more positive and sustainable city, is community-minded, promotes art and independent culture, empowers readers – but I do get a weird feeling about it, if only because I become hyper aware of all events/orgs I’m not giving the same attention.

Have you thought about instituting RTAYSF as a hashtag? I think that could be neat. And valuable. Sort of a “breaking news” for a tweeter’s most important tweets.

I think that you have built a strong online community. And with any community, we look out for each other and ask a helping hand from time to time. I think that asking for a RT on occasion is perfectly fine, so long as you return the favor from time to time. Clearly you are asking for a re-tweet on a subject that is not self-serving (but instead benefits society as a whole) so be all means. As for the short hand, I think it works great. Maybe PRT (please re-tweet) for the sake of brevity?

BethJune 8th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Given the very limited number of characters allowed in a tweet, adding “AYSF” to “RT” seems like a waste. I mean, *of course* I’m only going to retweet as I see fit! It’s not like people *have* to retweet just because you said “RT.”

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