January 21, 2011

You Retweet me!

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Retweet on keyboard

Do you remember ‘THE‘ line in Jerry McGuire where Jerry tells Dorothy Boyd (played by Renée Zellweger) ‘You complete me.’? Of course you do, what am I thinking! Well, every time one of my social media hero’s ReTweets one of my tweets (which isn’t an everyday thing) I get all verklempt and the phrase ‘You retweet me‘ flies through my brain.  Yes, I know it’s totally lame. But then again, when coming face to avatar with someone you look up to and that avatar happens to be in your @ reply stream it’s kinda cool.

Maybe not for those who have 20,000 followers. But for me, with my 2,000-ish followers it’s very cool and exciting.  It’s kind of like my own personal Mean Joe Green Coca~Cola commercial playing in my mind.  And, well, yah, I do kinda feel like a kid.

Who would think that two little letters tucked neatly next to each other on a keyboard could mean so much. For me it’s a teeny tiny bit of validation that in a world of a bazillion people on the Twitters that I said something worth sharing. And sometimes I’m all fan girl and do a screen cap of it, but I usually delete it because that’s kind of weird to keep a RT. Now an @ reply, that’s definitely screen-cap worthy!

But why is this relevant to you (or me for that matter)? Well, something so simple as the two letters ‘RT’ can tell someone that you appreciate them.  You may not talk to them a lot (or at all for that matter) but when they hit that Retweet button they’re saying a lot about you and how they feel about you. And you should feel good. And be happy. Or giddy (not that I know about giddy!). And you should thank them if you can. I know that my RT of someone with 50,000+ followers is not likely going to garner me a ‘thank you’. But, you know what? There are some people out there who really do GET the Twitters and even though they have enough followers to be a monarch of their own little city they’re savvy and authentic and know how to make little ol’ me feel like I hit the twitter jackpot. So I take their lead on best practices and I thank those who RT me.

After all, it really is the little things that make all of us appreciate the day a weensy bit more.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like this. But if I am, I guess that’s OK too.  So, am I the only one?

Sara

{ 3 comments }

Marlynn @designmama January 21, 2011 at 7:48 am

It makes me happy when people RT me and I try to thank them for sure! You’re not the only one who gets that warm & fuzzy feeling when you’ve been RT’ed 🙂

Shelly Kramer January 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Hey Sara,

What a nice post. While I never need (or expect) a thank you for a RT, it’s something I really enjoy doing. I troll thru my stream a number of times a day looking for good content and things worth sharing. And it’s always such a pleasure to do that — I kind of feel as if it’s my way of paying it forward.

And so, thank you for a lovely post (and for the thoughtfulness when you posted this link on Twitter) … and also for the gift of your friendship.

Can wait to meet you in the flesh at Blissdom!

Shelly
@shellykramer

Diana Adams January 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Thank you for the very nice tweet and for this wonderful post Sara! You are such a wonderful friend and I’m so happy we virtually met. Lol

I love this post. RT’ing is one of my favorite things to do on Twitter, it’s like giving someone a big squishy hug!!! 🙂

Diana
@adamsconsulting

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