RT – The Ultimate Web 2.0 Status Symbol

Will work for a RT!

"Will work for a RT!"

I think there is no question that Twitter is taking over the universe. I realized this when my wife joined and actually seemed excited about it. This is the same woman who begged me to convince our nephew that people of our generation didn’t have Facebook accounts. I had to sheepishly explain to her that I had a Facebook account. She was devastated that I had pulled her into the Web 2.0 universe. She is an infrequent visitor to her Facebook page, but for some reason there is a palpable joy in her voice when she talks about her Tweets.

This morning I told her I had included her in a #followfriday Tweet. She was confused. I assured her that it was a good thing. I was telling my “Followers” she was worthy of following. That ultimately it didn’t say anything about her if no one followed her because of it, but it said volumes about my popularity with my followers. At this writing, no one has followed her because of my recommendation. Thanks “Followers.” You just made me look like a complete ass in front of the woman I love.

But I digress. The conversation turned to the Re-Tweet or the “RT” in Twitter-speak. I described it to her as the ultimate Twitter status symbol. You’ve said something insightful enough, clever enough, interesting enough for other Tweeters to pass along to their Followers, upping your Twitter Cachet. We all strive to earn the RT. In essence, we all want to be loved by all the Tweople, big and small. In fact, it borders on being a sickness. Twitterville is replete with quotes, both humorous and inspirational, that are meant for no other reason to get that precious RT. To what end? To get more Followers. To be loved by the throngs of Tweople. To be the originator of a viral comment that spreads across Twitterville.

The question is can you contrive to create a micro post that is RT worthy? Or does it have to be organic? It’s a challenge to say something quotable in 140 characters or less. I’m sure that marketers are studying this phenomenon in order to create a formula that will ensure that they will spread RTs like typhoid, the 140 characters that will help them sell their wares. They’ll never find it. The RT has to be organic.

I have to go because two guys are talking loudly about politics at the table next to me in Starbucks. Kind of annoying and they aren’t saying anything RT- able. Feel free to RT this post and please follow my wife.

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Flutter – the New Twitter!

140 characters just too much work?  Wish there was a virtual social network that allowed you to post just 40 characters?  How about 30? Still too much?  What if I told you that there was a community that kept your posts to a mere 26 characters?  It’s true.  Move over micro bloggging.  Nano blogging is here!  All the worlds a Flutter!