Retweets, for those you who are unaware are when someone on twitter essentially forwards on a tweet (a twitter post) that you have tweeted onto their own followers. So I say “the next web rocks”, you may retweet “RT the next web rocks”.
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Interestingly a site launched earlier this month devoted to tracking these retweets and it’s proved an interesting source for bloggers and avid link sharers alike. You can see a list of the most retweeted users here and check the number of your retweets here – Cashmore is rested firmly at the top.
This undoubtedly proves the weight behind a retweet, but we must also remember the value of the actual link title. For example, Cashmore’s tweet “How to use Twitter to find your next job” was clearly a winner because a) it was Twitter oriented and b) because lets face it, if there’s one thing people are looking for more than average, it’s a j o b.
This being so, Royal Pingdom are correct to wonder whether Twitter is on the brink of becoming a Digg or StumbleUpon in terms of traffic – I would say no. Why? Well, currently Twitter is a relatively short spike in traffic in comparison to sites like Digg. I believe it’s going to take a site like Retweetist, Twitturls, Twitterbuzz or Twitturly to earn “hit” status before we see the same levels of traffic.
What say you?