Ah Twitter, the grand water-cooler of the Internet.
For many people Twitter is a random outlet of conversation, a place where they can share links, pictures, ramblings, and anything else they fancy. Most of us don’t care whether or not our tweets are seen or retweeted, or even replied to. But a select number of users diligently track Twitter activity, especially the number of retweets they get.
Should your RTs be in the single digits, there are a few things you can do to improve. According to TrackMaven, a company that analyzed 1,423 Twitter accounts and 1.7 million tweets, there are a number of things that can determine whether or not a tweet is retweeted on Twitter. They found that people who use the word “Retweet” in their tweet instead of “RT” are more likely to get a retweet from followers. Or, bizarrely enough, typing a tweet all in CAPS (though annoying) is also more likely to be retweeted. And of course, if a tweet included a picture or link, that also increases the chance of being retweeted.
Of course, all of this can be taken rather lightly – followers on Twitter often randomly retweet things without even reading them properly or checking links, so looks like it’s back to “RETWEET FOR A #FF!!!!!!!!”.