What do people love retweeting?

by Katerina Petropoulou, posted 4 months ago
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What makes a tweet worth sharing? Are there certain types of tweets that perform better than others? We looked into Twitter timelines and Social Media research and concluded that this is what people love retweeting:

News

Twitter has evolved into a social media platform where news breaks first. More and more people use Twitter to stay on top of the news and are eager to be the first to break it to their followers. Experience shows that tweets that are timely, news worthy and create a sort of urgency by containing the word “Breaking” get the most retweets.

Tweets with images

The Twittersphere just loves tweets with images! Dan Zarrella’s research has shown that tweets with images are 94% more likely to get retweeted. However, keep in mind that this does not apply to tweets linking to Instagram or Facebook images as in these cases there is the exact opposite effect.

Tweets with facts and figures

People love to retweet interesting facts and figures. This has to do mostly with the nature of Twitter as a social medium. Data in the form of facts on a certain issue is simply information that is easier to digest in 140 characters and ultimately share with your followers.

Tweets with calls to action

According to Dan Zarrella, people respond to social calls to action. His research revealed that tweets that contain the phrase “please retweet” are in fact retweeted the most.

Tweets that are not too long

Tweeters do not like retweeting tweets that are too short or too long. Social Media research has shown that that tweets that contain 100 to 115 characters are the ones that are the most retweeted.

ideal tweet length

Tips and guides

People are more likely to retweet information that is valuable to them. The more useful the information the more eager they are to share it with their followers. That being said, tips in the form of lists, how tos and guides have proved to be some of Twitter’s most shareable content.

Humorous tweets

Unique, humorous content is a Twitter favorite. Funny, witty tweets are more easily retweeted and it’s a great way for brands to diversify their content and add a lighter tone in their tweeting.

In the end, it’s all about keeping a balance and figuring out ways to adjust your tone to different types of messages while staying true to your voice.

Now over to you! Leave us a comment right below and tell us; what do people love to retweet based on your experience?

Comments

  • Momo

    wanna more retweet ? try this
    “RT this for a Shoutout” :D and see

  • http://twittercounter.com/blog/ Katerina Petropoulou

    That’s a good one!

  • Momo

    i just did and lol i got 10 RTs in just 1 minutes. :) add this one too “i follow back” ,
    @ravinepz

  • liz

    how do you shout out after they RT you?

  • Momo

    simple i choose first five people and tweet “follow @….” one by one! :)

  • liz

    but what if you’re not really into who they are/how they represent? Is it bad form to not if you already said you would?

  • Ravi

    actually i do all :) also i add * must be following with that tweet , so they have to follow me first

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