Is Reposting a Tweet Bad Form?

By Mark Evans - Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 9:09 am  

Tweets are like floats in a parade. Once they pass by, that’s it, you’re not going to see them again. If you turned around to buy some candy floss just as the super-cool float came and went, it’s your tough luck.

Unlike a parade in which floats aren’t able to circle back for another loop, a tweet can be reposted. For example, if you posted a tweet about an upcoming event at 7 a.m., it might be sense to post it again at 10 a.m. to give more people a chance to see it.

The question is whether this is a legitimate or acceptable practice.

Does reposting a tweet go against the “rules” in which tweets are supposed to happen in real-time and be unique. If something is reposted, it is spam or simply a move to give a tweet a second shot?

My take is reposting is completely acceptable as long as it’s not a blatant attempt to sell a product or service. If it’s spreading the word about an event, an interesting newspaper article or a new blog post, there’s nothing wrong with thrusting it into the spotlight again.

After all, it’s not like the people who follow you are on Twitter all the time and reading all of your tweets. Sometimes, a good tweet slips through the cracks so it just makes sense to repost it.

What do think? Is reposting a tweet good or bad form?

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