Would you Rather be “Thanked” or Re-tweeted?

by Brent Carnduff

twitter re-tweetThis is not a rhetorical question – I’d really like to know!

Sandy Appleyard, one of my Triberr tribe-mates, recently posted an interesting article, 5 Easy Steps to Get Massive Retweets on Twitter.

Like many of us, Sandy(@sandyappleyard) likes to personally acknowledge those that share her content on Twitter. For most of us, that means clicking on “reply” and tweeting out a “thank you”. That’s how Sandy used to do it too – but not anymore.

DO NOT THANK FOR RETWEETS!

In fact, in her post, Sandy goes so far as to suggest that you should stop thanking your connections for re-tweets. Instead you should “reciprocate” – re-tweet one of their posts or tweets.

RECIPROCATE INSTEAD!

As a result of using this strategy, her Twitter “interactions” have become a “massive re-tweeting frenzy“.

Hmmm . . .

The beauty of reciprocation is that instead of taking the time each night to write “thank you” tweets, I can instead spend that time helping those that have helped me, while providing more valuable content for my twitter stream. Win – win?

What are your thoughts on twitter reciprocation instead of a “thank you”? Would you still recognize it as an act of appreciation?

Very curious to hear your thoughts.

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Brent Carnduff is a search engine optimization (SEO) expert. He works with Financial Advisors, and small business owners across the country to help them develop a stronger online presence, increase their web traffic, and to capture more leads. In addition to this blog, he is a regular contributor to Steamfeed, is syndicated through Social Media Today and B2C, and has written for Search Engine Journal, Spinsucks, and other marketing blogs.
24 comments
Patrick Wagmer
Patrick Wagmer

For me it is not a hardship to thank those who retweeted my posts, but I also return the favor. I believe there is room for both strategies.

keepupweb
keepupweb

This is a great discussion Brent and your article inspired me to write a post for my blog (and link to it). I try to thank everyone and I do follow people who Tweet for me (if they pass my general criteria that is). Since reading your article, i have been making more of an effort to RT for people who I don't normally tweet for. That's something that i should have been doing right along but I'm making a conscious effort to do it now and I'm hoping it will become a habit.

katiiisays
katiiisays

This is a very interesting concept and I've always wondered about where people stand on it. I tend to do a mix of both, thanking the person who RT'ed me and then RT-ing some of their content. I'm only going to share content of theirs if I find significant value and relevance to my followers but usually this isn't difficult because they obviously share some of the same interests if they're RT-ing me.

Overall. I think a case by case basis is best for me but I'm very interested to see where everyone else stands! Thanks for the post!

arkarthick
arkarthick

I started my Twitter journey by tweeting & RTing (reciprocating) others. Later, realized that showing gratitude is much more important; gives way to more meaningful connections and in turning followers to friends. It works well for me. I stick with that. Thank you!

Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwer

I love how this seems to have sparked such a discussion both here and there, great initiative.

 

This really made me think, because I'm one of those who has been thanking for RTs quite frenetically. But some of my followers have been irritated with me for this reason. But it never occured to me to just reciprocate instead.

 

I love to get a thank you myself, but in all honestly, I'd love to get a share instead, no matter if it's on Twitter, LinkedIn, G+ or whatever.

 

Or in the my best case scenario... a comment on my blog (even though this might be tough, to reciprocate with a comment each time).

 

So, I'm inspired and this post really sparked a new behaviour with me! :D

CarolLynnRivera
CarolLynnRivera

Hm, interesting question. I've gone through phases of trying to thank people and it becomes a bit challenging, especially as I don't want my entire Twitter feed to look like a bunch of thank-yous. But retweeting is a great idea. And more meaningful, for sure. I'm on it!

gonzogonzo
gonzogonzo

I agree with reciprocating, rather than thanking, or else it would be too cumbersome. I also think "following" folks is a way of thanking them, acknowledging their content as relevant and wanting to get more in your news thread.

Cheers,

Frederic

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech

Funny, I have a post in the hopper called "4 Ways to say "Thank You" without saying "Thank You" " - So I say Retweeted or mentioned in some way, otherwise I would have 200 "Thank You"s per day.  I don't think anybody wants to see that...

lisabuben290
lisabuben290

I think we should still thank people AND Re-tweet them. Give more than we receive. Give more than they expect :) 

Brent@Echelonseo.com
Brent@Echelonseo.com moderator

 @keepupweb Thanks for visiting Sherryl - really enjoyed your article. Good luck with your new "habit" - hope it works out well for you.

Brent@Echelonseo.com
Brent@Echelonseo.com moderator

 @katiiisays Thanks for reading and taking the time to contribute Kati. I think that I am going to end up in the same place as you - doing a little of both on a case by case basis. It has been interesting, because I started out primarily thanking, then planned to move to a reciprocating "thank you", but am finding that there is not one best solution. Do you make a point of getting to everyone, or just a random selection?

 

Brent@Echelonseo.com
Brent@Echelonseo.com moderator

 @arkarthick Interesting - I agree that a personal "thank you" does open up the opportunity for a more meaningful connection. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Brent@Echelonseo.com
Brent@Echelonseo.com moderator

 @Jerry Silfwer I've been a bit surprised by the reaction to this blog honestly. I'm with you, I appreciate the thank you as well (but definitely see benefit of reciprocation). I'm surprised that people are irritated by it, but as has been pointed out, it does end up filling your stream (and potentially) there stream with extra messages.

 

There are so many benefits to reciprocation, however, I have found it to be time consuming so far, and I do really try to keep what I share on target, or inline with marketing - that's sometimes a challenge.

 

I also have enjoyed some of the connections that I have made through the personal messaging of saying "thank you". I am kind of moving towards a mixture of both strategies I think. I definitely want to continue to reach out to new connections with a personal thank you.

 

Steve Hughes @GeeklessTech  had some good ideas in a recent article on Steamfeed - Social Media Etiquette: Saying "thank you, without saying "thankyou". One I liked was creating a Twitter list of those that regularly share your content. 

 

Good luck with it. Let me know how it works out for you.

Best,

Brent

Brent@Echelonseo.com
Brent@Echelonseo.com moderator

 @CarolLynnRivera Hi Carol Lynn - good to see you - thanks for reading. I usually sit down at night and thank everyone, but you're right, it doesn't look great in your feed. I love the idea of re-tweeting, but finding if very time consuming, especially if I am trying to stay on brand (marketing, social media, etc). I actually think I may have to start just connecting with a few each day - thanking some, re-tweeting others. If I do, I will lean more towards new connections and my non-triberr friends. Let me know how the re-tweeting works for you. Thanks again,

Brent

Brent@Echelonseo.com
Brent@Echelonseo.com moderator

 @gonzogonzo Hi Frederic - thanks for the input. I like the idea of reciprocating, but so far have actually found it to be more time consuming - maybe I have to work on it a few days to become more efficient. And yes - I like the idea of following them as well. I try to do that whenever I think it may be someone that I am not already following. Good to see you again!

Brent

Brent@Echelonseo.com
Brent@Echelonseo.com moderator

 @DJThistle Hey DJ - thanks for taking the time. That is the mixture I'm leaning towards. Partly to be social, and partly because I'm finding the "re-tweets" to be more time consuming so far. Cheers!

Brent@Echelonseo.com
Brent@Echelonseo.com moderator

 @GeeklessTech Hi Steven - thanks for chiming in! The thank you's do start to get long and old - there definitely has to be a better way. I'm looking forward to seeing the other 3 ways of saying "Thank you"!

Brent@Echelonseo.com
Brent@Echelonseo.com moderator

 @lisabuben290 Good answer Lisa! I''ve always done some retweeting, but mostly have used "thank yous". I'm leaning towards a mixture, but using more tweets than I have in the past. Thanks for visiting and voicing your opinion!

katiiisays
katiiisays

 @Brent@Echelonseo.com I don't make a point of getting to everyone, if I see a lot of RT's over time from a specific user I definitely make a point of showing my gratitude by usually thanking them directly in a tweet and then sharing some of their content in the next couple days. BUT since reading this post and thinking about it, I've made more of a concerted effort to be consistent in showing gratitude of some kind.

Frank_Strong
Frank_Strong

 @Brent@Echelonseo.com  @DJThistle Well, not, I think people understand reciprocity, there's just a million ways to thank people and it isn't limited to Twitter:  say thanks, retweet, follow them, add them to a list, comment on their blog, follow them on another social network, write a post that mentions, quotes their tweet or links to their blog, favorite their tweet.   

 

As for IRL...ha! I put that in the FWIW column.  For what it's worth! :-) 

Brent@Echelonseo.com
Brent@Echelonseo.com moderator

 @Frank_Strong  @DJThistle Hi Frank - Thanks for taking the time to read and be counted! I appreciate the sentiment and wonder if some might miss the "thank you" if it is a re-tweet?

 

I like your use if IRL Network (in real life) in your latest blog btw. I'm working on a blog that about "live" networking, but haven't seen that terminology before.

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