better-retweetsTwitter just officially launched its “retweet with comment” feature, which is great news for authors who hate retweeting without being able to add their own “spin.”

“Retweet with comment” allows us to embed a tweet into our own tweet, which lets us wordsmiths to get around Twitter’s 140-character limit when we add comments to what we’re sharing. The feature is now available on Twitter’s site and iPhone app (and sources say it will be available on the Android app soon).

According to this great piece by at TechCrunch:

“Forcing users to truncate their rambling thoughts into pithy soundbites was one of Twitter’s original charms, but as the platform matures, many influential users have been devising ways of getting around the character limit so they can use Twitter as their main public communication platform…”

How to use quote Tweet to add your own comments:

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  1. Hover over a Tweet. 
  2. Click the Retweet icon
  3. A pop-up will show you the Tweet and a comment box.
  4. Type your own comments in the Add a comment field. 
  5. Click the Tweet button.
  6. The Tweet will then be shared with your followers as a quote Tweet!

Here’s what that might look like, showing us retweeting one of Porter Anderson’s recent comments:

Commenting-on-retweetWe’re brought to a box that looks like this:

Add your commentAnd the resulting “retweet” looks like this:

Resulting-retweetFrom mobile apps:

  1. Tap the Retweet icon
  2. Tap Quote Tweet.
  3. Add a comment and tap Tweet.
  4. The Tweet will then be shared with your followers as a quote Tweet!

To learn more about re-tweeting, visit Twitter’s Help Center page. Have a tweet you’d like us to share? Direct us there with your comment below!