We are all aware of the power Twitter possesses, however I know some people don’t fully understand the concept or power of retweeting.Â One way to think of a retweet is to compare it to forwading an email you may have received.Â The email you are forwarding should contain interesting or relevant information to the people you are forwarding it to.
This same underlying principle can be applied to the concept of retweets.Â When retweeting, you are telling your followers that the information you are posting is worthy of a look or a read.Â Hopefully you have built a great relationship with your followers and more than likely are interested in what you are retweeting about.Â Also, any tweet you create may be viewed as something by your followers and they could decide to retweet your tweet.
The Power of a Retweet
Ok, so you provided a useful tweet and one of your followers decided it was worthy of sharing.Â Great!Â But this is only the beginning of a snowball effect.Â If your tweet was really worth retweeting, others will more than likely retweet as well.
This is graphically explained in the image below…but let’s say your profile is the one of the far left.Â You tweet about your new blog post.Â This tweet then shows up in all of your followers twit streams.Â Let’s say one of your followers with 4,700+ followers decides to retweet your post.Â Then one of these 4,700 followers retweets their retweet to their own 1,600+ followers, who in turn gets retweeted by a follower who has 2,100+ followers, and hopefully the cycle continues.Â Just across these 4 accounts, you have the potential to be seen by thousands of twitter users!Â And it doesn not end there either….it just keeps on going assuming you have something worth retweeting.
This is a rather simple explanation, but in reality, you can also think of it like this…let’s say your account has 2,000 followers so when you send out a tweet, it has the opportunity to be seen by 2,000 people should all your followers be online at the same time as well as looking at their twitstream.Â However, we know that is not the case.Â I would say a safe assumption would be about 5-10% (these are my guestimates…it could be more or less) of your followers should be online at any given time.Â So with this in mind, your tweet would have been seen by 100-200 people.
Of these 100-200 followers, maybe you get a handful of them who retweet your message to their followers.Â Then your tweet is seen by roughly 5-10% of their followers and the cycle continues.Â Think of it as a pyramid scheme of sorts.Â You are the top piece of the pyramid, which tells 2-3 people who tell 2-3 people each, which tell 2-3 more people and so forth.Â As you can see the growth can be exponential.
How to Get Retweeted?
Now that you understand the power of a retweet, how do you go about getting retweeted?Â There are several variables that go into this, which I won’t go into detail here.Â However, I will say that you need to have content worth retweeting, a title that engages your reader to clickthrough, and overall a little bit of luck.