New Delhi: Twitter has been around for the last six years but I joined it six months ago exasperated at colleagues speaking in a seemingly foreign tongue. 'Followers', 'trolls', 'bots' and 'DP' had become water cooler conversation. "I'm nothing if not flexible," I said to myself and signed up for hell. Today, I'm not only a junkie but also an endorser of the subaltern democracy that the micro-blogging site offers to its reported 500 million users.
But in the labyrinth of opinions, rants, comments and endorsements, is a wonderful political system that allows the smooth dissemination of knowledge and decentralization of power. It begins at a very basic level - the retweet.
In 2009, before Twitter incorporated a built-in button for retweet - or sharing of someone else's tweet with ones' followers - the traditional RT followed by the Twitter handle of the user whose tweet you wanted to share allowed space for comment and opinion. There is a succinct blog post from one of Twitter's cofounders explaining the differences between using a manual RT and the retweet link in each post.
Before rolling out the new retweet feature, Evan Williams said: "Retweeting is a very cool thing that emerged organically from Twitter users as a way of passing on interesting bits of information. People have long asked when we're going to build a RT button on twitter.com. While it would have been pretty trivial to do the way some clients have, the reason it's taken
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