Was This Twitter's Very First Retweet?
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Twitter’s retweet functionality is the backbone of the entire network. Thanks to the ripple effect, a retweet allows any user’s message to (theoretically) be seen by everybody.
In late 2009, Twitter controversially launched their own version of the retweet, but this was unpopular with many existing users who have continued to use the organic way of retweeting – that is, RT @, via, and so on.
But even before these methods and shorthands became established, it was more common to write out ‘retweet’ in full.