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Flashback: Everyone Also Hated Retweets When They Came Out

The new blue lines you see in your timeline aren’t the first time Twitter has upset its users.

1. Let’s take a moment to go back in Twitter time. The year is 2009.

2. There wasn’t always a “hard” way to retweet a tweet back then. People could only manually type “RT” or use a third party app that would automatically insert it for them


Jenna Wortham ♥

@jennydeluxe

RT @timoreilly NYT on why Pollan should be “Secretary of Food” not just Sec of Agriculture http://snurl.com/7s568 (via @pahlkadot)

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Robert Scoble

@Scobleizer

RT @eflorida: I see RT at the beginning of a post, and I automatically assume it has more value - particularly based on who is retweeting

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4. The feature took off. However, Twitter realized that there were many disadvantages to doing it, so they released the hard retweet way in early November of the same year.


Twitter

@twitter

For those who are curious about our thoughts on the new Retweet feature, check out @ev’s blog http://bit.ly/23o4Vm

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5. The citizens of Twitter were obviously outraged at this change


Robert Scoble

@Scobleizer

I agree with @MaryHodder the new Twitter retweets is a lame clone of FriendFeed’s likes. They really replace Favorites, not RT’s.

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Twitter co-founder Evan Williams even had to go so far as defending the new feature in a blog post, citing multiple reasons as to its inferiority which includes attribution confusion, messiness, redundancy and most importantly - trackability. “Which tweets are doing the best” was hard to measure.

7. But the outrage continued

I hate the new retweet feature like whoa. I know I won't be using it, but how can I prevent other people from doing so?

— moorehn (@Heidi N. Moore)

Heidi N. Moore

@moorehn

I hate the new retweet feature like whoa. I know I won’t be using it, but how can I prevent other people from doing so?

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Hate the new retweets feature. Please RT.

— ezraklein (@Ezra Klein)

Ezra Klein

@ezraklein

Hate the new retweets feature. Please RT.

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hmm. the new twitter retweet feature doesn't let me add my own snark. half of my retweets are all about me!!!! #DamnYouTwitter

— baratunde (@Baratunde)

Baratunde

@baratunde

hmm. the new twitter retweet feature doesn’t let me add my own snark. half of my retweets are all about me!!!! #DamnYouTwitter

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I agree. Commenting was key. RT @Werner new style retweet is confusing, and I can't add context/comment

— shervin (@Shervin Pishevar)

Shervin Pishevar

@shervin

I agree. Commenting was key. RT @Werner new style retweet is confusing, and I can’t add context/comment

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Don't think I like twitter Beta "Retweet" feature - can't comment on the tweet and I like the RT at the beginning, qualifies it from begin

— jacob (@Jacob Mullins)

Jacob Mullins

@jacob

Don’t think I like twitter Beta “Retweet” feature - can’t comment on the tweet and I like the RT at the beginning, qualifies it from begin

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I hate the retweet button.

— Orli (@Orli Yakuel d0d5e8dcd9)

Orli Yakuel d0d5e8dcd9

@Orli

I hate the retweet button.

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13. And the resistance continues till today

RT @rklau: Tori Amos is 50. O_o MT @RollingStone: Happy 50th birthday, Tori Amos! 1988 cover story: http//t.co/IlyRh5XaCX

— moorehn (@Heidi N. Moore)

Heidi N. Moore

@moorehn

RT @rklau: Tori Amos is 50. O_o MT @RollingStone: Happy 50th birthday, Tori Amos! 1988 cover story: http//t.co/IlyRh5XaCX

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RT @chefjoseandres: a hot dog is a small plate. A burger too. A roll of sushi also. A taco too. Don’t fight it!

— ezraklein (@Ezra Klein)

Ezra Klein

@ezraklein

RT @chefjoseandres: a hot dog is a small plate. A burger too. A roll of sushi also. A taco too. Don’t fight it!

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like we can get around or turn off the blue lines — for now. Twitter will win this battle.

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