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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.

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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

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

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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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

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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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.

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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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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The citizens of Twitter were obviously outraged at this change

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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 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 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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Orli Yakuel d0d5e8dcd9

@Orli

I hate the retweet button.

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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

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!

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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