I am asked frequently how you are supposed to handle ReTweets, Replies or Reply All on Twitter. Do you comment before or after the post? Should you comment at the beginning of a RT or at the end? What about when replying all?
Let me start off by saying that there is no RIGHT or WRONG way here. There is no required standard or specific accepted etiquette to follow. My goal here is to share what I do and the reasons why. Most will be preference or visually motivated. Let’s get started.
Whenever I RT a post on Twitter, I always put my comments at the beginning of the post. It’s my humble opinion that since I am RT’ing someone’s post and thereby will appear in their mentions, it should be easy for them to tell I am commenting. Additionally, I want my followers to see my comments in the post first, so it is clear I think it is a good article or information.
When I @ mention/reply to a single person I typically enter my comments AFTER their name in the post. This seems to get their attention easily and highlight to my other followers the person I am speaking with in a good way.
Just as with the Reply function, I typically enter my comments at the end of the list of people I am mentioning in the post. As a HootSuite user, it automatically places my cursor in this location, making it quick and easy to do so.
I hope these little tips are helpful for you and clarify some ways to use Replies and ReTweets more effectively.