STweM

Ever seen ‘MT’ in the initial position of someone’s tweet and thought: ‘is that a typo?’

Actually no, it isn’t.

Rather, it is a signifier of the fact that the poster has kindly added a little value of their own to the tweet in republishing it by modifying it.

MT‘ means ‘modified tweet‘.

‘Why would you want to modify a tweet?’ you may not unreasonably ask.

As it happens, there are a plethora of reasons why an admiring user may wish to tweak the content of a tweet in order to boost the value it delivers whilst still ensuring a respectful attribution to the original poster.

These could include:

  • Changing a hashtag in order to share the content with another Twitter chat community
  • Indicating that you have added (or perhaps deleted) an element of the tweet, usually indicated by placing the altered element in [square brackets]…

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