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Twitter test directly shows your tweet quote counts

The better to gauge your popularity, my dear.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
August 9, 2020
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21 June 2019, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart: The Twitter app is displayed on the screen of an iPhone. Photo: Fabian Sommer/dpa (Photo by Fabian Sommer/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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Twitter is going one step further in its efforts to help you track quoted retweets. The social media site has confirmed to The Verge that it’s testing an approach placing these counts directly on tweets, and has renamed them from Retweets with Comments to a far more digestible Quotes. If people are adding their own input to your posts instead of simply passing the message along, you’ll know it in short order.

The company didn’t say if or when it expected the feature to reach widespread adoption.

This wouldn’t exist just to pad your ego, of course. Twitter has been exploring ways to improve conversations and notifications, and this could help you keep track of quotes without delivering a wave of alerts. You might come back to Twitter more often if you know a tweet is generating a lot of buzz, or respond to someone if they’re taking a quote out of context.

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