How to Quote a Tweet on Twitter

The best way to share your take on current events with your followers

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A great way to get involved in interesting discussions on Twitter, or just add your own two cents about trending topics, is to quote tweet. Quote tweeting is a staple form of interaction on this particular social media platform, and if you'd like to get more involved on Twitter, quote tweeting is a good way to start. Here's everything you need to know before you quote tweet on Twitter.

Instructions given in this guide include the steps necessary for quote tweeting on Twitter's desktop website and on its mobile apps for Android and iOS devices.

What Is a Quote Tweet?

On Twitter, you're not just limited to sharing your own tweets. You can also share other people's tweets by retweeting. A retweet is just sharing another person's tweet on your own Twitter page, usually so others (your followers) can view the tweet as well.

A quote tweet is a kind of retweet. While a simple retweet merely shares another person's tweet, a quote tweet lets you share another person's tweet and add your own comments to it. Quote tweets are sometimes also referred to as a "Retweet with comment."

How Quote Tweets Are Useful

Quote tweets are used fairly commonly throughout Twitter as they're usually a quick and direct way to add your own thoughts to a conversation about a trending topic. Quote tweets are a great way to provide context for your thoughts since they provide a direct reference to the subject you're discussing.

You can also quote tweet your own tweets from the past, allowing you to comment on those tweets to share a new perspective on it, or to bring attention to it because its subject matter is relevant to a topic you're discussing.

You can also use quote tweets to highlight other tweets featuring news stories, videos, or pictures by using the comment portion of it to explain why you felt it was important to share it.

How to Quote Tweet (or How to Retweet with Comment)

On Twitter, especially on the mobile apps, a quote tweet is referred to as a "Retweet with comment." Quote tweets can be produced from the desktop website or the Twitter app for Android or iOS.

How to Quote Tweet Using the Twitter Website

  1. Navigate to Twitter's website and log in to your account if you haven't already.

  2. Find a tweet you want to quote tweet, then select the Retweet icon at the bottom of the tweet. The icon should resemble a square made of two arrows.

  3. A dialog box should pop up. In the text box, type the comment you want to add to your quote tweet.

    A screenshot showing how to quote tweet on Twitter's desktop website.
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  4. After you're done writing your comment, select Tweet at the bottom of the Quote Tweet dialog box to post your quote tweet.

  5. That's it! Your quote tweet should now be published and your folllowers should be able to see it.

How to Quote Tweet From the Twitter App

  1. Launch the Twitter app, sign in to your account, then choose a tweet you'd like to quote tweet.

  2. Within this tweet, tap the Retweet icon.

  3. A menu will pop up from the bottom of your phone's screen. Tap Retweet with comment.

  4. You'll be taken to another screen. Just above the tweet you've chosen to quote tweet, write your desired comment.

  5. Once you're done typing, tap Retweet in the top right corner of your screen to post your quote tweet.

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  6. That's it!