What's an MT on Twitter?

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Editor's note: 140 characters was the original length allowed for a Tweet; these examples use that 140-character limit.

The short slang of Twitter changes from day to day, but even I had to Google the definition of MT on Twitter when I first started seeing it.

MT on ​Twitter stands for Modified Tweet. When a user manually Retweets a message, they often lose about twenty characters in order to make room for a comment, the username of the original poster, and the original Tweet.

In those cases, the user has to shorten the original Tweet in order to make it fit.

For example, when @DeepakChopra sent the Tweet below, he only left six extra characters out of his allotted 140. That means in order to share the Tweet I have to either use the native Retweet button, which basically just creates a new post in my feed authored by Deepak, or I can shorten it to fit it how I need.

  • My intent is to communicate with my colleagues through deep listening from the mind heart and soul. Support me - http://bit.ly/118kRPG

To modify the Tweet, I might do this, which comes out to exactly 140 characters. Good luck to the person who wants to MT me next!

  • Will do! MT @DeepakChopra Communicating w/ my colleagues through deep listening from the mind heart + soul. Support me bit.ly/118kRPG

But there are plenty of other ways to shorten it,there aren't any real rules here, just creative shortening!

  • MT @DeepakChopra My intent is to communicate with my colleagues through deep listening from the mind heart and soul. - You're an inspiration!
  • Same. MT @DeepakChopra's intent is to communicate w/ colleagues through deep listening from the mind heart and soul bit.ly/118kRPG

Here are some examples of Modified Tweets (MT) in action:

  • @BillWeirABC
    That's next week's show. MT @by_scavola don't care about #ABCTheLookout, rather watch @CynthiaMcFadden and @BillWeirABC playing frisbee
  • @OnAirWithRyan
    Well then. MT @AmandaBynes: This is a mocked up image I found on the Internet! I love @rihanna! She's such a beauty! http://twitpic.com/cu5ip0
  • @cencio4
    So exciting to discover new US clandestine toys MT @TheAviationist: US drone crashed in Somalia is Austrian Camcopter http://fb.me/2JnhttE47
  • @semil
    Whoa / MT @Pogue: Wow--check THIS stat. Only 15% of Ebay listings are auctions these days! (rest are "Buy it now".) http://j.mp/19noibZ
  • @Boeing
    MT @boeingairplanes: We've completed installing new battery systems on all 50 787s needing a retrofit. http://bit.ly/11oJGpn #Boeing

You can also see examples just by searching for MT on Twitter.

People have a love/hate relationship with Retweets and Modified Tweets and Hat Tips and all of those things. The old-school Twitter users have always been used to writing out our own manual Retweets by writing RT within a Tweet. Now that there's an official button, we only use it when we have to. Maybe it's narcissistic, but when I shout someone out or share something they write, I want them to know I wrote it!

For example, sometimes you want to tell people how much you really like an article, and you want to add "read this" to the Tweet. Or you want to Retweet a product promotion that one of your favorite brands sent out by saying "buy this, I love it!" Without using the manual RT or MT in your Tweet, you lose that genuine referral.

And like, sometimes you spend a lot of time and love promoting a company and want a little thank-you. For that, you're more likely to write the manual RT or MT. Sure, they can see a native Retweet in their Mentions, but for me, I find that a Tweet that's been commented on is so much cooler. It adds a little bit of genuine Karma. And if someone's gotta MT my Tweet to fit in their comments about something I wrote, that's fine with me!

Also Known As: modified tweet, retweet

Examples: Will do! MT DeepakChopra Communicating w/ my colleagues through deep listening from the mind heart + soul. Support me bit.ly/118kRPG