What Is 'MT' on Twitter?

When to use 'MT' vs. 'RT' vs. regular retweeting

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If you’re relatively active on Twitter, chances are you may have come across a tweet or two with the abbreviation, “MT” in it. Okay, but what does that even mean?

Let’s cut straight to the chase here. All you really need to know is that "MT" stands for “Modified Tweet.” This is a tweet that was originally posted by someone else and then slightly changed in some way during the manual RTing process.

"MT" in a Nutshell

When a user puts "MT" in a tweet, that user just basically wants you to know that they are retweeting someone else, but some of the wording has been altered or removed. Think of it as a Twitter trend for editing other users' tweets before reposting them for your own followers to see.

Some people like to add the "MT" plus the original tweeter's Twitter handle to give them credit, or to add a comment on whatever they tweeted about. Other reasons for adding "MT" may be to add or remove hashtags or other users’ Twitter handles, cut out unnecessary information, or just simply add room in that cramped 280-character space for extra comments.

An Example of a Tweet With "MT"

Let's say that Twitter user @ExampleUser1 decides to tweet about the weather. She sends out the following tweet:

"There was wind, rain, hail, and sun today. All four seasons in less than 12 hours!"

Let's say that @ExampleUser2 follows @ExampleUser1 and saw her tweet. He wants to add his input but also wants to include the most important parts of her original tweet. To accomplish this, he'll add his own comment at the beginning followed by the "MT" abbreviation plus @ExampleUser1's tweet that he modified.

"Actually, it all happened in the span of about 7 hours! MT @ExampleUser1: Wind, rain, hail, and sun. All four seasons in less than 12 hours!"

@ExampleUser2 modified @ExampleUser1's original tweet by taking out some of the unnecessary wording in the first sentence. This way, he could cut to the chase while also saving room for his own comment.

When to Use "MT" vs. "RT" vs. Regular Retweeting

All these Twitter rules and trends can be kind of confusing—especially if you're a new user. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're interacting with others and want to reshare their content the right way.

RT: Use this abbreviation directly before the text when you decide to copy an exact tweet from someone else and repost it to your own profile (with or without a comment of yours before it). Typing RT before a user's handle is commonly referred to as manual RTing.

MT: Use this abbreviation directly before the text when you copy someone else's tweet, but take words and phrases out of it or restructure it in any sort of way.

Clicking the retweet button: The other option you have is to simply click or tap the retweet button, marked by an icon of two arrows circling each other, found under anyone's individual tweets that are on their public Twitter profile. This will simply embed the original user's entire post plus profile photo and handle it on your own profile. You have the option to add a comment as well before you do this.

The "MT" shortcut is definitely not as popular as the "RT" retweet one, or hashtags, but it's still used frequently by many users who love to share other users' tweets and add their own comments. It's a less popular alternative to "RT," and a lot of people actually still use “RT” even if they do end up modifying the tweet a little bit.

There are no real rules to Twitter—just common trends and abbreviations to help keep our messages short, so tweet however you like, Just remember to try and be nice to your fellow tweeps.