Twitter has rolled out a new feature that separates them from regular retweets to all users worldwide.

Unlike the standard reply, a tweet is considered a quote when reposted with a comment, but quote tweets will now have a dedicated section right after retweets.

Twitter mobile app
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Twitter mobile app

Twitter Support announced the update on Aug. 31 via a tweet that says: "Tweets about a Tweet add more to the conversation, so we've made them even easier to find." The tweet also includes a short clip on how to access the Quote Tweets.

The previous "Retweets with comments," Twitter is renaming the feature as "Quote Tweets," in which tweets are shared with photos, videos, GIFs, or just plain text. This is a great improvement from before, when retweets are considered regular tweets that make it difficult to find certain answers on a specific post.  

In order to access quote tweets, all you have to do is tap a tweet and then tap the quote option. Once you choose the "Quote Tweets" option, you'll have access to all retweets with other users' comments. Regular retweets, replies, and likes will remain with dedicated sections.

The update is now available with the latest version of the Twitter app, which can be downloaded from Google Play for Android and the App Store for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that runs with iOS 12.0 or later.

How Quote Tweets Are Useful

On Twitter, aside from sharing tweets, users can also share other people's tweets by retweeting them, so your own followers can also view the tweet.

The Quote Tweets field
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See how many have Quote Tweets there are

A quote tweet is also a retweet, in which you add your own comment on the tweet before sharing it. It was previously called "Retweet with comment." These are some uses of the new feature:

  • Quote tweets are commonly used throughout the Twitterverse and are regarded as a direct way to add your own comments about a trending topic. It is also a great way to add context for your thoughts since it directly references the subject being discussed.
  • Add a new comment on an old tweet to share a new perspective or pay attention to it if it is deemed relevant to be discussed.
  • Quote tweets to highlight other tweets about videos, pictures, or news stories and add your thoughts on why it was significant to share it.

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How to Use the Quote Tweets feature

The Quote Tweets feature can be used from the Twitter desktop website or through the mobile app for Android or iOS. Here is a simple way to quote a tweet.

How to Quote Tweets
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How to Quote Tweets

On the Twitter Website

  1. Click on the tweet you want to quote tweet. Look for the Retweet icon at the bottom of the tweet, a square made of two arrows.
  2. Click on the icon, and two options will show Retweet and Quote Tweet.
  3. Select Quote Tweet.
  4. A dialog box should pop up, in which you could type the comment you want to add to your quote tweet on the text box.
  5. Once done writing, select Retweet at the bottom of the Quote Tweet dialog box to publish your quote tweet. This will allow your followers to see the tweet you have quoted.

On the Twitter App

  1. Launch the Twitter app, then choose a tweet you would like to quote tweet.
  2. Tap on the Retweet icon.
  3. A menu will pop up, tap Quote Tweet.
  4. Another screen will show up where you can write your comment on the space above the quoted tweet.
  5. When finished, tap Retweet in the top right corner of the screen to share the quote tweet.

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