What does ‘MT’ Mean on Twitter?


As more people join social media sites in droves, there will always be a gap in understanding between the “old school” users and newer users. Twitter is one of those networks that is growing tremendously and there are often terms that are unfamiliar to many.

I learned this yesterday when someone on my social team asked me what an “MT” was on Twitter. Most people understand that “RT” mean retweet, but they didn’t know about MT. I chuckled and asked someone else on the team if they knew. Then another. Then another. Soon I realized that of the 5 people present at the time, only one knew what it meant.

That’s the lead in to explain that on Twitter, an “MT” is a Modified Tweet. When you retweet someone, technically you are stating that the Tweet is exactly as it appeared originally. If you make changes, even if to make it fit into 140-characters, it’s an MT. Here’s an example:


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  1. OKAY! This was something new for me…I knew RT but not about MT. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cinders_2001

    Thank you. I didn’t know that!

  3. Thanks for sharing what MT is, I will start using now. πŸ™‚

  4. Rob Seaver

    Okay JD… you are showing your digital age… πŸ™‚

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  8. SAGibosn

    I didn’t know that. I am guilty of modifying a tweet to make a link fit. I’ve made a note of that and will keep this in mind for future reference. But for those tweets that have but revised to fit the word limit, have I committed a faux pas?

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  12. I found your answer because I googled “What does MT mean on twitter”. Someone MT’d one of my tweets and I wanted to know what it meant…thanks for the insight…

  13. Roberto

    Thanks,I’m still learning.