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:
You say something?MT @0boy: best business aspect of social media is accountability. Consumers empowered 2 state opinions 2 world. Listen.
— Raging Conservative (@RagCon) January 9, 2013