Back in 2007, I have never heard of Twitter. But, in just 2 years time, it became of the most talked social media network with fastest growing members. Of course, the difference between Facebook and Twitter is still huge in terms of active members. But, I can see Twitter slowly turning the industry to follow their steps. First, search engines and other major content based business start to use Twitter real time search engine. I have never heard of real time search engine before until it was first introduced by Twitter which followed by Google and other search giants. Re-tweets is another popular terms to share the same message to our followers. Re-tweet become famous and it is followed by Facebook with Facebook share counter.
Each marketer knows that Twitter is a shortcut to deliver huge traffic unlike other social network media. Each retweet can deliver hundreds of real targeted traffic to our site. Plus, I notice that Twitter referred traffic have the highest conversion rate compared to even search engine traffics. With increasing popularity and growing addictiveness within tweeters, it also draws more spammers to this network. I am sure you will receive at least some direct message which is automated every single day. New trend is to request for re-tweets. Of course, it is good to share some valuable information to our networks. Also, engaging positive tweeting activity will help us to get more retweets.
You can always ask your friends for retweets as they might be happy to do it. But, asking for retweet from a complete stranger with automated messages will make us look bad. It is simply asking someone to do a free job for us. This is the new trend of begging going on in Twitter now. If your content is good enough, they will find your tweets and retweet for you. I have completely ignored my direct messages as I receive few hundred DMs a day. Replying to autotwitter account makes us look like a loser. Writing good title and sharing great links will definitely help you get more retweets. If you are looking for retweets, start asking from your friends instead asking from a stranger. Get more real followers and engage with them by retweeting them.