What better way to spend #FollowFriday than by speaking about a very poignant issue to many Gen Y-ers today: Retweets. In terms of social media reactions, a retweet might be the highest and most prestigious honor of them all. When someone retweets you, they are taking what you’ve said, and sending it to everyone they know. The more followers they have, the more valuable that retweet is. People LIVE for retweets. It’s only natural for everyone to want a retweet, but begging for them is a little pathetic.
The Facebook “like” button is where it all began. Having a post on your wall without any likes is equivalent to social media suicide. It looks naked there, all alone, like a homeless man on the street that everyone completely ignores when they walk by. A retweet is comparable to a share on Facebook, where in the previous situation, not only do you give the homeless man change, but you then bring all of your friends over to give him money, too (just don’t poke the homeless, they get very irritated).
We want that satisfaction of a retweet so bad! We beg people with tweets like “RT if you agree!” and hashtags like #FollowFriday, #TeamFollowBack, #PleaseFollowMe, and #ImSoLonelyAndDesperatePleaseRetweetOrIllHangMyself. Some people are so desperate for the attention that they’ll even give people incentive to retweet them. Take this past week’s MLB All-Star Game for instance where a fan tweeted the following:
Naturally, in this sick f*ck society we live in, he got the 1,000 retweets and he stuck to his word. The guy is a complete and utter jabronie, but I do give him credit for following through. But what’s his excuse gonna be in court? “But your honor, I had no choice. I got 1,000 retweets!”
#F*ckingIdiot (though thank God he did it, the game was terribly boring!). Was going to jail for a night really worth the 24 hours of social media fame? Or how about the kid who was so desperate for a retweet that he posted a picture of himself threatening to kill his sister if he didn’t get a retweet from rapper J. Cole?
Seriously man?? WTF!! Though it was revealed after to only be a BB gun, it doesn’t matter. The fact that someone wanted a retweet so badly he would post this picture is absurd. Though, once again, the wish came true: J Cole did retweet it.
There’s also the whole system of favoriting tweets as well. While this is a nice way to get a little bit of acknowledgment for something you’ve tweeted, it’s nowhere close to the satisfaction of a retweet. Whenever someone favorites my tweets, I feel like a mistress. If you like it so much, why are you hiding me?
Favoriting is kind of like donating to a cause, but then refusing to wear the t-shirt the next day to the rally. You acknowledge that you support it, but you don’t need to be active about it. No one wants your pity favorite! Don’t be so greedy and keep it to yourself!!!
All in all, I understand the satisfaction in getting retweets. Trust me, I love ‘em as much as the next guy. I check my @ page every ten minutes after I send a tweet, just like the rest of you. People wouldn’t create Twitter accounts if they didn’t want people to follow them and retweet them. I just think we need to be a lot less desperate when it comes to making requests.
Let people decide for themselves if they want to spread your message about what restaurant you just ate at, or what TV show was just so OMG, without having to give them an incentive or threatening to kill your little sister.
Because when it’s all said and done, while you beg for retweets so you can be a “leader,” you’ll probably just end up getting unfollowed.
Check out last week’s ‘Generation Why!? The Selfie Epidemic‘