#HootTip: Change your Re-Tweet Style on the Fly

By Ashley Jane Brookes | 5 years ago | 36 Comments

Hoot Tip of the Day

With so many features in the HootSuite dashboard, even experienced users can have a tough time staying up to date with all the ways to monitor and engage on the social web. Each #HootTip will help you explore the handy tools and powerful features in HootSuite to help you along the path to social success.

Change Re-Tweet Style on the Fly

Retweets are a great way to share content and expand your network by amplifying tweets that resonate best with you and your following. HootSuite’s Retweet functionality allows you to choose between “old-school” RTs, which allow you to edit and add your thoughts, and automatic “web native” RTs, which don’t.


Here’s How It Works:

  1. First thing’s first: Ensure that you’ve enabled Twitter Web Retweets in your HootSuite dashboard settings.

  2. From now on, it’s simple. In your dashboard, hover over a Tweet and click on the Retweet icon.

  3. Automatically, a small dialog box will appear asking “Retweet to your followers?”

  4. For automatic web native RTs, click “Yes.” The Tweet will automatically be retweeted to your followers.

  5. Or, to make edits, click “Edit.” A copy of the Tweet will automatically occupy the “compose message” box for you to modify and share to your followers.

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rnb_001 5pts

Hello! I use the mobile app (Android) and I've just seen that I can no longer edit, but I can only quote, which gives me a link. I miss the good ol' "edit" function.

Can we get back to that?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator 5pts


Thanks for your feedback! We will definitly pass this along! 

In the interim, I suggest using Android's 'copy this tweet' option from the menu tab and then pasting the Tweet, editing the content, and posting as an Old Style Retweet.

Kind regards,

Jocelyne | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

BeckyTaylorPA 5pts

Any updates on adding the ability to retweet automatically?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator 5pts


Hey Becky,

At this time we do not offer automated Retweeting within Hootsuite, this is to ensure we are adhering to our partnered Social Networks Terms of Services.


Jocelyne | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

DanishWadhwa 5pts

Hey is there any provision to schedule a retweet on HootSuite?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator 5pts

@DanishWadhwa Hello there,

I'm afraid there isn't an option to schedule a native retweet at this time, however you can select to retweet then click 'Edit' - once in the edit field you can scheduled the RT tweet.

If you have more questions please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter @Hootsuite_Help or chat up via hootsuite.com/help !

Taavi W. | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

flyinjam 5pts

Is there a way to make a scheduled Retweet look like? When I schedule one, it comes up as sometihng along the lines of "RT @johnsmith' rather than the little green retweet icon and the words 'johnsmith retweeted' at the top

Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator 5pts

@flyinjam Hello there,

I'm afraid only the way to schedule a retweet right now is by using the "RT @username" method. We're looking into expanding the retweet options in future updates.

If you have more questions, please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter @Hootsuite_Help or via chat at hootsuite.com/help !

Taavi W. | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

Hannah Clark
Hannah Clark 5pts

Is there a way to comment on a retweet without using up the character count like you now can on native twitter?

Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator 5pts

Hi Hannah,

Thanks for reaching out to us via our blog, my name is Camille from the Help Desk and I'd be happy to assist you in this matter.

As it turns out, this is not a feature that we provide at this time. Though we are always updating the dashboard with new features, so there's always a possibility! I invite you to have a look at our Feedback Forum where our Developer teams check daily and actively engage in user's requests and provide updates in which suggestions get pushed forward!

I was able to find this link that's related to the subject, which looks like it's currently under review. Keep checking back as this is a great spot to learn about updates: https://feedback.hootsuite.com/forums/40182--hootsuite-com-web-dashboard/suggestions/7722519-support-for-twitter-s-new-quote-feature

Hope this provided insight to your inquiry, but should you have any questions, concerns or need assistance - please don't hesitate to ask!


Camille | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

VineCommittee 5pts

is there anyway to "rt from all accounts" on the iphone or must we manually select ALL accounts, very inconvenient this way'

Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator 5pts

@TrevorTynes Hi Trevor! Yes, you can schedule an "old school" style retweet from the mobile app, but not the new version. To schedule the retweet, proceed with the regular workflow to Edit and Retweet a tweet, and then tap the calendar icon to schedule the message rather than tapping Send. 

I hope this helps!


Megan @Hootsuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help

DS 5pts

How does one choose which Twitter account natively retweets when you click "Yes"? Managing 4 separate Twitter handles here. 

sincerelyloewe 5pts

@DS I'd also like to know if this is possible. At the moment I have to use the "edit" function and RT it like a quote if I want to RT something from another Twitter account.

Hootsuite_Help_Desk moderator 5pts


Hi there!

Thank you for reaching out, my name is Monika and I'm more than happy to help you.

By default, each stream is connected to a Twitter account which can be found in the header of the stream. The Twitter handle that is in the header will be the one retweeting the post from the stream.

If you do have any more questions or concerns please reach out to us either via Facebook private message or via Twitter (@Hootsuite_Help). 


Monika | Customer Advocate | hootsuite.com/help

George Kourous
George Kourous 5pts

It would be great if Hootsuite gave the option to *schedule* Twitter-style (new) RTs too....

eidylon 5pts

Doesn't show up in the chrome web app

David Esquimal
David Esquimal 5pts

this function appeared to me as default, and i have to confess that i'm really enjoying it, having to re-build the tweet in a very weird way to just add something it was very weird.

birkenbihl 5pts

whoch App on ipad?

please to log in via twitter, i forgot how i logged im at your website long ago (sorry, i hate all this typing such infos in fields with too small characters, if i enlarge, lines get too long sideways a it's NOT NOCE,).

if you have a iphone-version i would like to use it with iphone AND ipad, then everything is big enough for my old/tired eyes.

can you help??


i really like your work. thanks


t: @VeraFBirkenbihl

AmazingSusan 5pts

I just wish the predictive twitter handle function in update replies would be fixed. It is and #EPIC #FAIL to have to type in twitter nicks manually. The Tweetdeck functionality of just clicking is much superior for this....

Rob Berman
Rob Berman 5pts

Thanks for adding this feature. I have been waiting for it to arrive. I now get the choice on how to handle my RTs.


Ann 5pts

THANKS!!! I do often want to add a comment, and this makes it SO much easier!

JeffTincher 5pts

THANK YOU!! i had tweeted about that a few times. That was one of the only things I still liked about TweetDeck was to edit my RT from the browser/app. It's always worked good from iPhone so had wondered when the browser version would catch up!!

I like how you guys just SNUCK that change in! I almost didn't even notice this evening!

Adam 5pts

Any integration w/ the mobile apps? iphone? android? Is there any way to "web-RT" in mobile apps anyways? thanks!

Janet Wentum
Janet Wentum 5pts

I've always wanted to add a comment or two before I retweet. Thanks for making that option available.

blackshtef 5pts

You need to enable new-style RTs in your Preferences. Then you'll be able to see it ;)

Jon Morter
Jon Morter 5pts

They do work. Make sure you have your 'retweets' setting ticked on the settings page. If this isn't ticked it won't be an option.

victor 5pts

WOW! Fantastic! I was waiting for this feature!

kaffeeringe 5pts

Oh! There's just one other thing I'd like to have: A setting for RT-style. I would prefer to use ~ instead of "RT" - it saves a character…

kaffeeringe 5pts

Very cool! The one thing I really missed in Hootsuite! Thank you very much.

Alvaro 5pts

Wohooo! finally!

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Ann Arbor Preschool Events 5pts

I'm not getting it either in Safari. Love it in HootDroid. I tried logging out & back in. Maybe you need to have the paid version.

Michael 5pts

Sweet! Thanks for adding this feature

vmdoug 5pts

I don't see this option on my dashboard using either Chrome or Firefox. I'm really looking forward to this feature as HootDroid has had this option/prompt for some time now.

Bert Webb
Bert Webb 5pts

For this option to show up, you must have the "Use Twitter Web retweets" checked in your preferences. If left unchecked, you do not get the option but are forced to use only the old retweet style.

Bri 5pts

Thank you very much for adding this option! Very helpful!