Image via WikipediaFor some who are not on Twitter this post may bear no meaning to your life. But for others who like myself use Twitter every day for professional development, I pose a question: do we really need to thank someone for retweeting a post? You see, it is not that I am lazy, forgetful, or ungrateful when some decides to resend out something I have posted. In fact, often I reach out to people to thank them for reading or leaving a comment. But the "Thanks for the rt" post that I am bound and destined by some Twitter etiquette - well, I am over it.
I get that people on Twitter are trying to mimic real life; when someone passes something for you, you thank them. And yet Twitter is not real life in that sense; I am not running to Canada to personally thank a friend every time they tweet out something of mine. So instead we try to thank them with an inane statement that does nothing to bridge communication. Does anyone ever write back "You're welcome?" Does anyone do anything more than skim the thanks for the rt? I know we all want to be noticed and I know we all want to be thanked for our contributions on Twitter, but let's thank in a different manner. Let's really thank people instead of taking the easy way out of the canned statement. If you really do appreciate someone sent your post out, well, then tell them that. Or don't. At some point there just is no keeping up with it. Some of the people who write many posts a week probably have no way of thanking everyone, and I think that is ok. I don't think we need to bash people for not saying thanks. I think we need to let this part of Twitter go. Yes, it is nice to be thanked, but when it is a hollow oft-repeated statement then what is really the point.
So I will say it now; thank you for always resending my posts. I notice and I appreciate it. I apologize if I do not thank you that day but sometimes I forget and other times I don't have time. And I think that is ok, do you?