Last year, the Washington Post asked and answered the following question:
“Do you have ‘RT ≠ endorsement’ in your Twitter bio? Maybe it’s time to take that out.”
Patrick LaForge, who coined the phrase, explains:
“A blanket phrase in my profile is not going to indemnify me. If I think a retweet is likely to confuse people about my viewpoint, or if there is some doubt about the accuracy of the original tweet, I add attribution, skepticism or other context. Or I skip it.”
Here are a few alternatives:
RTs = endorsements because that’s what RTs are.
Usual caveats about my own opinions apply.
Thoughts are my own, but, duh.
|Julia Holmes Bailey|| |
I RT what catches my eye. My views are my own.
|Henri Makembe|| |
Usual disclaimers apply.
|Hayley Tsukayama|| |
RTs != endorsements and, frankly, are sometimes accidental.
|Brad Stone|| |
Retweets are usually mistaken clicks.
|Gene Weingarten|| |
My tweets represent only the views of the Post. Personally, I disavow them.
Retweets are endorphins.
|Dylan Matthews|| |
Retweets are proposals of marriage.
|Tucker Carlson|| |
Retweets are emphatic endorsements.
|Dan Gilmor|| |
Retweets mean I thought you should see this; usually that’s an endorsement, sometimes not.
|Anthony Flores|| |
Fuck it: RTs are endorsements.
|Jennifer Steinhauer|| |
RTs concerning anchovies are probably endorsements.
|Joel Johnson|| |
Tweets do not yet reflect the opinions of my employers.
|Sheryl Stolberg|| |
RT = read this.
|Andrew Bleeker|| |
RTs are someone else’s.
|Nick Confessore|| |
Retweets = death threats.
Concludes Gawker: “If your company makes you add this disclaimer, tell the higher-ups they are stupid for doing so. If you add this disclaimer yourself just because you want to, you are bad at the Internet.”
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