Retweeting is a Twitter convention created by users. Likewise, many other Twitter conventions, such as the #hashtag, were also created by users. Because of its speed of delivery and its potential reach, retweets are fast becoming the most viral way to spread ideas in human history.
The founders of Twitter launched an open platform into the world. Then developers built applications atop it and users created conventions to augment the platform's usability and to improve its value as a conversational tool. This is one of several reasons why Twitter has experienced such explosive growth during the past year.
There must have been one single person who first used the retweet (RT) convention on Twitter. Help me figure out who this person is. Please tweet (and retweet) this blog post so that it spreads wide.
If you have ever sent a RT message, please add a Comment below indicating the date of your first-ever RT message. Perhaps we'll find the original retweet message. My guess is that it was sent by someone who lives in the Silicon Valley area sometime in late 2006 or early 2007. Let's see if I'm correct.