Have you ever re-tweeted a link without reading it first?

OK, be honest, who here has ever re-tweeted a link on Twitter based on the headline and without actually reading the article it links to?
timesjoanna
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna may or may not have done that once or twice!
RobChesworth
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I have in the past, but am now more careful and read before retweeting.
iantilsed
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna nope, never. I only retweet if I think it’s an unmissable article – difficult to gauge from a headline, regardless of source.
CCDigital
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I will sometimes retweet if I like the look of the article and trust the source before actually reading it in full.
niltiac
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I genuinely don’t think I ever have. Definitely before fully reading it though
DRMacIver
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I bookmark many links in twitter favourites file to read later.
garethoconnor
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I make a point to make sure the link is good before retweeting. And I do either read the article or star them to be read later.
niltiac
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna When training people in writing for social media I always stress the importance of describing the content in the tweet…..
sookio
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna …otherwise they have no reason to open it, read it or share it. People will RT on the strength of text alone.
sookio
September 26, 2011
Do I do it? I admit I have been known to retweet @timesnewsdesk without checking the link – especially if they’re breaking a story.
timesjoanna
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Matt Drudge – the mother of all retweeters – puts links up much faster than he could have read them
TomWhitwell
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Never with one exception: opting in to @TheNextWeb’s spread.us function for Twitter news #retweetinglinks
suellewellyn
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I’ve retweeted more than than once based on a headline!
jackyhood
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna not without at least skimming it
catnip
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Sometimes, but only if I know the person tweeting has a reliable track record of posting solid stories.
BigTastyBurger
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I very very seldom retweet without reading (usu. trusted source). Virtually always I’ll read thoroughly before RTing.
ElrikMerlin
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Yes, sometimes – but only If I’m sure the source wouldn’t link to garbage..
johnhenry
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I very very seldom retweet without reading (usu. trusted source). Virtually always I’ll read thoroughly before RTing.
ElrikMerlin
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna perhaps once or twice when I was young and guileless.. especially if the comment tickled a funny bone. Or my wife asked me to.
myphonedeals
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna YES! I trust the individual, recognise the validity of the story and happy to endorse their reputation, they posted orig tweet!
MattWarrener
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna No but I have retweeted a quote without checking it was genuine. Felt very embarrassed.
nicgibb
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Never. No way. I’d always read the link first.
jeremyhead
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna my biggest mistake, only read top part of article, retweeted, end of it had nasty content was notified deleted tweet right away
Mazi
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I haven’t made the retweet without reading mistake for some time. I’d rather check it over first.
Sarah_Booker
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I have occasionally if I trust the tweeter and I can read the URL – don’t tend to do it any more though – not good practice
sleepydog
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna very rarely, but I have done it…
patrickhadfield
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I did it once and that @jonathanhaynes gave me a right telling off.
malcolmcoles
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna all the time. of course.
brianwhelanhack
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I do it all the time
SophieCam
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna guiltily, perhaps once or twice, from trusted sources. That’s bad I know!
shellbryson
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Puffles does it all the time, but only frm sources Puffles reasonably trusts & under House Rule 3 – http://t.co/frtDSITz
Puffles2010
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Yes. I felt shame.
flashboy
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Yup, definitely guilty of that
katy_bird
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna yeah I have – *shameface* – but from ‘good’ people if you see what I mean. I do generally go back and read after
PatrickRiot
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna yep guilty as charged! But usually know & trust author
LouiseTeboul
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna yes but only from trusted sources (eg newspapers etc)
Petercampbell1
September 26, 2011
I have never done that @timesjoanna – which is why I always end up working late, I spend too much time reading articles!
NeilSmallwood
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Surely if anyone says they’ve never done that then they’re lying
patrickjpr
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Occasionally but usually only from trusted friends and with loose prior knowledge of the story, but trying to kill the habit.
alexwalters
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Genuinely never. Will always at least have a cursory read to make sure it’s what I think it is, or looks a bit silly.
katbrown82
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I have I fear. #smackwrist
MontagueBrench
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I haven’t, but I think it’s fairly common.
JosephStash
September 26, 2011
@richardtuffin @timesjoanna Sometimes because by the time I validate the article, I’ve lost the original tweet in my timeline.
Wolfie_Rankin
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna When I first started. Rapidly learned not to. Happens to me all the time tho. RTs happen within seconds of me tweeting.
edyong209
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I haven’t, but I know many people do since I’ve had a lot of RTs on headlines with broken links on a work account before.
minifig
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna It amazes me someone hasn’t taken advantage and done a rickroll.
carolinehonour
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna You’re suppose to click on the links? ;)
ALEXANDERCLARKE
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna Erm….. ;)
CurrentMartin
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna yup.
TomChivers
September 26, 2011
aye… RT @timesjoanna: OK, be honest, who here has ever re-tweeted a link on Twitter based on the headline an… (cont) http://t.co/cxdRdTFU
richardtuffin
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna you’re supposed to read them before retweeting?
subhajitb
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna guilty in the past, but now i do take time to at least scan-read a linked story before re-tweeting. Am I old-fashioned??
emmagilliam
September 26, 2011
@timesjoanna I try to at least skim read it, but if the text is RT-worthy, I’m more likely to read it in the first place…
lauratosney
September 26, 2011

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