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  Article updated: October 20, 2021

Like, reply, retweet, and message in Twitter streams

In Hootsuite Streams, you can like or unlike tweets from all Twitter streams, and you can respond to tweets with a reply, a retweet, or a private direct message.

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When using the Hootsuite mobile app, you can Like, Reply to, and Retweet a tweet. To send messages in response to a tweet, see Send a direct message.

Like or unlike a tweet

When you like a tweet, Twitter notifies the creator of the tweet.

Tip: Consider adding a Likes stream to your Hootsuite dashboard (see Add a Twitter stream).

  1. Go to Streams, and then select the board hosting the stream.
  2. Select Like below the tweet.

Reply to a tweet

Replies are tweets that are public responses to another tweet. Any @usernames you include appear in the conversation above your tweet, so they are not included in the tweet's character count.

  1. Go to Streams, and then select the board hosting the Twitter stream.
  2. Select Reply below the tweet.
  3. Enter your message, and then select Send.

Optionally, you may select the Add a Send private message button link below the reply text field. Selecting this option inserts a URL into the text field that automatically adds a button below your reply; the Twitter user can select this button to continue the conversation privately.

A button in Twitter with the text Send us a private message

Note: To use this button, your organization must have the Receive messages from anyone setting enabled in Twitter. To find this setting, follow the instructions in the Twitter Help Center.

Retweet

Retweeting allows you to re-share someone else's tweets to your own Twitter followers. You can retweet a message as-is, quote the tweet to embed the original tweet as an image in your tweet, or edit or add to it before sending.

Retweeting or quoting your own tweets from Streams can also be useful when you want to resurface earlier tweets or quickly reuse already-approved content.

  1. Go to Streams, and then select the board hosting the Twitter stream.
  2. Select Retweet below the post to retweet the message as-is. Or, select the retweet arrow and select one of the following:
    • Retweet - Forward the tweet to your followers. Your name is shown above the tweet as the retweeter.
    • Retweet from - Retweet from a different Twitter account. The name of the Twitter account is shown above the tweet as the retweeter.
    • Quote - Embed the original tweet as an image in your tweet. You may add your own comments to the quoted tweet. Until you publish, the quoted tweet displays as a preview of a Twitter URL (it also displays this way in Scheduled streams and Publisher). Because the quote is a link, it reserves 23 characters of your tweet. The quoted tweet displays as an image after you publish.
    • Edit - Modify the tweet before publishing it. The original tweet is preceded by "RT" and the author's @username, to indicate that it's a retweet. RT and the username are included in the character count.

Important: Quoted tweets do not appear in Mentions or Retweets streams.

Note: If you don't see these options when you select Retweet, enable Use Twitter Web retweets in your Hootsuite account preferences. Go to My Profile , select Account settings, preferences, and billing, and then select Preferences.

Send a direct message

Unless you set your Twitter settings to Receive messages from anyone, you can send direct messages only to Twitter users who follow you. See the Twitter Help Center for more information about direct message settings.)

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  1. Go to Streams, and then select the board hosting the Twitter stream.
  2. Select More Actions below the tweet, and then select Direct Message.
  3. Enter your message, and then select Send Now.