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How to share someone else’s Twitter video without retweeting it

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Retweeting is the default way of sharing someone else’s tweet with your own followers. It works for all content-type shared on the platform but when it comes to videos, there is one more way to share. You can share someone else’s Twitter video without retweeting it. This second method is already used widely by many users and you may have come across such video shares on your home feed.

When you share a Twitter video this way, it is visible to your followers in a neat way as compared to retweeting or quote-retweeting it. Your followers only see your caption, the video itself, and the name of the account which posted it originally. The last part is to ensure that the original poster gets the due credit and your followers are able to reach that account easily as well.

Share someone else’s Twitter video without retweeting

  1. Open the Twitter app and go to the video tweet that you want to share.
  2. Click the share icon to open the share-sheet page.
  3. Tap the Copy Link button to copy the tweet URL to the clipboard.
  4. Open the compose tweet interface by tapping the + icon on the Twitter app home screen.
  5. Past the copied URL in the compose tweet box and delete everything following the “?” mark.
  6. Add “video/1” to the end of the URL and add a caption if you want to.
  7. Tap the “Tweet” button to send the tweet.

This is how you can share Twitter videos without having to retweet them. Since this method does not deprive the original poster of the due credit, you do not have to worry about that aspect as well. The same method can also be applied when using Twitter on the web. The steps are similar including copying the tweet, removing the part following the question mark, and then adding “video/1” at the end.

Ajit Singh
Ajit is a freelance tech reporter who loves everything tech but has a soft corner for Android. He started his stint in tech journalism in 2015 and has previously worked with publications like Digit India and Android Headlines. You can also find his work on MySmartPrice.

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