Twitter Reveals Revamped ‘Quote Tweet’ Functionality, Live on Web and iOS Today


Twitter today announced a welcome change to the “quote tweet” functionality of its social media platform.

Prior to the update, selecting twitter’s “quote tweet” option would start a new tweet containing the entire text of the update you were quoting, leaving few, if any remaining characters for you to share your own thoughts.

The new functionality will embed the actual tweet instead of its text, leaving you with 116 characters to tell the world how you feel about a topic. It’s really pretty stellar in comparison.


The enhanced functionality is now available for web users, and users of Twitter’s official iOS client, with Android support coming soon. Today’s update to the iOS app also adds support for the Apple Watch, noting that you can “Tweet, Retweet, reply and favorite in a flash. Quickly see recent Tweets and top trends. Share your location, a song or your thoughts with a flick on the wrist. It’s Twitter, but littler.”

I’m not sure that I’ve ever used Twitter’s “quote tweet” functionality before as it offered little that a simple retweet didn’t. Now that the experience is far better, however, I’ve already used the feature a handful of times. Hopefully Twitter adds the same functionality to its oft-forgotten OS X client sometime in the future as well.

Have you had an opportunity to try out the enhanced functionality? What did you think? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

— Twitter (@twitter) April 6, 2015


  • William Kappel

    Thanks for sharing this, Sooo much better than it was. I barely ever used quote tweet since it was so limiting, but simply retweeting always feels like its missing your input. This is a pretty perfect solution imo.

  • It definitely looks to be a great change for the better. Of course, some people aren’t happy about it but you can’t please everybody.

  • 3rd party apps will see such tweets as linking to the quoted tweet, from how I understand it. Does Twitter then interpret a direct link to a tweet as a new “quote” and display it as such on the web & in the official apps?

    There is still a place for the hard RT and the soft RT. This is really just treating tweets with links to tweets as a predefined type of ‘card’. Good to have another type of tweet content though.

  • Also, they need to figure out how to handle repeated cascading quotes. Quote a quote tweet, and you only see the immediate quoted tweet, not the original quoted tweet. Endless string of quoted tweets.