I have written a couple times in the past about the ReTweet as the Twitter currency. My conclusion was that you should lose credits when you RT and earn credits when you are RTed. I also suggested that the number of credits earned/lost would be fixed.
There is an interesting parallel here with the Twollars RT syntax: RT 2 twollars @giyom for …
I don’t know exactly how Twollars accounts for ReTweeter being ReTweted (Eiso?), but I like the idea of qualifying a ReTweet.
I see two ways to qualify it:
- a number, positive or negative, indicating how much I like something or not (although the negative number may not be practical)
- a hashtag or something similar, further qualifying my number. (BTW, I noticed that people like to add tags to the things they RT, but it’s not clear to receivers whether these were tags in the original tweet, or the RT only)
- Liking the Tweet: RT 2 @giyom … same as RT +2 @giyom same as RT ++ @giyom
- Not liking the Tweet: RT -1 @giyom … same as RT – @giyom
- Liking the Tweet for a specific aspect: RT 2 #fun @giyom …
- In addition, a regular RT like RT @giyom would be accounted as +1
Note in the last example that the hastag is before the RTed username, which allows the receiver to see that the hastag was added by the RTer.
A tracker may keep track of balances for each Twitter user, like Twollars or Twitbank does.