Twitter is where we share, and we share, then we share again content that we want the world to see. The best way to spread content on Twitter is by ReTweets. You post something interesting, someone retweets it to his followers and a number of his followers retweet it again to their respective followers, and so on. That is how a content goes viral and how it becomes a relevant piece of information on the net.
If a user retweets a tweet of yours, it doesn’t only mean that your post is worth sharing, it means that he(your follower) considers you as a contributor or an influencer (if the RT of course is on a positive note). If someone RTs you, it is just right to thank him.
Why do you need to thank somebody who retweeted you? Because that retweet means that someone pays attention to you and your tweets, and that someone liked your tweet. Of course we are talking about retweets by real people and not those bots that retweet every tweet with a keyword of their campaign in the tweet. How would you show someone you are thankful for the Retweet? Angie Schottmuller lists 7 ways of saying thank you at Convince and Convert:
1. Follow the User
Don’t assume you already follow them. If they took the time to share your content, review their profile to see if they’re a good follow and then follow them accordingly.
2. List the User
Add the user to one of your relevant lists. For example, if they primarily post quality “email marketing” content and you have a list for that, and them to your list.
View the user’s Twitter profile and scan their timeline for good content to retweet. (The “Retweet” button makes this quick and easy. You can go back later and manually retweet with your personal shortened URL link if necessary.)
4. Retweet a Retweet
Yes, in essence retweet yourself. Since Twitter no longer allows posting the exact tweet more than once, a RT of a RT is a way to recognize the user and also put quality content back into your stream.
5. Conversational Mention
Reply to a RT with a conversational response about the post to ignite discussion. By using “reply” you enable other users to easily follow the conversation thread.
6. Group Mention
List the users that retweeted the content and include a comment or thank you.
7. Conversational Direct Message (DM)
Send a private response with a personal value-added note for discussion. (This can be handy if you don’t want to cloud your public stream with @mentions of thanks.)
As you can see, you don’t have to send a cheesy thank you message, you just have to notice and acknowledge his effort.