Twitter just announced “Project Retweet”, on both its blog and on the developer group API. Specifically, they’re launching phase one of the project.
Wait, what’s Project Retweet, you ask? While the entire plan’s not out yet, it looks like phase one is a Retweet API for developers, which marks the first time that Twitter has made the retweet a supported feature of Twitter. Here’s what Twitter said on the Development Talk page:
“So soon [the retweet's] going to become a natively supported feature on twitter.com. It’s looking like we’re only weeks away from being ready to launch it on our end. We wanted to show the community of platform developers the API we’ve cooked up for retweeting so those who want to support it in their applications would have enough time to have it ready by launch day.”
The retweet will be part of the new home timeline and it will be visually different from regular tweets. And here’s a screenshot:
Here’s what co-founder Biz Stone had to say about Project Retweet:
Retweeting is a great example of Twitter teaching us what it wants to be. The open exchange of information can have a positive global impact and the more efficient dissemination of information across the entire Twitter ecosystem is something we very much want to support. That’s why we’re planning to formalize retweeting by officially adding it to our platform and Twitter.com.