Twitter gives into narcissists with self-retweeting feature.
Who needs friends when you can retweet your own tweets? Photograph: Kacper Pempel / Reuters/Reuters. Twitter has finally given into its true nature and allowed users to retweet themselves, cementing itself as the mother of all self-reinforcing echo chambers.
No longer will users have to rely on others to amplify their views through their retweets of other people s posts – they can now merrily retweet their own opinions no one asked for, no third-party needed. The social network has been accused of being a filter bubble, packed to the gills with narrow-minded and self-obsessed clones, which is now more true than ever.
Self retweets even count towards the total retweet tally too, making self-retweeters feel even more self-gratifed. At the same time, @-messages will show up for everyone who follows a particular feed, not just the recipient and people who follow both the tweeter and the recipient, which means the .
@ dot-@ can be relegated to the digital dustbin in the sky. Tweets made in direct reply to previous tweets starting with an @-reply will remain using the old system, however, so your feed won t be filled with back and fourth conversations unless you follow both recipients.