This refers to using Twitter on twitter.com the website (ie on a browser) and may or may not be relevant to those using third party apps on tablets or phones.
Update 8 March 2015
Oh for asterisks' sake, Twitter's tweaked it again. Using the technique below didn't work for me today (I ended up sending this tweet which has no credit to the person who originally wrote it) so I did the following and it worked instead.
- Click on the tweet's timestamp to go to the its own page (example)
- Ctrl+U to bring up the page's sourcecode
- Ctrl+F to bring up search dialogue box, then type pic.twitter into the box to search for the picture's actual address (http://pic.twitter.com/0ILNnWfiYc - it will look like a pic in a tweet)
- Pasted that into a new tweet
- From the tweet page, copied the text and name of the tweet sender and put it into the new tweet before the pic.twitter address
- Sent (example)
- Blogged, grumpily ;)
It worked. The below is kept for my prospective historical irritation.
EDIT 5 October 2014
Five weeks on from writing this post Twitter seems to have changed things again. I've seen several tweets referring to a cartoon by UK cartoonist Matt about human rights - the cartoon doesn't automatically appear at all unless I click on the tweet.
The original tweet's address is https://twitter.com/paullewismoney/status/518656173982351360 and when you go there and hover over the picture its (right click / copy) address shows up as https://twitter.com/paullewismoney/status/518656173982351360/photo/1 but on collecting it it seems to be this https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BzKjCoRCQAAhhQq.png
I'm afraid I've really no idea how you'd neatly copy and paste the text of the tweet and the address of the picture, such that the picture would show up in your own tweet, so that you could add a comment and manually retweet it. Can't see a good reason for Twitter to make this difficult, though I can see plenty of reasons.
Remember you can share a link to a tweet (the person may be alerted with a notification when you do) but I've no idea what happens if you share a link to the 'pbs.twimg' link.
Copying and pasting the tweet looks like this. Haha what a mess. Adding a comment to a tweet can be a valuable part of the Twitter ecosystem and I've written previously in praise of manual (comment) retweets.
Here's what it was like five weeks ago when it was still doable, though fiddly.
1. Manually retweeting a tweet containing a pic.twitter link
When Twitter publishes a tweet that contains a pic.twitter-hosted image (not all images are affected, it depends if where it's hosted) it hides the picture's address (URL) and just presents the image within the tweet.
This means that if you want to retweet it and add a comment the method of copying and pasting the text doesn't work, because the text lacks the picture's URL. I just found this out.
This is what the tweet originally looked like...
@JoBrodie Right click on image then select "view image" then click once on image to zoom to full size. @zeno001
— Unity (@Unity_MoT) September 3, 2014