Twitter is getting ready to launch significant changes, including the ability to retweet yourself, as covered by the incomparable Lance Ulanoff on Mashable recently.

I got curious.

Could it be that these features are already live on Twitter, and just superficially grayed out in the code?

retweet-yourself

Yup. Turns out you can already use the “retweet yourself” feature by simply deleting the three little flags in code that gray the button out, using nothing more than your Chrome browser’s built-in developer tools!

Check out how easy it is:

Step 1

In Chrome, go to one of your tweets and right-click the grayed-out retweet button. Then, choose “Inspect” like so:

inspect-retweet-element

 

 

 Step 2

In the window that opens, look for this highlighted section of code:

section-of-code-for-retweet

If you double click there, it will become editable. Do that, and delete is-disabled and js-disableTweetAction like so:

delete-those-things

Then, click on the word disabled next to that section, and delete that too:

disabling-disable-lol

Step 3

Look back at your Tweet, and you should see that the retweet button is active. Click it, because it freakin’ works now!

rt-yourself-yay

look-retweeting-me

see-retweet-yourself-works

 

So far, it looks like I can only retweet myself if I add text to the retweet. If I retweet myself without text, I get an error.

If you try this yourself, let me know if it works!

Sean Malseed
Sean Malseed
Sean is a developer, technical SEO, and entrepreneur with over 10 years of industry experience. Prior to Greenlane, he founded CircleRank, a successful technical SEO agency in Philadelphia. He has spoken at major digital marketing conferences around the world, including PubCon, SMX, SES/ClickZ, and OMCap. He also co-organizes Philly’s monthly digital marketing event, SEO Grail. …
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  • Nicholas Chimonas

    Cool trick Sean, thanks for sharing 🙂

    One fun trick I’ve realized inspect element is useful for is to get rid of the login entry barriers to various social media sites like FB and Pinterest. I wondered one day if they actually loaded the content in the background and the barriers were just overlays, and they were.

    Same process, just delete the elements that appear when you try to scroll through a pinterest page or FB page when you aren’t logged in, and you can continue to browse as usual 😉

    • Sean Malseed

      Hah yup!

  • Farrah

    Wonderful article. It was really helpful for me. Thanks so much for sharing it. 😀

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