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?
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:
In Chrome, go to one of your tweets and right-click the grayed-out retweet button. Then, choose “Inspect” like so:
In the window that opens, look for this highlighted section of code:
If you double click there, it will become editable. Do that, and delete is-disabled and js-disableTweetAction like so:
Then, click on the word disabled next to that section, and delete that too:
Look back at your Tweet, and you should see that the retweet button is active. Click it, because it freakin’ works now!
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!