We all are aware of the Retweet button that is supposed to show up on Twitter soon. Doug Bowman, ex-Google lead designer and now working at Twitter, gave some insight into Twitter’s plans on this. He was answering questions at the GigaOm Bunker Series and one of the questioner asked about the delay in putting the Retweet button on. Doug explained that they are waiting to find a way to make sure that the retweets are legitimate (the person who is attributed to the tweet is the one who tweeted it originally) and they are not modified from the original tweet.
Though it is not a problem at this point, it has the potential to blow up soon, especially with more and more celebrities jumping into Twitter. Plus, the 140 character limitation forces people who retweet to modify the original tweet. The trimming could change the context altogether and create all sort of problems for the twitterers and, also, to the company in the form of lawsuits. In order to overcome this, the retweet button will verify the person who tweeted it in the first instance and it will also not allow any modifications. The retweets will be verified. I think it is a good idea and I appreciate Twitter for not rushing into implementing a retweet button that blows up on their face.