I have seen an interesting pattern while watching people favorite my tweets and others tweets. I have never really been a fan of favoriting tweets because I read them and then possibly open the associated link and it its good I re-tweet it. I have come to the conclusion there are three reasons at play here – maybe you can think of more:
- They favorite a tweet to read later because they don’t have time to read it now but don’t want to lose it.
- They favorite a tweet to keep a list of things they like – ie. favorite it. So they can always go back to it later.
- Draw attention to yourself from the tweeter.
While I can see the value in 1 and 2, number 3 simply annoys me. I also think if you favorite a tweet, why wouldn’t you re-tweet it? If it truly is a favorite then at some point you should re-tweet it in my opinion, otherwise you quickly fall into number 3.