Why do you favorite a tweet?

twitter-favI 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:

  1. They favorite a tweet to read later because they don’t have time to read it now but don’t want to lose it.
  2. They favorite a tweet to keep a list of things they like – ie. favorite it. So they can always go back to it later.
  3. 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.