Here's my response:
The new, amazingly impersonal Twitter Retweet button has all the personality of the Borg, and no, I will not assimilate. To merely pass along info links without ever adding our own comments misses the point of, well, Twitter. It's called SOCIAL media for a reason. You know ... socializing. Sharing our thoughts ... our dreams ... our, yes, personalities. An opinion here, a word of encouragement there, a "This is so COOL!" is what we do. Wouldn't you think the people who invented Twitter would be aware of that? No, we don't find it necessary to comment on every RT, but we do more often than not, and personally, I don't want to RECEIVE only RT's with no comments attached to them, either. While it is true that RTing gets to be a problem as the message gets longer when names are added to it ... how about giving us 160 characters to play around with, then? Even without RTing, that would make a lot of Tweeters happy.
A major worry is "attribution"? That someone might misunderstand who originated a tweet? Do people need validation that badly? That someone might not realize YOU were the first one to send out the link to the new "Me lovzzzzz Chizbergerz" doggie photos? Besides, most people can figure it out. It's not rocket science.
Apparently the folks at Twitter also think RTing looks "messy" with names other than the original senders on them. Hey, life is messy. Get over it. One nice thing about RTing is that people other than your own followers can see your name, possibly be intrigued by your comment, click to see who you are, maybe like what they see and follow you. Cool. Social media at its best.
The idea that this new RT method will help us get retweets only about the kind of subjects we're interested in means we will all live on Twitter in our own insulated little worlds. But there's a big, beautiful planet out there, and most of us want to expand our minds with new ideas and unique stories and TwitterFriends who may be completely different from us. Social media is the great equalizer. People become friends here who would never have met out in the real world. From different parts of the country/world, different cultures, different tax brackets. Let's not "fix" that. "Information" is not the only reason we're here on Twitter. For a lot of us, it's not even a major reason. Come for the info. Stay for the people.