Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni - Be a Blogger, Not a Thief: Link Where Linkage is Due

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Hi Valeria,

I'm a new wannabe blogger on the block and I can understand the pain which you have explained. Its absolutely ridiculous if someone steals the content posted by someone and claims it as theirs. All the hardwork, efforts put by original poster is gone for toss. I hope you'll get your due credit, but since internet and blogging is so wide now, I don't think if we should be really worrying about all these and feel bad or just ignore and move on. There will be always loyal followers and good people who will give you due credit. All the best and keep up the good job. And hey, wish me luck too :)

You raise a lot of good points - although without a specific example, I'm not sure I'm completely on board.

If folks are copying the majority of your content in an attempt to increase their SEO or claim the content as their own, clearly there is an issue.

That said, many blogs (e.g., hobby, personal, industry blogs) exist chiefly for the purpose of helping to aggregate & share the most pertinent/interesting links with their readers. In those cases, I think a link to your post with one or two sentences is harmless.

Although one might argue this should go away now that we have Twitter & Facebook to help share information, I think we lose sight of the fact that not everyone knows how to/wants to/is comfortable with/has time for using Twitter to access information. For those folks, the aforementioned blogs serve a purpose of exposing them to new blogs & sites they may be interested.

Frankly, I don't care whose link gets tweeted - if it leads a reader to my blog, I'm grateful for the new connection. Granted, I view my blog as more of a hobby, so am not concerned with monetization or else I might feel differently.

With respect to posterous & tumblr - personally I use my tumblr account as a repository/archive for interesting posts I've encountered that I think others might enjoy. Those posts are posted to Twitter because it's the quickest, most streamlined way for me to help share the info.

Bottom line (for a lengthy comment!) I think at the end of the day it boils down to intentions be ethical and to "do unto others as you'd like done to you".

What a great set of comments. I'm completely annoyed when I follow a link on Twitter and find a tiny scrap of someone else's longer post. I've started sending an @ message to people who do this and/or commenting on the blog to let them know what I think of the practice. They're not adding value.

I don't follow Otto's comment about the "real" RT feature though. I *hate* the RT button on the Twitter web interface because I don't get to add any comment about why I think it's worth the RT. It's mechanical and impersonal and I think it encourages junk RTs.

For me the value of an RT comes in someone's comment about WHY I'd want to follow that link, why they found it worth sending to their followers.

I often have to edit the RT text slightly to make room for my comments, or else I write my own comment, provide the link, and credit the source account(s) that brought it to my attention.

Since a good RT is a form of curation, I fail to see how it's a bad move or "stealing content." When I'm linking to the actual content someone else created, I'm certainly not stealing that--I'm driving traffic.

If I'm doing an RT just because someone's tweet is so wonderfully written I want to share it, I use the RT button.


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