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When we do not understand the value others bring to the table, we feel we get to decide how much their value is to us and how now they view their own value.

Watch this video and you will understand how taking this approach is ridiculous.  Hat tip to Noah


A wise person once said to me that nothing is new and everything is an evolution of something that already exists.

There is nothing truer than this sentiment when it comes to the web. Look at the more popular sites and lets use YouTube as an example. How many of the viral/popular videos are parodies or response videos to another popular video? Old Spice ParodiesSh*t ____ Says and more.  I just watched Kevin Alloca’s Ted talk about Why Videos go Viral and found it fascinating how many viral videos are parodies on parodies of an original viral video and how popular *those* videos are.

The web is filled with individuals who have the ability and the need to take existing content and make  it their own.

But what about the originators of the content? Shouldn’t we credit and acknowledge those that created the original content? Or at least the individual or group that spent time and effort taking existing content that inspired us to put our own spin on it be it a comment,  a tweet, a shared link, a blog post, a pin or a video?

I am a passionate proponent of attributing where you found the content that was shared. If it was important enough for you to share it, comment on it, make a parody of it, then it should also be important to allow your friends/family/visitors to see the originating source. As Maria Popova says in the NY Times article  mentioned below “Discovery of information is a form of intellectual labor. When we don’t honor discovery, we are robbing somebody’s time and labor. “

Today the NY Times wrote an article titled A Code of Conduct for Content Aggregators. The articles highlights examples of content sites that hijack  popular content and re-publish it as their own. What this article fails to mention is that this is the way of the web from the monster content aggregators to the little itty bitty bloggers. Everyone on the web is guilty of taking content  and republishing it as if they were the ones to create it. Part of this issue is not just the actual content but the discovery process.

And here is where The Curator’s Code comes in.  They have created a web browser bookmark that allows you to participate in giving attribution every time you share a link. There are two different icons that you can chose from when sharing a link – one that is considered a “via” link and the other is a “hat tip” or better known as “HT” link.

As per the definition on their site, “via”  indicates a link of direct discovery and “HT” indicates a link of indirect discovery, story lead, or inspiration.

Hopefully this will help stop the endemic issue of taking someone else’s content or shared information and republishing it as  your own.

The folks in my twitter feed are all about spreading the link love . As I continue to look for more people to add to my feed, I  search for folks on twitter who are  not only involved to a degree in the high-tech industry, but folks who shared interesting blog posts, articles, studies, reports, etc in their twitter stream.

Twitter is my passive way to come across new, interesting and not always relevant content.  I cant emphasize how much I have learned from articles and blog posts that I have read that were all shared through link love. stop noise

Yet what I noticed recently is that a lot of folks have started importing multiple blog feeds (not their blogs)  into their twitter account and publish it using an automated platform.

I am not sure if the reason behind the RSS import into twitter is to really share with their readers new and interesting content,  “show off” that they know whats going on or maybe its just a way for them to raise their profiles on sites that rank twitter status and influence.  At least publish links to random & obscure blogs and not from the blogs that everyone and their mother reads on a daily basis.

This kind of behavior really aggravates me- I started following this person because I was truly interested in what they were tweeting about before they started importing blog feeds into their twitter stream.  Now my stream is filled with their imported RSS stream.

But at the end of the day  I am looking for new and interesting content, not the “same old” and what I really want, is *your* take on why you are sharing this link with me. I follow the folks in my feed for a reason – and its not to hear more regurgitation but to hear personal insight.  Share the personal insight – I crave the personal insight.


Bring on the link love and leave behind the automated RSS  in the twitter stream.

Now a days,  the internet is all about content.  Readers return to a site because of its content. They recommend the site to other friends because of the content.

What exactly is content?

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