Sean Sperte

Giving credit versus giving appreciation

16 April 2011

The way I see it, I should credit the original author or creator of a work, without question. However, I’m not going to stress over giving credit (e.g. “via so-and-so”) to the person or website that relays the link to the work to me via RSS, tweet, email or otherwise. If I can – meaning the tools are there for me to automatically do so – I will. Otherwise, I’m not going to go out of my way to credit someone for merely passing on a link. (It’s the internet, after all. It’s made of links.)

I’m not saying posting a link to something isn’t worthy of some appreciation. That’s different. I will do my best to thank those that link to something I take an interest in, and/or pass on to my followers and readers. And, where possible, I’ll do so using the same medium. For example, if I follow a link in a tweet that I find interesting, I’ll reply using Twitter.

In other words, you don’t always have to reward the messenger, just thank them.