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Plagiarism and Twitter: More from Plagiarism Today (Jonathan Bailey)


Anyone who reads tweets on Twitter knows the perils of what I’ll loosely call tweet lifting (aka tweet appropriation), i.e. taking without attribution (or linking).

Yes, failing to provide citations for graphs, charts, statistics, fact assertions, etc. is also a Twitter problem, and other twitterers (tweeters?) will call you to account on those – at least smart, if not also bitter and twisted, twitterers will. New twitterers won’t know the rules right away, but will (or should) catch on quickly. Maybe we need a Twitter Bluebook. (hahahaha, no, please!)

For more about tweet appropriation, so to speak, visit Plagiarism Today and enter the word twitter (among others) into the search box. You will find Mr. Bailey’s comments about twitter ethics (and egos) and related subjects. You might want to start here, this excerpt from: “Twitter, Plagiarism and Retweeting,” by Jonathan Bailey, July 17, 2014:

…. People plagiarize on Twitter for the same reason they plagiarize on other social media, their blog posts and elsewhere: They want to seem clever and talented.

While retweeting is easier than lifting on Twitter, retweeting simply turns the new post into an echo chamber for someone else’s message. If you want to grow your name or improve your image, you need to post content under your name.

Unfortunately, it is easier to lift content than to produce original work, even on Twitter, and a small number of people do choose to plagiarize rather than create or retweet….” [Link to the full post at Plagiarism Today: “Twitter, Plagiarism and Retweeting,” by Jonathan Bailey, July 17, 2014.]

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