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Monday, February 11, 2013

To Reblog Or Not to Reblog

Every now and then, bloggers take up "re-blogging" - it's almost like a pssing fad that passes and then returns again! WordPress has been a leader in the movement,
empowering those blogging via the WP platform with re-blogging tools.

How to reblog using Tumblr ::: Reblogging was first developed by Jonah Peretti at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center's R&D program under the project 'Reblog' (from where the term originates) as an open-source tool for individually-run blogs. Tumblr then built it into their social network for re-sharing posts within the network, and similar features ("Retweet" on twitter, "Share" on facebook) then followed.

Marcy Kennedy & Lisa Hall-Wilson present their take on re-blogging etiquette: I found this post to be very helpful and informative.

For Example ::: "Not all reblogging is created equal. Find out the format the original blogger prefers. Are they alright with you copying the entire post onto your site? Or would they prefer you copy only the first couple of paragraphs with a link back to the full article?"

Ah, yes, preferences. But preferences don't matter to the "adoptive" class of re-bloggers. They take vital points of a post and essentially rewrite around them. The adopted post sometimes bears little resemblance to the original, which makes me wonder why they don't just "go all the way" and totally re-imagine and re-invent the post they are "re-blogging." Does that make sense?

So, what do YOU say? Do you re-blog? Would you re-blog?
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