By Jennifer Daniel
Found a funny cat photo online? You can post it on Pinterest, tweet it, Tumblr it, or Facebook it—but Maria Popova, the blogger behind the popular Brainpickingswebsite, says you’d better be sure to cite where you found it.
Popova spends hours each day finding links to share with her audience, and argues that curating others’ work makes her just as much a creator as the people she blogs about. And just as deserving of credit.
“Discovery of information is a form of intellectual labor,” she said to theNew York Times.
“When we don’t honor discovery, we are robbing somebody’s time and labor.” She’s proposed the
Stands for “via”; use it to credit the source when retweeting or reposting something without altering it
Stands for a “hat tip”; place it alongside content taken from elsewhere and then altered significantly (such as adding analysis to someone else’s chart)