Hat Tipping, and Other Social (Media) Courtesies

How often do you find content on social media that you want to re-share with your network? Each social media space has different rules and different ways of going about that process, be it “sharing” on Facebook or “retweeting” on Twitter. Or you can always copy and paste the content, contextualize it your own way, and reshare it with your network,

If you’re on Twitter, you may have seen a common abbreviation “HT” (or H/T) in a tweet, followed by a mention of another user. It took me a few times of seeing it to look for an explanation. Trusty Urban Dictionary gave me a bit of insight, and defined HT as “Hat Tip.” Essentially, it’s a way to give someone credit for a thought or origination of content.

Examples of Hat Tipping

It’s important to me to always give the originator of an idea credit. Whenever possible, if someone directed me to a piece of information, I try to give them a hat tip. I expect the same it return. That doesn’t mean that I expect a full retweet or share, but a little nod to say, “Hey. Thanks for sharing interesting content,” just seems to be polite.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when I find and share content, and it is then usurped from under me and played off as another person’s discovery. Sure, it’s the internet. It’s a big place and if there’s a relatively common news story, I don’t expect to be the one to get credit for breaking it. However, if it’s a niche item, a little respect goes a long way.

What do you think? Do you like hat tipping, or do you feel like the internet is for sharing regardless of the content finder/originator? Vigorous conversation in the comments section: GO!

Alexandra WhiteAlexandra is a WordPress & front-end developer who builds awesome things. She loves craft beer, apple cider cookies, and traveling to new places (especially when the trip is free). You should follow her on twitter and maybe you can become internet friends. Or maybe even IRL friends.