08 Mar 2012
The lack of a new name quickly became a hotly debated topic on the Twitter website. “Let’s be honest, the name “The New iPad” is already a $10 billion mistake, black eye on the Tim Cook era, and it’s an hour old,” read one typical post.
If you are going to quote someone for your story, you tell the readers from whom you got the quote. “Twitter” is not sufficient detail to be considered your source; the individual that made the tweet is. In this case, it happens to be @douglas_blake, but I had to search that out myself. If a quotation adds detail to your story, if it helps make your point, if you simply want to use another person’s words you give them the credit.
It is such a simple thing to attach a name and a link to a quote or to include a “via”/”hat tip” when someone else pointed you towards something interesting. It is not even the matters of plagiarism or infringement that particularly bother me; it is a matter of politeness and a way of giving thanks for catching your interest or, in my case, for providing inspiration.
I guess, in that vein, I should redo the link from the top of my post, if only because they lead me somewhere: Suzanne Vranica and Jessica E. Vascellaro for The Wall Street Journal.
(Via The Morning News)