How To Curate Content Without Stealing

is content curation stealing?As a content marketer that curates content constantly and markets a professional tool for content curation (The B2B ContentEngine), I am frequently asked, “is curation stealing?”  I wrote a blog post that answers this question and related questions, including copyright issues: “Common Content Curation Questions Answered.” It is a common concern, and it should be.

This is why when I came across the post “How to Curate Online Content Without Stealing” by Jeszlene on the First Communication Job blog, I wanted to curate it. It is worth reading if you are interested in content curation, as are some other post of hers. Here is one snippet that deals with crediting the source of shared content…

Credit the Source

Be honest and say, hey, found this great article by someone else and I’m merely sharing it. For example, a line such as “How to Find A Job Using a WordPress Blog originally appeared on WPBeginner“ will suffice.

For social media sharing, the correct etiquette will be to add Share (FaceBook) or RT (Twitter) @originalsource, or if you read the post through someone else, Share or RT @originalsource via @anothercurator. Should you modify the twitter copy, use MT (modified tweet) instead of RT (retweet).

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  1. Thank Greg for sharing my post! Really glad you enjoyed the read.
    As a blogger and community relations co-ordinator, I curate and create original content everyday, which allows me to see both sides of the coin. When content curation is done right, it benefits a wide range of people in a community and helps to build up a strong network of engagers, so cheers to ethical content curation! =)

    Also, I wrote a post “How Copyright Infringement and bad Social Media Ethics can Hurt your Online Presence” (http://firstcommunicationjob.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/how-copyright-infringement-and-bad-social-media-ethics-can-hurt-your-online-presence/) as a follow up to “How to Curate Content Without Stealing.” Hope you’ll like it too =)

    Have a great day!

    Jesz

  2. Greg Bardwell

    Hi Jezs,

    I agree whole heartedly — a combination of both original and curated is very powerful.
    And I will look at your other post … right now.

    Greg

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