Do we though?

Published June 3, 2010

There’s a new feature from Wordpress called reblogging, and it was introduced via this blog post: We All Like to Reblog.

First up, thanks for telling me what I like.

Now, I have been really impressed with the sudden surge in development at Wordpress. New themes are appearing all the time, and it seems as though they are really investing in making the platform more interesting.

That, in itself, could be of mild concern because we all know when new features start tumbling in, things usually start to go wrong. (Mentioning no names,

Still, I have seen nothing but good from Wordpress so far, but their latest feature has me puzzled. Essentially, it is a way to ’like’ posts - similar to the Google Reader sharing options. You find a post you enjoyed on any Wordpress blog and you hit the ’like’ button. That seems fine, although a lot of the comments appear to be complaining about overuse of the word ’like’. It is a little bit Facebook, isn’t it?

Once you have ’liked’ a post, you get more options and one of those is to reblog.

Now I am concerned. Reblog is essentially taking that post, creating a new post on your own blog and inserting a snippet of the original, with title and linkage, and hitting publish. It appears on your blog.

Fine, it has attribution and it’s only a snippet and it could be a good way to share and discover new, cool blogs. These days you can barely move for your content being RSS scraped, so encouraging good behaviour is, well, good.

There’s something about the word “reblog” though, that sets me on edge. It’s a Tumblr thing, I think, to repost something from someone else. Fundamentally, that feels wrong to me. Quote all you want, link away, of course. That is what the internet is for. But reblog? Really?

I’m clearly not the only unsettled one, as a further glance into the comments of that reblog post have a couple of people saying: “Uh, where is the opt-out?”

Of course there isn’t one, but that is a whole other rant.

So, to reblog or not to reblog, what do you think?

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