Yesterday I tweeted something I thought was quite witty. It was a bit of a throw away line about the CERN discovery of the G particle, otherwise known as the Higgs Boson. I tweeted:
It was obviously a popular tweet because it got some replies (as you can see). I continued on joking in this vein talking with tweeps about the OMG (particle) and thought nothing much of it. Until a nice guy based in Mumbai (that would be across the world in India) pointed out that someone had retweeted my original tweet without attributing it to me at all.
And sure enough here is that tweet from a 20 year old model from Mumbai Poonam Pandey -
Notice the time signature and that her tweet was retweeted 64 times!
I complained online and felt pissed off but didn’t think anything more about it until today when my man in Mumbai alerted me to this article in the Hindustan Times:
Not only did our delightful model friend nick my tweet but she retweeted it as her own and it even made the sodding paper!
Does it matter?
Yes. It. Bloody. Does!!
I know I’m not a working comedienne but if I were I would be able to point to theft of copyright, but more than that isn’t it the principle of the matter? Yes this is social media, but shouldn’t the principle be credit where credit is due?
Should Poonam really be getting the kudos for something her brain didn’t figure out for herself? For something she stole from me? I’ve tried to tweet the Hindustan Times on Twitter but haven’t managed to raise a response and wonder if I should do anything further.
What say you?
Tweets are there for the taking? There are bigger fish to fry? Forgeddabout it?
What would you do if someone stole something you wrote, or tweeted? Be really interested to hear your thoughts below.