Have you ever seen a tweet beginning with ‘HT’ rather than the more frequently encountered ‘RT‘ (‘retweet’, the Twitter equivalent of forwarding on an email) and wondered what it meant?
You’re not alone.
‘HT‘ is variously defined as either ‘Hat tip‘ or ‘Heard through‘. Either way, the tag signifies who made you, the poster, aware of the content originally.
Firstly, ‘HT’ saves you a character if you use it instead of ‘via’ (I know, try to contain your excitement).
Secondly, it’s important to always acknowledge the source of the content we redistribute. Don’t even consider clipping the text from a tweet that has wowed you and posting it as your own discovery. For one thing, it’s rude. Also, be mindful of the fact that there’s nowhere to hide on Twitter; whilst our individual follower group is unique (probably) to us, there will doubtless be a good deal of overlap with other users’ followers.
In short: someone will have seen that the tweet was someone else’s curated work, and whilst they may not call you out for having pilfered it, they’re probably going to dock you a few points mentally as a slightly less upstanding, less trustworthy member of their community.
So: don’t do it: HT it.
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