It’s good to see a bit more of attribution by linking, or coined here as “Linktribution” in blog posts. Yet, I find it somewhat funny, and a bit disconcerting, that people are so rapid blogging that they are just attributing it back to some other blog post that is referring to another blog post …
So I am sometimes collecting examples of long back link chains.
So in today’s activity, there is a lot of folks blogging about the Map of Online Communities — its a gem and a half, and you betcha its appearing in one or all of my upcoming presentations.
Map of Online Communities by Randall Munroe, Linktribution to xkcd
Isn’t it a beauty? And its being blogged back and forth. I saw about 10 mentions i my RSS reader in the last 3 days (my first encounter came via a Tweet from D’Arcy).
But follow this trail….
- Stephen Downes blogs about it today but linking it back to ….
- Sailing By the Sound’s post on Social Networking and Responsibility who links it back as …
- (Image courtesy of apophenia :: making connections where none previously existed) in some way breaking the chain to the link is to the main entrance to danah boyd’s blog, and thus of no value once she adds a few new posts, but is actually situated…
- on a post at apophenia on maps + tech companies where finally we have the source linked correctly as…
- “XKCD has the best map today”
That’s a lot of hops to get to an actual source.
Maybe I am splitting blog hairs (or hares), or just need to get outside and be lass cranky, but I cannot re-iterate enough that one of the the unseen values we add when we blog are the links we create to relevant content. Proper links improve search results, increase the value of the network we create. I doubt anyone reading this would refuse to get proper attribution for their efforts, and surely, the creator of this lovely map deserves that credit.
Link, link often, and link to the source.