Reblogging is Back!

As we mentioned last week, you can like and reblog posts directly from your reader, which displays a stream of all the updates published on all the blogs you follow from your WordPress.com account.

We’ve also brought the reblog button back to the toolbar that appears at the top of the screen when you’re logged into WordPress.com. Note that you’ll only see the like and reblog options while you’re looking at individual posts.

For example, you’ll see this on the left side of your toolbar while viewing https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/read-blogs:

And your toolbar will look like this while you’re browsing the home page of en.blog.wordpress.com:

How does reblogging work?

Reblogging is a quick way to share posts published by other WordPress.com users on your own blog. People have been reblogging others’ posts since blogging started, but our new reblogging system enables authors to retain greater control over their content.

When a post is reblogged, it shows up with a link back to the blog it came from, the first image in the post, an excerpt of the post’s introduction (if it contains text), and thumbnails of any other images that the post contains. It also shows any comments left by the person who reblogged the post:

Reblogs published on blogs you follow will also appear in your reader:

What happens when my posts get reblogged?

An excerpt of your post will be published on the reblogger’s site (with a link back to your original post), and you’ll receive a reblog notification in the post comments (you might need to approve it first):

You’ll also receive an email notification of the reblog.

Do I get credit when someone else reblogs one of my posts?

Absolutely! All reblogs contain a link back to your original post, so the more people reblog your posts, the more likely it is that you’ll attract new visitors (and perhaps new followers, too!).

What happens if I reblog a reblog?

If, for example, Stephane reblogs a WordPress.com announcement on his site and Lori reblogs Stephane’s reblog, Lori only re-publishes any comments Stephane made about the announcement. If Lori wants to share the original announcement, she should reblog the post from en.blog.wordpress.com, not from Stephane’s reblog. But if Stephane leaves a really clever comment, Lori might want to share it by reblogging his reblog on her site.

Can I edit a post I’ve reblogged?

You can go back and edit the comments you left when you reblogged a post, but you cannot edit any parts of the original post excerpt (including the post title). If you like, you can add categories or tags to the post. Reblogs show up under Posts → All Posts in your dashboard, and they can be edited the same way you edit your own posts.


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  1. Amaury

    Reblogged this on LA ZONA II and commented:
    Me gusta..!!!

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  2. Gadget

    Reblogged this on Gods Gadget and commented:
    just trying out the feature

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  3. Kopral Cepot

    Reblogged this on Kipr@h JelemA LeuTik nu UnIK.

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  4. Jim Kemeny

    This is a reply to Matt. Yes, that was a bit unclear. Its like this: As a Brit living in Sweden I have a limited amount of interest from Swedes. So if I re-blog a post from a Swedish language blog, very few who read my blog will understand it. Perhaps if they appeared in a separate list of recent re-blogged posts it would be different.

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  5. hi5pat

    Reblogged this on Long Thoughts and commented:
    This is going to be so much fun 🙂

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  6. Kate Mag

    The reblog feature feels like the repin feature from pinterest.
    I love this feature and wondering when this feature will be available in the Jetpack plugin for WordPress.org?

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  7. Kate Mag

    Reblogged this on The Blog of Pixel Insert : Android, CentOS, cPanel, Mac, WordPress, Code Snippet and commented:
    I would like to see this feature available for wordpress.org or standalone WordPress.

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  8. smilesxdoggies

    Reblogged this on That is a fallacy! and commented:
    Woahh wordpress has now a reblogging function!

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  9. newsbyphotos

    Very Interesting, this reblogging.

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  10. Bisida

    Reblogged this on Komputer Untuk Pendidikan and commented:
    This is a great feature…

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  11. yuvalalkar

    Reblogged this on YuvaLalkar.

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  12. Novembre Pleut

    Does a re-blog count as a post on your page?

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    • Erica Johnson

      Yep, after publishing a reblog, you’ll see it appear with other posts you’ve published on the Posts -> All Posts screen in your dashboard.

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  13. redroses98

    nice 🙂

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  14. Cheryl

    Thanks for the effort. I’m happy reblog is back, particularly for photos! Not sure I like Gravatar’s showing up within the text of the actual reblog post – including mine in the reblog comment section – on my own blog? Maybe there’s a way to turn them off within a single post, but I don’t know how. I understand the value of “comment” but still prefer an intro to the reblog to show that I reviewed the original post and liked it enough to want to reblog it on my blog. I think I’ll stick with my own process developed when WordPress temporarily removed the reblog function: Set up reblog as a category and tag; study the post; write a brief intro based on what I think/feel about the post I’m going to reblog, research other articles/posts from that same person and others based on the topic; set up the links/pingbacks/trackbacks and photos to dress it up. That way it looks less “Twitterish” and the original author gets full credit and an array of their work … all in one place. I see a lot of click through’s on my reblogs.

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  15. xoxomheg

    this is awesome! thank you!

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  16. Words of Little Relevance

    Oh awesome, I like this feature. Many thanks.
    James

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  17. composerinthegarden

    SInce there isn’t a reply button, I’m copying our previous conversation below:

    Let me clarify; I think it is entirely appropriate to use a short quote and create a link to someone’s blog if you are making reference to it. That is in the spirit of the blogging community and the practice that I and many other bloggers follow; in my experience, this drives traffic to other blogs. I even send a note ahead of time to the linked blogger before posting. What I don’t think is appropriate is the wholesale copying practice of reblogging, as it encourages bloggers to use others’ intellectual property instead of creating their own. If, however, WordPress continues to make reblogging easier, then it should engineer a “prevent reblogging” option in the dashboard for those of us who do not like the practice rather than putting the burden on us to track down the reblogger and take action. Enough said.

    Composer:
    “I cannot believe you are encouraging this practice after your blacking out of Freshly Pressed in protest of SOPA. The real issue is protection of intellectual property; SOPA may have been flawed in its implementation but the intent was to protect content creators. What ever happened to the small effort of a short quote and a link to someone’s blog instead of wholesale theft through reblogging? I agree with Tracy above – give those of us who work hard on creating original content an opt-out button on this instead of facilitating a practice that encourages misuse of blogging content and makes me work to prevent it.”

    Matt
    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:51 pm
    I do not think that quoting and linking to something is an issue of intellectual property. It’s 90% of what I do on my blog http://ma.tt/ — would you suggest that my blog should be taken down?

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    • Matt

      I feel like you have an idea of what the word “reblogging” means that is pretty negative. And it’s true, I think it did have a negative connotation in the past, more of spamming and ripping off than of curation and blogging. You might need to redefine how you think about that term, check out how people are actually using the feature, even on this very post.

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  18. OC Beach & Home

    Reblogged this on ochomelookup.

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  19. Jody R. LaGreca

    Reblogged this on Jrlagreca's Blog and commented:
    As a beginner blogger this content is very informative, thanks!

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  20. Sara Niles

    Reblogged this on IMPACT Books & Art and commented:
    Convenient!

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  21. Brandon

    Reblogged this on Big B and commented:
    This is a new option provided by WordPress. I think it is beneficial for some posts.

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  22. Brandon

    I just reblogged this on my site: http://www.bigb94.info

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  23. ashleytypes

    Reblogged this on ashleytypes.

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  24. Jane

    Reblogged this on Not In India 2012 and commented:
    This is an article about an option from WordPress, called reblogging, which allows you to easily share a post from MY blog which you might find interesting enough to want to share on YOUR blog. It helps me also get more hits on my posts and introduces me to your blog as well, which I might then want to share via my blog with other readers. A win-win situation.

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  25. doctorwhofan98

    Reblogged this on All of time and space and commented:
    Reblogging is (finally) back. Thought I’d share it in case you all didn’t know. 🙂

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  26. Meir Weiss

    Reblogged this on Meir Weiss' Blog.

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  27. Sandeep Yadav

    Great work buddy this looks amazing

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  28. 400billion

    Reblogged this on 400billion.

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  29. Vasilij

    Reblogged this on tarnermodell and commented:
    Yes, that’s a really cool feature: Thank’s for that!
    Bye for now, Vasilij from Switzerland 🙂

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  30. colonialist

    I discovered it by having one of my posts reblogged – and wondered why I hadn’t known about the feature!

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  31. catalinagooden

    Reblogged this on Catalina Gooden and commented:
    iDigg it

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  32. Eggton

    How can we opt out of the reblogging feature? It violates copyright even with the trackback and the attribution, because the reblogger is not asking permission to use copyrighted material first.

    Just trying to register my concerns so you know that bloggers educated in legal issues are not happy with this.

    Thanks!

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  33. PostCollegiate

    Excited to see reblogging as an option for WordPress but not sure if it’s something that I’m excited about yet. I prefer reblogging for my media-heavy content on Tumblr. Would love to hear from people who are using reblogging as a way to drive conversation and discussions.

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  34. Andres Bocanegra

    Reblogged this on San Antonio Conservative.

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  35. Papa Stu

    Reblogged this on Papa Stu's World (as I see it) and commented:
    This is great

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  36. Renatus

    I’ve just discovered someone is reblogging my original content of my blog without quoting the source of the information. Do you think this is fair? Thanks.

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  37. publishinglab

    Reblogged this on publishinglab and commented:
    This is a nice option for you to use in your inspiration posts. Please make sure that you add something to the conversation here. That means commentary or comparing and contrasting two pieces.

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  38. fromthericefields

    Might be useful someday soon for me

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  39. ixsele

    Reblogged this on Love Hellas!.

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  40. lisparc

    Reblogged this on lisparc.

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  41. nelson RN

    Nice feature! Thanks!

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  42. densilpo

    Reblogged this on destination: unknown.

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  43. edwardgangi

    Reblogging is awesome!!!!!

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  44. s5saso

    Reblogged this on s5saso.

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  45. babolnart

    I’m not very happy about reblogging. I write and create original content and I want that to appear only on my site. Re-blogging takes that away from me. The links help redirect traffic no doubt, but it promotes re-publishing someones hardwork. It’s like watching a National Geographic show on Discovery Channel. Bloggers should have an option to allow or disallow reblogging of his/her site.

    Please re-think this… this is like promoting Blogspot on WordPress.

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    • Erica Johnson

      Being able to disable reblogging would not necessarily prevent others from copying material from your site and reproducing it elsewhere. Making your blog private is the only way to ensure that your content stays on your site.

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  46. widetyo

    Reblogged this on inkjetcoderdomino and commented:
    this is a nice feature and i’d try this chance. Reblogged this on inkjetcoderdomino.wordpress.com

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  47. vin8tan

    Reblogged this on singapoREDESIGNED and commented:
    Sharing done right. Companies supporting SOPA should follow in many new media’s footsteps to make it easy and effortless to share information and knowledge while giving the original author its due credits. Huge companies have fallen behind time and fail to implement ways that the new society works. Hence they are supporting a over arching, anarchy policies such as PIPA and SOPA. If your company failed to block out hackers, then it is entirely your own fault for not having a system robust enough to keep them out. Do not blame the users.

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  48. Mihir Vatsa

    Reblogged this on Mihir Vatsa's Poetry and commented:
    So, reblogging is back; and I am happy. 🙂

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  49. Zipp&Luv

    Reblogged this on Zipp&Luv.

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  50. designinhabit

    Reblogged this on design(in)habit and commented:
    I saw this post on WordPress and thought… well, since my new blog is looking very bare and I have yet to start writing my brand new blog, this could be the most brilliant solution. So, to get myself from looking at this extremely intimidating blank canvas, I will reblog a few posts before officially starting my new blog!

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  51. chaedalhabibah

    Reblogged this on chaedalhabibah and commented:
    😀

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  52. @by

    Reblogged this on @by.

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  53. hewicke

    Wow! This is an awesome feature. I am very new to WordPress and this almost reminds me of a site that I am more familiar with, Twitter. Twitter has a feature that is called “Retweet.” When someone retweets a post, that means they liked the post, or extremely did not like the post, but reposted it for their followers to see. I love that WordPress has this feature too!

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  54. Kim Goldberg

    Thanks for the helpful posting! 🙂 The very last line of your post reads: “Reblogs show up under Posts → All Posts in your dashboard, and they can be edited the same way you edit your own posts.” Does this mean some total stranger can edit/rewrite MY posts if he/she reblogs it? That is certainly what it sounds like you are saying. That would be totally unacceptable to me. As a lifelong professional writer, I would have to quit blogging if that were happening to my postings (other people rewriting them). My PUBLISHERS of my books don’t even have the legal/contractual right to alter my text without my consent. Please clarify the last sentence of your posting for me. Thanks! 🙂

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    • Erica Johnson

      Rebloggers can only go back and edit the comments they left when they reblogged your post, but they cannot edit any parts of your original post.

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  55. Justin Cooney

    Thanks for the detailed explanation, I wasn’t sure what exactly reblogging is all about. It sounds like a useful feature, I will try it!

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  56. 3tri33

    Reblogged this on me and granny.

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  57. redchass

    Reblogged this on redchass and commented:
    I think shud try this if it will work like what tweeters do.. but may be sharing your mind in blog is harder than tweet-ing it.. I dot know why… (so true)

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  58. Doug

    This is interesting and those for and against rebogging have valid points. There are creators and curators.

    From The Columbia Journalism Review on Rebogging

    “There are lots of ways of publishing content onto the web, and if you look at the relative popularity of, say, WordPress vs Tumblr vs Twitter, then it’s easy to come to the conclusion that the easier you make it to publish, the more popular you’re going to be. But at Tumblr, at least, there’s something else very interesting going on: according to Karp, there are 9 curators for every creator on his site.”

    http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/how_sharing_disrupts_media.php?page=all

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  59. smpn30surabaya

    Reblogged this on Smpn30surabaya's Blog.

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  60. c0ributler

    sounds good.

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  61. Raksaka Indra

    Reblogged this on Web Development Labs.

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  62. Androgoth

    In my opinion this new feature of re-blogging just encourages misuse of someone’s hard work, I write all my own scripts and add them to WordPress with a copyright but I am in agreement with some of the above comments that this idea could easily be distorted and used to copy one’s work. I would rather opt out of this feature and not allow anyone to have the opportunity of using or indeed copying my work. Now I must admit that I have enjoyed blogging with WordPress and I have no thoughts of leaving here but sadly as a result of reading about this ‘Reblog’ feature I have removed the bulk of my scripts as I do not agree with this scheme and I do not wish to have someone re-blog something of mine without me being able to block it or more importantly forbid it…

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  63. Alex©

    Feels like Tumblr… :mrgreen:

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  64. My name is: A.L.E.X. Lexicographic Energetic Xarismatic.

    Reblogged this on Bohemian Wildebeest: and commented:
    Reblogging is back! <– Indeed it is. 😉

    A nice way to show people what one 'likes' or 'agrees' with on wordpress imo.

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  65. maxinterior

    Reblogged this on max interior design.

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  66. eleighsplace

    Reblogged this on Something With Amazing In It.

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  67. vpaulo2012

    Reblogged this on fonsecadotcom.

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  68. kampuslife

    Reblogged this on campussecrets.

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  69. mothersgifts

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea and I can’t wait to get trying it out. I’m very new to this sort of thing,but I am finding iot all very exciting.

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  70. thegurubhai

    Reblogged this on The gurubhai and commented:
    As the title aptly says… “Reblogging is Back!”

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  71. suzita

    Reblogged this on chasing a bee and commented:
    this could be useful 🙂

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  72. daboprivate
  73. Robin

    I am not happy with this feature. Most of the reblogging of my posts have been done by blogs with no original content. I really don’t see the difference between this and content theft, in spite of your explanations. An opt-out feature should be provided for those of us who prefer not to have our posts reblogged.

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  74. twisterfish

    HATE this feature and can not find a way to disable it. They took my words and my photos without permission and based on the layout of their site, it’s nearly impossible to see the link back to my blog (due to the background photo). Very disappointed that we have no say in what can be copied (which is what this is). If they want to like my post or comment, fine. If they want to link back to it, fine. But to copy it word for word with my personal photos? No way! Might have to leave WordPress over this one.

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  75. Jojie Alcantara

    Reblogged this on scene stealer and commented:
    REBLOGGING: does it work for you or me? Apparently this “old new” feature of sharing someone else’s post is fairly convenient if you quickly want to share a favorite, but quite discomfiting to the content owner who is protective of his/her copyright, regardless of credits and link back to the site. But at least now we get to be informed if we are reblogged, right? And isn’t this supposed to be a compliment? Tell me what you think. 🙂

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  76. Yianna Sirivianou

    Reblogged this on robotics4all.

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  77. five words

    Any chance we could have the option to have the “Reblogged from xxx xxxx:” link open in a new tab/window?

    Happy Trails, . . .

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  78. jessiethought

    Cool, WordPress.

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  79. malikmuhammadnaeem

    Reblogged this on techbeetian and commented:
    This is a very interesting feature and helps me share things I like

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  80. motwera

    Reblogged this on Motwera and commented:
    WOW awesome!, might make me hug these great coders from wordpress.com more than Tumblr!

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  81. OhFuqMe

    Reblogged this on ohfuqme.

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  82. AKHMAD SUDRAJAT

    Good job…

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  83. ZainRMian

    I might have to try this, sometime.

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  84. adamcolon

    Reblogged this on Reasonable Actions.

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  85. Maria Kelly

    Reblogged this on Maria Kelly and commented:
    Trying this Reblog feature on WordPress, a new feature to me. At least since I’ve been blogging on WordPress.

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  86. Ravi Chhabra

    Reblogged this on Whole Approach with Ravi.

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  87. DuneBlog

    Reblogged this on DuneBlog and commented:
    Finally Re-Blog(ging) give proper credit to the authors – thanks to the Worpress Team

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  88. DuneBlog

    Reblogged this on DuneBlog.Wordpress.com with small note.

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  89. That Indian Dude.

    Reblogged this on That Indian Dude.

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  90. Kerry

    I think this is great!! it is like linking togehter at “Twitter” or FB, It can only increase everyones exposrue, and who knows, you may find a blog in a subject matter that never would have interested you before- just because of the way it is written.
    LOVE the fact that you have protected us by connecting the links to the original blogger!! Thank You!

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  91. chandrapzm

    Reblogged this on Jangan Lebay Jangan Asal.

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  92. craiglock

    Reblogged this on Craig's List of Writings.

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  93. composerinthegarden

    Sorry, I previously said “enough said” but I feel strongly that I need to continue to contribute to this discussion – I have many angry fellow bloggers who feel strongly about this issue and there are a lot of private and not so private discussions about this going on in the WP world.
    Quote
    “Erica Johnson
    January 24th, 2012 at 11:55 pm
    Making your blog private is the only way to ensure that others won’t reproduce your content. Even if it were possible to disable reblogging, people could still reproduce excerpts of your work without your permission (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use).”

    The issue is not that people can’t steal your work online; that is an established fact, but at least they have to work at it. The issue is that WordPress is making it EASY for folks to do this and at the same time putting the work to prevent it on the shoulders of content originators. I teach a section on copyright and fair use and know exactly what the guidelines are, though there is always some leeway in interpretation. And since anyone who posts a simple post with one photo and a few lines of text will have 100% of their content copied through the re-blogging assistance of WordPress, it is a violation of one of the 4 guidelines for Fair Use (percentage of content used.) You seriously need to rethink this option and permit an opt-out feature. I find it ironic that WP removed the reblogging tool before/during the SOPA protest but re-instated it afterwards; to me, this is an admission of the sketchiness of this practice. Matt suggested that I have an outdated negative view of re-blogging, but I don’t think it is outdated and yes, it is definitely negative – is there a time stamp on protecting one’s content from misuse? Once again, I ask, why don’t bloggers simply use a link and short excerpt to showcase others’ exemplary content rather than the wholesale republishing of someone else’s content? It is a courteous and legal practice. Re-blogging is not.

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  94. Diane Tibert

    I’ve never heard of reblogging before, and I can’t understand why anyone would do this. If you’re too lazy to write a blog then don’t. Snipping a blog post by someone else isn’t cool. In fact, I might think it lazy or down right stealing. I can understand blogging about another blog and noting the link (I’ve done that), but actually taking someone else’s words and images and putting them on your blog sounds wrong. It’s double wrong if that’s the entire blog.

    If a blogger only posts reblogs will they be shut down for abuse? If they do this you might wonder why the heck they have a blog in the first place.

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    • Erica Johnson

      Not everyone is interested in creating original content — it’s very common for people to use blogs to collect, share, and comment on neat stuff they find on the web. Reblogs are comprised of brief post excerpts with a link back to the original blog, not entire posts. Content curation is not a violation of our terms of service.

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  95. Errol Hugh

    Cool. I have 2 sites and I always wondered how I could share some posts in either. Now I can. Great & thanks.

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  96. drabrito

    Great!!!!

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  97. Helen

    Reblogged this on Single Trading Cards.

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  98. Chozen808

    Reblogged this on ♥~Chozen808's Blog~♥ and commented:
    Very informative and interesting.

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  99. psycho

    Reblogged this on Nik-Himself and commented:
    nice feature to try out

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  100. Lou

    Reblogged this on Rain Fam.

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