This week’s #SMXChat guest is Vince Skolny. Vince is Founding Chair at @skolnyorg, and a marketer and speaker in the digital realm. Vince’s focus is on the creation of greatness through individual power. I see Vince often in the Twitter stream and occasionally in a few of the chats. We have a common interest in the effect that social media is having on traditional values of courtesy and, frankly, legality in attribution for sharing thoughts, ideas, and themes in social channels.

With the ubiquity of digital channels and unprecedented access to information we have that we have greater opportunity to both represent others’ ideas as our own, and to potentially be discovered in doing so. It makes one wonder, is it the sheer volume of information that we see everyday that makes us believe that we are creating these ideas individually, or is the the perceived anonymity of social channels that gives us incentive to share without regard to source and credit? Does the phenomenon of ‘groupthink’ lead us to believe that we are having original thoughts and ideas that are not original at all? If so, how do we recognize and deal with that?

One of the most powerful examples of safety in numbers is Twitter chats. While we love to see and be seen in chats, I think a price we pay is a certain bit of surrender of our individuality. In some ways, chats are becoming places where we gather because we feel safe among a cadre of the like-minded. And those that dare to be contrary risk be labeled as ‘trolls.’  I say this: Release your inner troll. Be individual. Be bold. It will be more fun.

#SMXChat is our forum for challenging and learning. Let’s make sure it stays that way.

Q1) Where is the line between furthering a theme and plagiarizing ideas?

Q2) Is it common (and necessary) to attribute thoughts and ideas in social posts?

Q3) Is ‘thought leadership’ adequately protected from plagiarism in the digital realm?

Q4) Thought Leadership is thinking and seeing ahead. How far back do we go to attribute our use of such ideas? (Do your research.)

Q5) Is it fair to call someone out publicly on plagiarizing thoughts and ideas?

Q6) How often do you credit others for ideas you use in social posts?

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