This Chrome extension is going to revolutionize the way I plagiarise the interwebs
I have recently added yet another tool that makes it easier to instantly broadcast the work of others to multiple audiences in an attempt to appear smart and informed.
Since you are reading this, can you please advise if it is working? I am desperate for the feedback and need to validate myself by your responses to what is in many cases the re-tweeting and re-blogging someone else’s idea.
I am attempting to be a little ironic in my gen x kind of way, which I hope is obvious but had to point out in case I did come off as a little needy.
So I like these tools, so what?
The problem is that when the tools are so well made and it is ultra easy to forward or repeat another’s voice, we do it.
Just sharing an article with a friend is fine, and even reblogging with the relevant credits also has it’s place, my concern is the rampant distribution with no value add by the carbon copier.
If you are regularly blogging, or running a twitter account you should use these tools as an additional distribution channel for your voice. An extension of your original voice for which you take a considered approach in crafting the content that is delivered through this voice. These mediums also offer a very high level of engagement by your audience which sets a level of expectation and trust.
Expectation and trust you should not abuse by only forwarding and reblogging second hand ideas and content without adding value in the form of comment, interpretation, or by relating it to your followers context.
So back to the start..I have added the ‘Word This’ tool, which will assist me in the blogging process but as with any of the tools I have mentioned it is important that I remember to primarily use it to amplify and distribute my voice, and sparingly when sharing the content of others.
I am not an aggregator, that’s the job of a machine!
Link to the plugin for hosted and self hosted WordPress blogs for Google Chrome Word This – Google Chrome extension gallery.