If you have been following me on Twitter for a while, you’d know I have a habit of spotting copied tweets and then promptly tweeting the link to them along with the original tweet. Finding the original tweet can be tricky sometimes, but I do it anyway because people should know what the tweet was copied from.
Every time I do it, I have someone chastising me for it; as if I’m the one doing something wrong. And that is the whole problem; people don’t think copying tweets is a big deal. And this isn’t just the people who copy tweets but even others, who normally wouldn’t do so but somehow still find it odd when someone else points out that a tweet was copied. And that’s because despite all the time they spend on Twitter, they don’t think tweets are important.
But here’s the thing, tweets are important. People have made their careers from tweeting. Some ended up writing books based off their tweets. That one guy had a TV show based on his dad tweets. There are comedians who got popular because of their Twitter accounts. Take Rob Delaney, for example. Sure, he’s popular out in the real world but he’s an enormous celebrity on Twitter. I’m sure his career as a standup comedian must have received quite a boost because people read his tweets on Twitter. And there are a whole bunch of other people who became popular due to their Twitter accounts alone. Read more