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Should You Declare Your Story Source?

Is Robert Scoble right to complain that when his blog gets the scoop on a news item, other bloggers and MSM should link or reference his posting?

Well, if the bloggers and the journalists got their story from Robert Scoble's article, yes Robert is right to complain, however, what if the company contacted several bloggers and Mass Media Journalists and gave the story out to them at the same time. If so then Robert has no right to complain.

Ryan Block describes the editorial process that Engadget went through to make the decision as to whether to link to Scoble's posting. If the story was found through Scoble, Engadget should link. That's the question I have for Engadget, where did you find the story?

Robert Scoble tells me that Engadget did not find the story on his blog.

"I don’t know that. I just know that Engadget only linked to the New York Times. Ryan Block said on his blog that they linked there cause that’s where they found it first, then refused to link to my video saying it had “no news value to their readers.

I’ll take them on the face value of that."

I read Ryan's blog post on the question; he did not mention Paul Miller the blogger at Engadget had found the story at the New York Times first. Can Ryan clear up that issue?

UPDATE: Ryan confirmed Engadget found the Intel story on the New York Times.

Well if that's the case, Robert I don't think you should complain about Engadget not linking to you. Where did the New York Times get the story?

UPDATE: Robert Scoble is re-thinking the last few days:

"I have to admit that the past four days have not been my best professionally. So, I’m going to pull back here, and hope we can all shake hands here at the Demo conference and get on with giving our respective audiences the best content possible."

via Stuart Bruce