22 thoughts on “ETIQUETTE ON SOCIAL MEDIA (appropriation of content, ideas & other stuff)

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this sweety. Definitely experienced it, tried sending them emails but off course no answers.

    I’m not sure I trust in calling out and yet I hardly see anything else as efficient. I did find detours for credit to be given in the end (kind of similar as you explain in your 4th point).

    But I like to think it as “educate people as to their behaviour online, cause online doesn’t mean the person behdin the creative content isn’t real.

    Thank you so much and love from Switzerland

    • Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for your thoughtful comment. Right you are! So much of this is about education. For me it has been about educating myself too (as I didn’t begin on social media with a “strategy” as many seem to now, it’s been total trial and error kind of stuff). And another side of it has been educating others as to how they can treat me (e.g. brands, for example how tagging a photo of mine is NOT the same as mentioning me visibly in the caption). Lots of love to you!

  2. Dear Marisa!! I’m keeping your post handy for future reference. You have captured the essence of how the creative spirit can be hijacked in a way that invites open and honest dialogue. Social media allows us to share and exchange ideas, but there are caveats to understand. I am so glad that I am part of your compassionate community. We have known each other for over 5 years. Your posts have inspired my family to revisit our eating patterns and go back to our kitchen. What a wonderful journey it’s been. Thank you, dear friend.

    • Oh my! What an amazingly generous comment… and one that makes me a little emotional, tbh! I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since we connected in this space, but yes, you are right! How wonderful. It’s connections such as the one we made that keep me wanting an online presence, even when things are not perfect or some act unfairly. Thank YOU! For everything. Lots of love ❤

    • I am so glad you liked it! Feel free to add your thoughts on the matter too! It’s an interesting subject and one that affects all of us (who are connected online) in some way, shape or form… even if not everyone knows it 🙂 x

  3. Dear Marisa,
    this is such a great and honest article !!! Social media are a wonderful way to express your own creativity and finding inspiration but it’s also a huge legal limbo and sometimes not easy to trace back the responsables or face them straight away. Think it is and always will be a huge problem creative people have to deal with when using social media 😦 wish you a lovely evening 😘

    • I totally agree with you, Nathalie! It’s a bit of a ‘mindfield’ if you know what I mean! Creative people have always faced challenges, but adding social media to the equation opens up whole knew realms of issues… but opportunities too, on the upside! Best wishes! xx

  4. Marisa!

    What a wonderful opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences about Instagram. I believe credit where credit is due and ️yes aknowleging the original creatives,authors,paramount.
    A funny world we live in where for some, the successes of people such as the kardashians motivate them, that it’s all about the number of followers. For me, it’s all about the stunning food shots! I too have met wonderful creatives and formed divine friendships. For me that in its self has been a blessing.
    big love


    • Lots of love to you, Diana! Thank you so much for your thoughts on the matter. And SO right you are! When kids are asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and they reply “famous” I TRULY despair! There is an ugly side to being famous for the sake of fame… and the total lack of substance or productivity or achievement of any sort is baffling. How did we get here? On the flip side, having a forum in which everyone has the potential to express themselves and connect with others is pretty darn cool! Happy to have connected with you, my friend ❤ Wishing you well xx

    • Thank you so much for reading it! I am glad you think it was worth writing! I guess I have said a lot of this stuff before… but usually in the form of a rambling caption and spread across 2 years of being on Instagram (and a number of different images). I thought it best to put it all into one post 😀 . Thank you again, lovely x

  5. A great post and interesting to read your perspective. I haven’t had anyone copying or misusing my material, yet, as far as I know. My first reaction would be to give the benefit of doubt because sometimes on the internet, as in real life, people do the wrong thing simply because they don’t know any better. 😦

    • I would like to think that is the case. Some people are totally clueless and it is quite obvious. When experienced accounts/brands engage in dodgy practices, that is worrying… especially when you know they make money from everything they share. I’m certain the person who started a fake account using my name was not doing it for financial gain. I can only speculate as to what they thought they were going to achieve! 😀 Hugs and thank you so much!

  6. Great post! I completely agree that the same rules that apply in the real world should apply in the virtual world…and secondly being jealous and stealing the property of others most likely will hit you in the face (eventually). Giving credit when it is due actually creates a strong sense of satisfaction!

  7. This is a great post Marisa! Its very easy to get away in the virtual world with using other people’s content. This is something, coincidently, I’ve been reading about lately here and there. I’ve read about how people just simply copy paste other people’s blog posts too!
    Its nice to give the other person credit, even if you’ve used their recipe, either completely or with modifications. I like to even credit whoever even gave me an idea to make, say brownies, because of their post. It may be my recipe, but its wonderful for the other person to know how he/ she influenced your cooking that day. And its satisfying for me. Respect and goodwill matter in life, and I wish all of us could see that.

    • Hello Natasha! Thank you so much for your lovely, thoughtful comment! I am glad this post resonated with you and that you too believe in fostering goodwill rather than viewing others as a creative threat or competition to keep up with. I honestly think it is the way to go! Hugs xx

  8. Thank you so much for this post Maria! There is so much controversy regarding reposts and sharing content that isn’t yours, and it’s important that you consider the other position. It sucks that someone attempted to copy your content and profile! I hope that we eventually learn to use our own creativity and use it to our individualities’ advantages rather than stealing others’ results of their hard work!

    • Oh my gosh, yes there is lots of stuff to consider. But, as a rule of thumb, credit where it’s due and being kind are always good practices to observe whether we operate online or in the real world, right? It’s not that hard. But sadly, some don’t quite get it. Thank you for your support, lovely xx

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