If Emily Posted: The WHY, WHERE and HOW


We need rules in order to break them, and we needed them yesterday. Or a week ago, when I had content scraped.

We need to get it together. The internet doesn’t know how to use the internet, and it’s up to us to spread the word about what is ethical, what is honest and what is going to make this time in history matter.

It takes a cyber village. It does.

The content theft problem is HUGE. From corporate websites to very small blogs, on Facebook and twitter, too, people are using things that aren’t theirs. Some are unaware that this is wrong. Some don’t think they’ll get caught – the internet is rather large so they take their chances. Some don’t realize if they’d just asked permission they might not be in the mess they’re in. Some simply don’t care.

And some are tired of the reasons. Tired of trying to justify and make sense of it all.

Some want change. Some want to educate and to learn more themselves.

I am one of those people.

It’s about more than intellectual property. It’s about the way we interact. It’s about this online life we’ve created.We have to make this community work – it’s not going to do it on its own.


If Emily Posted is the place to ask everything you wanted to know about social media but were afraid to ask. There are no stupid questions. But it’s foolish to not ask. So let this be that place.

I hope you’ll keep joining me in this conversation, and apply what we learn (yes, I learn too – it’s a win-win for all of us).

Let me know what I can do to help you figure out what you need but can’t find answers to.


Baby steps. It’s one of the best lines Bill Murray ever uttered, and I believe it’s the way we can make this work

Baby steps aren’t minuscule. They’re a pretty big deal. But they’re about not trying to fix every problem in one fell swoop. SOPA was trying to do that. And that didn’t go over well, did it? But if things keep going the way they are, there are more and more reasons for bills like that to be justified. We’re doing this damage to ourselves. Let’s stop it.

You’ll see in the righthand toolbar there’s a link to the If Emily Posted Resource Pages (under Choose Your Own Adventure):



They’ll continue to grow and change with time, but some good info is there to get you started. I hope the links bring you answers to questions you had or confirm things you knew.

Also, keep in touch. Email me, tweet, DM, leave comments.

“Only connect…”


2 thoughts on “If Emily Posted: The WHY, WHERE and HOW

    1. alexandrawrote Post author

      It’s 2 steps forward and 2 steps back. I’ll write more at length on this in a post this week, but my main concern remains: that they are offering tools and encouraging the use of them without any real education as to what to pin and why.


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