I'm sure most remember playing "Telephone" (or "Chinese Whispers"). What was said at the beginning never was what heard at the end. And the same can be said of quotes on the internet.
To be truthful it wasn't until I became a social media specialist that I had really thought about quotes. Occasionally one might catch my attention, but usually they slide right on past me.
And even after I started White Fox Social Media my main interaction with these pearls of wisdom was to find appropriate ones for my clients' Twitter accounts. While they get used sparingly they are handy to enhance clients' Twitter presence by having a quote that ties into their philosophy.
Recently, though, I came across a book edited by Nick Mamatas, entitled, Quotes Every Man Should Know, which raises the question about quotes from the internet. Via the internet you can find a quote for just about every topic, but are they attributed to the correct person? Or, is the quote even accurate anymore?
Despite having copy and paste tools popular quotes become distorted with re-typing, or a too-quick reading, and over time become changed. Or attributed to someone else. And while it doesn't sound like a big issue - there are many people who love to catch these little "opps" of the internet, and you don't want your business to be the one that gets the finger pointed at them.
Needless to say I came home with both Quotes Every Man Should Know, and The Harper Book of Quotes.
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Cathy Mosley brings her 26 years of storytelling and writing experience to the realm of Social Media. To help small businesses.