Twitter Debate on Online Linking

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(Credit:, screenshot) senior writer Mathew Ingram posted highlights from a Twitter debate about linking in news stories. The “discussion” included staff from the New York Times and MIT’s Technology Review, among others.

Ingram explained his argument:

“My point was that adding links should simply be part of the job of writing online, just like checking people’s names and the spelling of words”

Ingram later commented that linking is just part of the purpose of writing articles —  to inform.

O’Reilly Media’s Alex Howard likened linking to footnotes, but The New York Times’ Jacob Harris argued letting readers search for themselves offers “more choice.”

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Hat Tip: Poynter

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Twitter Debate on Online Linking

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