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I have the opportunity to view the things on the Internet while I work.  Sometimes this is a hideous time sink and something I need to prevent myself from engaging in.  A good portion of the time it’s a good way to spend some down time while I’m waiting for a test run to complete.  If I find something particularly amusing, I’ll forward it on to one or more of my circles of friends so they can enjoy the same funny. Given the slowness with which I produce original content, this is the next best thing to entice people to give more weight to what I post to e-mail lists, Twitter, Facebook, Plurk, etc.  I admit that this is a somewhat self-serving, but will accept the fact that I care that people listen to what I say. . . if I didn’t care, I wouldn’t post.  If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t put it somewhere where I know people are going to see it. . . which, for the most part, is why I don’t really care whether or not people read what I post here.  I don’t go out of my way to publicize my posts here and, if anyone besides me regularly reads what I post here, I’d be very surprised. But when I send a link on Twitter, Facebook or Plurk, I have an expectation that if someone forwards on what I posted, there will be some comment to the effect of “A friend of mine posted this link that I found funny. Enjoy! <insert link here>”.  I don’t really care if I’m named explicitly, but it’s nice to have some sort of recognition that the information originally came from someone else. But when I see a link I know I’ve posted by someone I know who saw it posted by me and forwarded on, it irritates the crap out of me.  It is irrational, because a) I didn’t make the original content and don’t have any claim of ownership over it and b) if I’m not named as the person who forwarded it, it doesn’t do anything to improve my standing within whatever social circle was newly exposed to the link.  I try to reconcile this against my desire for rationality and find it difficult.  I have the suspicion that if I could find the source of my ill feelings I could figure out how to prevent it from happening in the future. More importantly, if I am able to figure out how to deal with this sort of thing in myself, I’ll have the knowledge to try to impart to my boys to help them work through these issues if and when they run into them.