What is a “hat tip”? In the world of ‘online blogging’, a ‘hat
tip’ occurs when a (gossip) site or blogger acknowledges other blogs or sources
where they found information. For
instance, popular blogs-like Eonline.com or TMZ will often show pictures or publish
celebrity-stories that they found somewhere else. So, to avoid plagiarism of
sorts, the site will ‘tip the hat’ of whatever site it found that information
on. An example of hat-tipping would be a
posted statement that says “Look at these pictures we got from ABC News…or
MTV…or according to Newsweek…” Statements like these are examples of
hat-tipping; publicly giving credit to the site where you got your information.
example of hat-tipping might occur if a blogger re-posts quotes from an
interview with a celebrity—an interview that they did not conduct themselves.
For instance, TMZ might have a story about something that Jay-Z said during a
radio interview. On their site, TMZ will post a statement saying ‘we’ve
received footage of Jay-Z’’s interview from WDAS FM, or thanks to Hot97 for the
audio clip. Thanks to them for sharing the interview with us’. That is another
example of hat-tipping.
sites that allow blogging within their main webpages (like mtv.com or
bravo.com), hat-tip in the same manner. The blogs on these sites also give
credit to their sources. They might quote major news channels, radio stations,
TV shows and other blogs, and acknowledge their use of information that these
sources shared with them. These are more examples of hat-tipping.
look for these statements the next time you visit a celebrity or gossip blog. You’ll
see pictures, stories and/or quotes that originally appeared somewhere else.
Somewhere within each post, a ‘hat tip’ will appear saying, “According to ______,
or our sources at __________, or we want to thank our friends at ________ for
sharing this information with us.” All of these statements are a case of ‘hat
tipping’ and it’s a very common practice.