She may be out to conquer the universe, but Vasuki Sunkavalli seems to be having a tough time getting a grip on Twitter. On Tuesday, the 27-year-old Miss India Universe, the winner of the I Am She pageant, came under fire after it was pointed out that some of her tweets were identical to those posted by US-based columnist Sadanand Dhume.
Vasuki, currently in Brazil for the Miss Universe contest, reposted comments made by Dhume about politics, without acknowledging the source or re-tweeting them. Accusing her of ‘twagiarism’, Dhume wrote, “Beauty pageant ethics ain’t what they used to be. At least 7 of Miss India Universe 2011 @vasukisunkavali’s 29-odd tweets lifted from me…”
Vasuki replied by tweeting that she thought re-posting someone else’s tweets was okay, till it was pointed out that she was not ‘retweeting’ and simply copying. She then admitted, “It wasnt accidental. can’t possibly cut copy AND paste accidentally now can I? just dint know the technical know how of “retweeting”."
Dhume and Vasuki made peace later, but the matter was picked up by international press, including the Wall Street Journal. The spokesperson for I Am She said, “Everyone is prone to making and learning from mistakes, including public figures.”
The right way to retweet
* If you come across a tweet posted by another user that you would like to share, be sure you click on the ‘Retweet’ button. This clarifies that the comment has not been copied
* Alternatively, you can use ‘@’ and the name the user to acknowledge the source of the tweet.
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