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A beauty pageant contestant tweets someone else's tweet as her own. Is there a business model here?

india Updated: Sep 01, 2011 20:23 IST
Hindustan Times

Miss India Universe Vasuki Sunkavalli may not be the next Miss Universe in Brazil, but the lady has already made a splash. The 27-year-old quietly lifted the tweets of Wall Street Journal columnist Sadanand Dhume and sent them in her own name. After years of fighting the cliché, are we seeing the return of the cerebrally challenged beauty contestant?

While posting the tweet from her account, Ms Sunkavalli did not click on the 'retweet' button that clarifies that a comment has been re-posted because the Twitter account-holder found it interesting. When Mr Dhume found out that his tweet has been nicked without his knowledge, he, not as pretty as Ms Sunkavalli or perhaps as desirous of world peace, made his displeasure known. But now, we are told, everything is alright between the two and a new word seems to have been coined: 'twagiarism'. Later, the graceful lady admitted that she did not know that there is a 're-tweet' option (refer to line above: 'cerebrally challenged'). Considering it wasn't one tweet that she twatted but seven first posted by the columnist, we wonder whether there's a business model here for us to consider.

In the meantime, we plan to send Ms Sunkavalli a copy of that book on international property rights. That should be perfect beach reading. In perfect beachwear, of course.

First Published: Sep 01, 2011 20:21 IST