Facebook has redefined via (?)

Barbara Need bhneed at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 12 16:22:26 UTC 2010

Except that you have to intuit [got this]--and I don't. I intuit [sent


On 11 Feb 2010, at 4:23 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:

> It's not obvious from FB PR, but this is a recent addition. This only
> happens when X clicks on "share this" on something that has been
> posted
> by Y. Normally, I would have expected [From] Y * via X, but the full
> FB
> syntax appears to be X [got this] * via Y. If you interpret it this
> way,
> there is nothing new to "via". I've been using it on FB for a long
> time,
> e.g., when posting the original links I got from other people or from
> blogs. But the new part is the FB now does this automatically when you
> click on "Share this" link.
> Nothing to see here... there is no man behind the curtain...
>     VS-)
> On 2/11/2010 4:10 PM, Towse wrote:
>> That's exactly it, Lisa. When I post a FB msg that includes something
>> I got from someone else, I usually add a (via xyz) sort of tag to it
>> so that others will know where I got the information -- a FB hattip
>> [blogspeak], as it were.  If I start the msg out with via xyz, what
>> shows up on FB is Sal via xyz yadda yadda.
>> --
>> Sal
>> Ye olde swarm of links: thousands of links for writers, researchers
>> and the terminally curious<http://writers.internet-resources.com>
>> On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 12:51 PM, Lisa
>> Galvin<lisagal23 at hotmail.com>  wrote:
>>> Perhaps the "via" refers to John's source of the message, rather
>>> than yours? That is, John received it via Mary from a third
>>> source, and then John posted it to you?
>>>> From: bhneed at GMAIL.COM
>>>> I am getting FB updates labeled X via Y where message is posted
>>>> by X
>>>> who got it from Y. (So if a link is put up marked John via Mary
>>>> then
>>>> John is a person you know and is the immediate source of the
>>>> link; you
>>>> may or may not know Mary and she is John's source). I can't get
>>>> that
>>>> and the OED definition does not seem to work either. I would have
>>>> to
>>>> say either John from Mary or Mary via John.

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