Copyrighting sayings for Social Media?

What’s the best way to protect your writing and clever sayings when sending them out over Social Media? I guess the only real way would be to copyright them before you posting them. I just would want to make sure I am quoted if others use it. Rather vain of me, I know. lol

I don’t believe there is any sure way of stopping anyone copying anything you put on-line. If they want to, they will find a way. But you can take preventative measures which may deter some, like giving a clear copyright statement and/or symbol with your work. You can also take action against copiers after the event, if you detect them.
Specifically with social media, there may be other issues. I’m not sure if this is right, I don’t do Facebook, but I think I recall reading somewhere that when you upload an image to Facebook, you forfeit the copyright on it, and it then belongs to Facebook. I don’t know if anyone could confirm this, or if similar rules apply to written text. You would have to carefully read the Ts & Cs of the social media you want to use.

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Honestly - and I don’t mean this to be harsh, it’s just my view on social media - if you’re sitting around worrying about whether people will steal your words that you’re putting on Twitter or Facebook? You’re doing it wrong. You’re missing the entire point of social media when you start sitting around fretting about copyrighting these fleeting, contemporary posts that will be off of everyone’s radar in a matter of hours in almost every case.

But that’s just my opinion, so for whatever it’s worth.

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You own everything you post to Facebook, but Facebook can do pretty much whatever they want with it, including allowing other people to do pretty much whatever they want with it. Don’t post something to Facebook if you want to keep control over who uses it and how.

http://writers.stackexchange.com/questions/17025/can-i-copyright-my-facebook-status-post/17026

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Thank you all for your replies.

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