I have linked to what must be millions of things. I share a lot of links from here on my blog. I have linked to hundreds of artists from The Watercolor Gallery. And on social media I have linked to and retweeted countless times. I take linking very seriously.
I have a sort of link prioritization process I go through when I am trying to determine where a link should go.
Their personal URL
Other social network
The app’s URL
The developer’s URL for the app
App Store URL
A news story
The original breaker of the news
A position piece related to the news
The manufacture/creator’s URL
The suggested retail URL
A piece of art
The artist’s personal URL
The artist’s main social network post for the piece
A third-party showcasing the work
The podcast’s domain URL for the show/episode
The podcast host web URL (E.g. Podbean)
A podcatcher URL (E.g. Pocket Casts)
You get the idea.
In addition to the prioritization of where a link should go I also make great effort to include real full names and all credit possible to the appropriate parties. It is sometimes very hard or impossible. There have been times that I have chosen not to link to a piece of art because I simply could not find the original artist.