social media

Not quitting Facebook

Deactivating my Facebook account for a week was a great experience. Although I’ve chosen to return, I will be using the social media site with much less regularity and a much more filtered stream.

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Instagram Direct

Instagram is an “app” for smartphones, which allows you to snap a photo, apply a filter effect (if you like) and upload it to the Instagram service. From there, you can share the photos on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and a bazillion other social media services. Let’s face it: there are only a few reasons for… (Read More)

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The perils of a non-independent web

Jeremy Keith highlights the dangers of placing your valuable data and creative efforts in the hands of larger companies, out of your control.

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Keeping your location private when sharing mobile phone photos

The news story in this video highlights technical points which seem obvious to most mobile phone users, but which less tech-savvy people may easily overlook. If you take photos when location services are active on your phone, the photos contain details of where and when the photo was taken. Share the photo on Facebook, Twitter… (Read More)

Who pays for photos should receive photos

Barbara Hess has written an interesting blog post (original in German, linked version automatically translated by Google) on the subject of image usage rights; her approach, with which I agree, is to ensure that clients get the maximum use out of photos they receive, and understanding and considerate license terms. A part of this is an… (Read More)

Clearing out, contd.

The big clear out continues although I stay the axe for Twitter… for now.

Photo sharing

The latest version of the mobile phone app from Flickr, released yesterday, helps me to continue to prune my photo sharing accounts elsewhere.

Feeding the needs of fickle fans

A report in U.S. advertising publication Advertising Age a little while ago highlighted the interesting fact that for many companies, a presence in social media network Facebook is becoming statistically more popular than their own brand websites. However this change of tack may not necessarily be the best solution for businesses keen to promote their products and services.

coll8 Social Media Streaming

coll8, named as an abbreviation of the English word “collate”, allows users of the WordPress publishing software to provide website visitors with a page which collates all of their social media streams into one place: from Twitter and Flickr to Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube and Google Reader.

Ten years of push-button publishing

On 23rd August 2009, the ten year anniversary of a web service called Blogger passed with barely a blip; only a small handful of news reports show up at Google’s news aggregating service and the world at large has paid little notice to the milestone.