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Kind of a dramatic headline right?
In one sense that is what is happening. As I post updates and links everyday I have realised that there is no feedback from friends.
Some of my friends in the UK have asked if the protests are still happening. This is half natural if the major media groups are pulling back on coverage as a main news item as things settle down.
Whereas another group of friends like everything related to Occupy, but don’t click ‘like’ or discuss anything. But oddities show up when those people consistently ‘like’ pictures of Occupy from Instagram rather than pictures I upload from my camera. Some favouritism going on maybe?
Then there are the other who privately text me to say they enjoy links I’ve shared.
I can choose between three possibilities:
1. People are not interested in still talking or learning about the Occupy movement as it goes into its second week. Our attention spans are conditioned now to move on to the next thing after all.
2. People are interested, but don’t want to engage with the material. Lolz from cats quoting Batman is more important.
3. People are not seeing my updates because of Facebook’s shitty-and-useless-for-users algorithm.
It’s only become apparent because I’m sharing so much information and getting very little feedback. I’m a secret optimist so I don’t believe people are truest apathetic.
At the same time, knowing the feed exists has meant I stop ‘liking’ everything because I ended up seeing updates from the same group of people as well. I would rather see everything. I follow them for a reason.
Tumblr, app.net and Twitter (for the moment) don’t mess with the newsfeeds and I prefer it that way. It’s time to re-evaluate Facebook again as a useful medium.
If it really is the third option then Facebook is useless as a medium to communicate with those closest to you.
Welcome to our fourth podcast, in this episode Alex is back and we jump right into discussing Instagram; with it’s recent purchase by Facebook and Instagram’s growing role within Photography and Photojournalism. We also spend discussing Alex’s move to Canada and what are his first impressions and we reflect on KONY2012 and compare its media attention to similar projects (like Aaron Huey’s: American Natives Prisoners of War TED talk & TED wish) that haven’t been given the same attention they should deserve, especially when they are closer to home.
02:00 – Facebook buys Instagram
40:35 – Instagram’s role within Photography and Photojournalism
War Never Looked So Hip (Duckrabbit), Photojournalists debate ethics of Instagram, Hipstamatic (www.poynter.org), See the Eyes of VII in the Hands of Hipstamatic (Griffinmuseum), Instagram is the Best, Instagram is the Worst (TheVerge), iSay: Stephen Mayes on Smart Phones, photography and the future (blog.corbis.com),
1:16:50 – Alex’s First Impressions of Canada
1:27:40 – What About Aaron Huey and his Force for Change?
Alex and myself are going to discuss this tonight on the podcast (and some other aspects of Instagram as a force in the world of photography), but I want to share some thoughts now. Just some very quick bullet points in reaction to the take over.
- Facebook says both services will remain separate. That’s fine. But the back end? All that juicy location information? I doubt it.
- I haven’t been critical of Facebook for buying, I just don’t want to use their service and restrictive terms. But some people wonder why Facebook just didn’t make their own app instead of buying Instagram. Those people miss the point entirely, it’s not the app, it’s the brand value, its user base and its value for monetization from that segment of the mobile phone market. Facebook can build the app no doubt about it, but the mindshare and trust? That’s the hardest part. That’s why Mark Z was so upfront to point out the app won’t change.
- Instagram lets a photographer keep the rights to their photography, Facebook doesn’t, they demand a perpetual license to freely use your images. At some point there has to be a change in the terms and conditions with Instagram
- Already there are worrying straw man arguments springing up. Those like me who are quitting Instagram are considered hipsters, (doesn’t this mean ‘poser’ on some level? Who is posing exactly?) the issue of privacy hasn’t been an issue for those not quitting, instead I’ve seen on forum boards, people directly being critical of users of the app who are trying to quit.
- If you still want to use those filters, but don’t want to share your photography on the Facebook network (and that is what it is now). You have two options: 1) Don’t delete your account, keep it, but turn off internet access while using it. Images that you attempt to upload are still saved to the photo library. Oh and just in case, don’t update the app in case this behaviour changes. 2) I’ve been using GifRus for a while, it seems to do the same thing, apart from sharing.
That’s what’s important; sharing your work, but ultimately Instagram isn’t the only place to share your work.
The podcast should be online tomorrow for those interested.
Ever since Safari supported extensions I’ve made regular trips to the Safari Extensions Gallery. Lots of useful stuff is there which makes my browsing that little bit better. Before I get onto the main topic, DaringFireball with comments is fun to have, if you read John’s website often. It’s amazing how these extensions open up the web in little ways.
That’s in fact what Ghostery does.
It’s an extension that reveals what happens behind your browsing habits; showing you what on the web is tracking you. ‘See the invisible web’ as they say. Ghostery also blocks your activity from those companies accumulating this information. I didn’t think all that junk out there was tracking me as I strolled to my favourite websites and they ALL want a piece of that juicy statistical pie.
As an aside, I didn’t even know Facebook tracked you outside of Facebook.com until I read this article. I should have been wiser to that when their ‘Like’ buttons started appearing everywhere. Not only do they record what you ‘liked’ when clicking the button (which I don’t click anyway) but as I understand it, they know where you go on the web when your browser loads their icons. (This also means all the other like buttons from Google+, Twitter and so forth do the same thing. Ugh).
I felt kind of dum, I’m more savvy than this but these companies are relentless in their pursuit for constant information to then sell on to others for better targeted adverts.
Thankfully Ghostery is really easy to install.
Using Ghostery makes everything a bit more honest and transparent, though slightly depressing because of its scale and because I consider this type of stuff in the same league as malware and viruses but unaccustomed to it because I’m on a Mac and I have to install software to block it.
Ghostery can be found here and here. The number of trackers vary from page to page, so while I remember using Ghostery since Safari allowed extensions, I was aware of the two or three instances where it would catch small things, mostly Google Analytics and DoubleClick. That was until I came across a North American website last week (which I can’t recollect now and isn’t the same one in the screenshot above; that one is even worse and needed screen grabbing) and Ghostery found and blocked 12 instances, 12! Crazy to think there are that many tags to a single page. I did however write down on paper what they were:
- Baynote Observer
- Comscore Beacon
- Facebook Connect
- Facebook Social Plugins
- Google Analytics
- Google Website Optimizer
The twelfth interview from a series of interviews with Photographers and iOS Developers alike. All of them develop portfolio Apps for Apple’s iPad and iPhone in some way. This interview is with Alrik Swagerman based in Rotterdam. Co-founder of the online portfolio service Viewbook.com.
Viewbook can be found at any of the links below: