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Facebook is Hiding My Hong Kong Occupy Pictures

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.

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October 8, 2014 at 10:55

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‘One In 10 Have Quit Twitter In The Past Year’.

Shea Bennett writing for mediabistro

“Privacy concerns were listed as the main reason for 26 percent of quitters, with one in five leaving because they were “fed up with advertising and marketing strategies”.

There is already a solution to all that advertising and marketing here.

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September 7, 2014 at 10:16

JPG Podcast – The One Where Alex Reveals his Pessimism

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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.

iTunes and direct links.

Show Notes

02:00 – Facebook buys Instagram

How to Export Your Instagram Photos Before Facebook Ruins Everything (Gizmodo), Why is Instagram worth $1 Billion to Facebook and Zuckerberg, (Suntimes)

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?

Aaron Huey: America’s Prisoners of War (TED)

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April 11, 2012 at 16:23

(Safari) Extensions and Ghostery

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.

Ghostery as shown in the top right corner illustrating what it blocks when visiting websites.

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:

  1. Addthis
  2. Baynote Observer
  3. Comscore Beacon
  4. Disqus
  5. DoubleClick
  6. Facebook Connect
  7. Facebook Social Plugins
  8. Google Analytics
  9. Google Website Optimizer
  10. Zodo?
  11. Trueffect
  12. Quantoast 
This is just 12 a snip from over 500 companies that Ghostery have profiled and offers explanations for (their FAQ). Amyway check it out and make it harder for those tracking you.
Saying all that, can anybody help me setup my Google Analytics with my WordPress account please?

Written by jonathanjk

September 16, 2011 at 21:26

Alrik Swagerman of Viewbook Interviewed

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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:

Website, iTunes, Podcast, Twitter, Facebook,

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App Review ~ Collections for iPad

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Collections for iPad Home Screen

Collections for iPad Version 1.7

CFI provides a one-stop solution to organise your photos into photo books, collect you photos into a portfolio and even share your collections. You can choose your favourite layouts to show off your photos. You can transfer your photos from your computer (directly), Facebook and Dropbox into beautiful collections for sharing, export your photobooks into PDF and play slideshows of your photo books with music as well.

Collections for iPad

As with all iOS portfolio Apps, it’s important to know how they introduce themselves on first use. Do they provide a quick run through of the App with instructions, contain a help guide/slideshow? How easily does the App allow the user to get to work? The first thing an artist is going to do is create a gallery and then customise it. This walkthrough and others walk that line.

Collections for iPad (CFI), is the fourth iOS App in this series of portfolio Apps to be reviewed. As you can read from the Quick Features list, there are options galore for customising nearly every aspect of a portfolio. You might feel a little overwhelmed, but for those who want an extreme amount of control, if you want the ability to edit to your hearts content, to the individual pixel, Collections for iPad is probably it.

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