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Thanks for including the  "Ugly" post. ;) I never even thought about the irony of the FB shares. That's too funny! 

1 year, 1 month ago on Monday Roundup: Facebook Tips for Business

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@yvettepistorio I FEEL your pain. I went through a very similar situation a few weeks ago (Honestly. I'm not just saying that to relate or make you feel better). Without going into details, I will tell you that it was rough and I learned more in that 48 hours than I have in any other PR/blogging/social media experience in my life. Luckily, I had @shonali by my side and her level-headed approach kept me grounded and focused. She went to bat for me - which was huge considering we only met as a result of this "situation." The whole experience was pretty uncomfortable but, just like yours, my community was there for support. Now that I'm no longer sleep and food deprived, I am grateful that I got to go through that hellacious situation. I learned a lot about myself and even though I came out the other side shell-shocked, I was still kicking. Keep kicking, keep writing, keep having confidence in your abilities. We're all in this together. 

1 year, 2 months ago on A Blogging Community: Why it’s Important to Have One

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@ShaunDakin @PrivacyCamp What a fascinating article! Thank you for sharing. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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@Johnny40T Thanks for your comment. 
As indicated in the update, "
All images have been used with “Susan’s” permission. In her words, “…I appreciate the fact that you all are doing this to get it out there to show people how easily photo[s] can be taken without your permission.” ~SB"

Also, while I am not a lawyer, I disagree with your assessment that "Facebook owns the pictures once you upload them and they can do with them as they wish." I've provided additional details on Facebook's TOS in my conversation with @partymomma  below. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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Hello @Irony, Thank you for your comment.
As indicated in the update, "The following post was edited on May 1, 2013, to redact the names of the websites and related Facebook Pages involved. Since the identities of the particular parties involved in the incident described below are less important than the issues raised, we decided not to subject them to further scrutiny.

We have made minor edits to the post as indicated below that do not change its integrity, including blurring the faces of the kids involved. We have redacted the Page name(s) from any comments mentioning them, and will continue to monitor comments to do so."

I would like to also reiterate that unlike some of the places that chose to use this photo without permission from "Susan," I had permission to use these images from Susan in this way. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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@Sheli Rodney Great question. I can only speak for myself but I know how I would feel if an image of my family went viral in a similar way -- hurt and violated.  I love seeing pictures of my friend's kids online, but I understand why some choose not to post. In my opinion, it's a hard call because we want to connect and share our lives with friends and family. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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@KimRandall Your comment about contests is an interesting point. While I'm not saying it is right, I feel like  celebrities are a bit different because they are considered public figures. I think the hardest part about this situation is that "Susan's" privacy settings were in place. I agree with your bottom line - think before you post. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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Hey @TomMahoney, Thanks for your comment. I think you make a valid point. As indicated in my introduction to the post, I am a social media advocate. I believe that online communication is important for businesses and individuals. I want to see people sharing/posting/Tweeting/commenting/liking/you-name-it, but all with an understanding of copyright. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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@Ameena Falchetto  Thanks for your comment. I agree on the education component. I think there needs to be a better understanding of online image copyright and privacy. I'm hopeful that we will see changes soon. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  Do you have the link? I would love to read the article. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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 @partymomma 

If you read down a bit further in Facebook's TOS it says - 

"5. Protecting Other People's Rights


We respect other people's rights, and expect you to do the same.
  1. You will not post content or take any action on Facebook that infringes or violates someone else's rights or otherwise violates the law.
  2. We can remove any content or information you post on Facebook if we believe that it violates this Statement or our policies.
  3. We provide you with tools to help you protect your intellectual property rights. To learn more, visit our How to Report Claims of Intellectual Property Infringement page.
  4. If we remove your content for infringing someone else's copyright, and you believe we removed it by mistake, we will provide you with an opportunity to appeal.
  5. If you repeatedly infringe other people's intellectual property rights, we will disable your account when appropriate.
  6. You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F Logos, FB, Face, Poke, Book and Wall), or any confusingly similar marks, except as expressly permitted by our Brand Usage Guidelines or with our prior written permission.
  7. If you collect information from users, you will: obtain their consent, make it clear you (and not Facebook) are the one collecting their information, and post a privacy policy explaining what information you collect and how you will use it.
  8. You will not post anyone's identification documents or sensitive financial information on Facebook.
  9. You will not tag users or send email invitations to non-users without their consent. Facebook offers social reporting tools to enable users to provide feedback about tagging."
     

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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@partymomma Thanks for your comment. Can you elaborate on why you believe "Facebook owns the image" and "can sell it"?

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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@Blackfish Is that a voice of experience with Getty Images? ;)

I agree with your statement about watermarking photos for company pages, but I think it might be harder to get a basic social media user to add a watermark all the time. It's an added step. But if Facebook and other social media sites build an image classification structure like Flicker has -- you might get buy-in. Might. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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@John Barnett Rude. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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@MattLaCasse @jenelleconner @Daniel J. Cohen I could see  removing the Save As function from Google images as well as Facebook. I still come across clients who don't understand why they can't just use an image pulled from Google. 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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Thanks, @Daniel J. Cohen.

I just made this comment on Facebook - "...I also feel like we need to make sure people understand that online images aren't "free" for the taking. The main problem was Susan's friend's boyfriend thinking it was okay to download the image and upload it on a public domain site. I think there is a lack of education, or maybe enforcement, when it comes to online images." 

Great extended question. I feel like we are heading toward a a big change in the enforcement of copyrighted images and how they are utilized online. It might take a nasty lawsuit to make it happen, but I believe it is coming. 

@MattLaCasse mentioned removing the "Save As" function on pictures. That might be a good start.

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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Does anyone understand the "logic" behind the "fair use for educational purposes" comment by [redacted]? I get the public domain comment because of Imgur, but I don't see how it is educational or why that idea was even introduced. I know I am trying to apply logic to something that isn't logical, but that sentence always bothered me. Can anyone help me understand?

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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Susan spent hours/days contacting the pages, making the requests and working to get them to remove the images. She was about ready to give up when we finally found the original image on Imgur. It was a long trail. Imagine how many people don't have the time, guts or resources to make it happen. I'm proud of her for all of her efforts.

I would love to know the answer to @lauraclick's question. Is there such thing as "proper recourse" in this situation? 

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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Thanks, @John Barnett. Your last comment is priceless. Ha!

I'm still having a hard time wrapping my brain around [redacted]'s message/philosophy that keeping it up was more important than Susan's request. Why create negative PR? Just take it down! 

It was a fluke that Susan even saw the meme.  I wonder how often this happens to people without them even knowing and how many people give up on a request for removal when they hear things like: "We can appreciate the request [Susan], and you may proceed as you wish, but we will not be removing the image...This is the nature of digital media. Sorry.”

1 year, 3 months ago on The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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Great SEO info! Thanks, @ginidietrich. Do you have an anti-feed scraper WordPress plugin you prefer?

1 year, 5 months ago on PR Firm Gets Client’s Site Blacklisted for Duplicate Content

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Thank you! This has been driving me crazy! As always @ginidietrich , you are the voice of reason. 

2 years ago on Marissa Mayer: Why Are We Still Having this Conversation?

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Matt,

Per usual – great post! I agree that “quality” not “quantity” is important. At my last work/networking conference, I had to write notes on the back of each person’s card so I could remember if and why they were important. What a waste of trees, ink and time! I recently made a face-to-face meaningful business contact and as we were departing I was asked (with smartphones out) “Can I Facebook you?” Within seconds, my personal Facebook page became my calling card. This immediate connection meant that we agreed to invest in a relationship and a conversation, not just a stack of useless paper in a Rolodex. I don’t know about you, but I am always disappointed and immediately disengaged when a meeting starts with - “Before we start, please go around the room and pass out your business card.” I wish I had the cojones to just shout back “Why?!” without looking the annoying jerk in the corner. At the next meeting I conduct with a room full of strangers, I want to start with something fun like - “Before we start, can you please explain why you are worthy of being contacted?” Just think of the answers and conversation that could generate.

In a few words: I agree. Quality = Good, Quantity = Bad

3 years, 4 months ago on The Secret Behind Good Networking

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