I can read your mind, your asking why I’m doing this instead of just using the normal social media platforms, the answer is I’m rebelling!
Have you read the terms when joining Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn? I’m going to explain how these social media giants effectively own your online content.
When joining a social network, you are likely to spend more time considering
which photo you will use on your profile than reading the lengthy terms of
service document. As boring Facebook’s 14,000-word terms of
service and data use policy might be, it is a legal contract between you and the
social network. Do you know what you’ve signed up for?
What rights have users granted to online services such as Facebook, Twitter and
Google? Does posting content on these networks mean forfeiting your ownership of
your photos, for example?
A photo posted on Twitter remains the intellectual property of the user but
Twitter’s terms give the company “a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free
license (with the right to sublicense)”. In practice, that gives Twitter almost
total control over the image and the ability to do just about anything with it.
The company claims the right to use, modify or transmit it your photo any way.
So to keep things simple, I’m going to publish my own photos on my own website publishing samples or low quality versions of images on social networks with links to the full size and quality images on my site.
I’m also going to write all my content on my own site using social networks only to share bytes of information instead of full articles.
Can you see a pattern? I want my own thoughts, views and photos to belong to me not a big corporation that’s selling my information to companies providing advertising.