How to Stop Content Theft on Flickr

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[UPDATE: Please note that this post is no longer valid. Due to Flickr’s Favorites leak, which serves favorited images to scrapers and search engines regardless of your settings, there’s now nothing you can do to stop your images falling prey to scrapers, with Flickr’s blessing.]

A scraper is an Internet thief who uses automated routines to steal unthinkable quantities of creative work, and the huge photo site Flickr is a scraper’s paradise. Not only does Flickr virtually guarantee scrapers usable, categorised and vetted content – it even gives them an official API tool which makes it childishly simple for them to gather it up and re-post it. Continue reading How to Stop Content Theft on Flickr

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Is WordPress on Life Support?

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What is blogging really about? Well, if you’d asked that question back in the mid noughties you’d most commonly have been told that a blog was a journal – a way for an interesting person or group of people to keep the public updated on important developments. But through time, due to the burgeoning size of the blogosphere, it became clear that new bloggers couldn’t simply write random journals and expect to get attention. Continue reading Is WordPress on Life Support?

The Twitter Suckers List

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Suckers lists. Compilations of personal details relating to people who are easy to scam. You might think that this type of information is a very closed shop, with scam organisations keeping the data closely guarded among their ranks and charging a vast amount of money even to pass it on to fellow blag artists. But the combination of human ignorance and social media’s ‘sleepwalk’ privacy arrangements means that actually, if you want to compile your own suckers list, you can do it on Twitter, in moments, for free. Continue reading The Twitter Suckers List

Protected Twitter: Futile and Dumb?

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Protecting a Twitter account can seem like a fairly easy decision – particularly if you’ve had problems of one sort or another, and don’t want certain people bothering you or reporting on what you’ve said. But in most circumstances, protecting a Twitter account isn’t a good idea. Continue reading Protected Twitter: Futile and Dumb?

Why Twitter is Bad for Creatives

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Every day, millions of people post their own content to the Internet. For most, it’s just a casual bit of sharing, of material which has typically taken no more than a few moments to create. A photo, captured on a smartphone and sent directly to a Facebook feed, or a simple thought, no more than a sentence long, typed instantly into Twitter. There’s no real ‘archival’ element to the content. It’s there for the moment – easy come, easy go. Continue reading Why Twitter is Bad for Creatives

Why Online Dating Doesn’t Work

Online dating sites range from the cynical, subscription-based projects run by the likes of Global Personals and Cupid, to free, ad-monetised facilities like PlentyofFish. But whichever you choose, the stark reality is that it’s almost inevitably not going to work. Continue reading Why Online Dating Doesn’t Work

Twitter Crimes: 1 – Klout Theft

Sadly, it’s endemic on Twitter. Not only content theft, but also the much less commonly recognised scourge of Klout Theft. You’ll probably be aware that your Klout is your Twitter influence. It’s not purely about how many followers you have – it’s about how many people really notice you, care about what you say, and respond to you. Klout has high value on Twitter. In fact, Klout has become such a valuable commodity that people are stealing it. You do the work, they get your Klout. Continue reading Twitter Crimes: 1 – Klout Theft