[UPDATE: Please note that this post is no longer valid.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
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?
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