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Sources of Free Images for Social Media Use

20 Aug

If  you use social media, one issue that arises is whether it is legally OK to use an image (photo, etc.). The rules and intent differ in the use of images for personal, nonprofit, and corporate sites.

In any case, what needs to be well understood is that are a large of free images available for use on social media sites.

As Courtney Seitera writer, editor,  and former community journalist turned content marketer, notes at buffersocial:

“Nearly every image created in the last 30 years is still protected by copyright — a protection that gives virtually every author the exclusive right to use or reproduce their work. But you can find a public domain photo, use a Creative Commons image that might need attribution, or even create your own image from scratch.”

Click on the image to discover more than FIFTY sources of free images from Seiter.
 

 

November 22, 1963: A November 22, 2013 Perspective

22 Nov

November 22, 1963

Most of us who were around when President Kennedy got shot can easily answer the question: “Where were you?” The events of that time are indelibly etched in our minds.

I was in high school then (yes, I’m giving away my age) and I still remember our principal’s announcement over the PA system: “President Kennedy has been shot. There are no other details. Please leave the building in an orderly fashion and get home safely.” The news after that was very sketchy. Remember, there was no cable TV, no Internet, no E-mail, no cell phones, etc. The one eye witness video of the Kennedy assassination was the famous Zapruder film, a short clip by a private citizen.
 

 
When I got home, we were riveted to our black-and-white TV as events slowly unfolded. I remember watching live as Jack Ruby shot and killed suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. I remember the funeral procession with Jackie Kennedy and her two young children. I remember how frightened we were because there was some discussion that this was a hostile act during the Cold War.

 

November 22, 2013

Now, we’re fifty years later — and we know that coverage of the Kennedy assassination would be MUCH different. Consider this hypothetical scenario. November 22, 2013, as President Kennedy’s motorcade zips through Dallas, shots ring out:

  • People lining the streets film and record the motorcade with the cameras on their smartphones.
  • Video clips are taken by private citizens from every possible angle.
  • These video clips are Tweeted, texted, and E-mailed.
  • The first YouTube video appears less than 60 seconds after the shots are fired.
  • Within one hour, the video clips go viral and are seen by more than one billion people around the world.
  • Some people watching the motorcade discover that they have taken photos of Lee Harvey Oswald entering the building where shots were fired; others have taken video clips of the window where the shots were fired — in real time.
  • Equipped with many video clips, online and through cable and broadcast TV, the talking heads have a lot of virtually real-time footage to show viewers.
  • Conspiracy theorists are posting online within minutes.
  • Wikipedia updates President Kennedy’s page every time new information is released.
  • The new media relentlessly pursue the story and cast doubt on the single shooter theory.
  • The NFL cancels all Sunday football games out of respect for President Kennedy (something it did not do in 1963).
  • People Tweet, text, etc. to their friends and family to try to make sense of these events — and to comfort one another.

November 22, 2013 photo by Michael Stravato for the New York Times

 

A New Ad Age Fact Pact on Mobile Media

21 Aug

Advertising Age has just published a terrific new report: Mobile Fact Pack.

This report includes information on mobile ad spending, Facebook and other mobile media leaders, industry market shares in various categories, big data and mobile media, consumer behavior, and mobile media ad agencies. There are a large number of insightful charts.

Click the image to download the report for free. [Note: You will need to sign in with a Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, or Yahoo! account. It’s worth it. :-)

 

 

Do You Use StumbleUpon?

19 Aug

Are you familiar with StumbleUpon? It’s a great site for sharing information that you have stumbled upon or want to find.

This is how StumbleUpon describes itself:

“We help you easily discover new and interesting stuff on the Web. Tell us what you like, and we’ll introduce you to amazing Web pages, videos, photos, and more that you wouldn’t have found on your own. As you Stumble through great Web pages, tell us whether you Like or Dislike our recommendations so we can show you more of what’s best for you. We’ll show you Web pages based on that feedback as well as what similar Stumblers and the people you follow have Liked or Disliked.”

“Our members have given us some pretty great compliments in the past, including describing us as ‘the entire Internet, all in one place,’  ‘an epic journey,’ and ‘a map to an adventure you wouldn’t otherwise have found out about.’ Whether you’re interested in Humor, Photography, Fashion, Sports or Business, we have something for you.  Every Stumble is an adventure, and something amazing is always just a click away.”

So, if you haven’t already done so, start stumbling upon.
 

 

Scary: What Google Knows About Us

31 Jul

As we have noted several times before (click here, for example), we are not very much in control of our privacy when online. And the steady beat of new stories on this topic gets scarier and scarier.

Consider the latest from the Wall Street Journal, as reported by Amir Efrati:

“Every hour, an active Google user can generate hundreds or thousands of data ‘events’ that Google stores in its computers. These include when people use Google’s array of Web and mobile-device services, which have long collected information about what individuals are privately searching for on the Web. It includes the videos they watch on YouTube, which gets more than one billion visitors a month; phone calls they’ve made using Google Voice and through nearly one billion Google-powered Android smartphones; and messages they send via Android phones or through Gmail, which has more than 425 million users. If a user signs in to use Gmail and other services, the information collected grows and is connected to the name associated with the account. Google can log information about the addresses of Web sites that person visits after doing Google searches.”

“But there are signs Google is feeling increased pressure to calibrate how much emphasis it puts on user privacy. Scarred by a small number of past user-privacy missteps that generated global controversy, and under increased regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. and Europe, executives are engaged in wide-ranging internal debates and in some cases slowing product launches to address privacy concerns, according to people familiar with the matter.”

Click the image to read more from Efrati.

 

Photo by Associated Press

 

Google’s New Dashboard for Research Insights

25 Jul

Recently, Google introduced a new data analytics tool called Dashboard for Research Insights: “Need some stats for a presentation? You shouldn’t have to go data mining. We’ve created this interactive tool to help you quickly find what you need from our vast archives of industry-leading research. It’ll even help you tell a story from the stats, turning selected charts and data points into infographics that you can share.

Check out this video overview.
 

 

B2B Meet B2C

20 Jul

We know that business-to-business marketers often operate in a different business space than business-to-consumer companies — in terms of customers, suppliers, distribution channels, media, and so on.  Nonetheless, B2B businesses can learn from their B2C colleagues and vice versa.

Consider these observations from Derek Singleton, writing for MarketingProfs: “I think some of the best B2B marketers are not only thinking like B2C marketers but also borrowing marketing strategies that have already proven successful in the consumer world. In the tech sector, borrowing from the consumer world has been dubbed the ‘consumerization of IT.’ In my view, we’re also starting to see the consumerization of B2B marketing. That is, B2B marketing — at least in the tech world — is starting to mirror the simple marketing, transparent pricing, and frictionless buying process of the B2C world. Although this trend is still developing, several ways that B2B companies can borrow strategies from the consumer world are already evident.”

Click the image to read more.

 

 

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