Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

The Facebook Debate – Artist vs Business

Friday, April 1st, 2011

To start off, let me say it’s been a very difficult decision that I’ve been weighing over the last several months.  In short, it’s a smart business move but my artistic identity suffers.

Before making this choice, I read through Facebook’s entire Terms of Usage and Privacy Policy, and noticed a few things:

  • 1. They have amended their text talking about content ownership, and it doesn’t seem to have such a tight grip on it.  It now states “You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook”.  That statement nicely says what you own there to make you feel safer… however you’ll  notice how it doesn’t say anything about what Facebook owns and can do.
  • 2. An amusing line under paragraph 4 states “You will keep your contact information accurate and up-to-date”.  So what – they’ll delete my account if I don’t?

There’s an interesting documentary, Inside Job,  that talks about the corrupt banking system in the states that caused the economic crash of this decade.  It details how the bank execs kept getting richer by building a complicated system and telling everybody it was okay, while they completely knew it wasn’t sustainable.  When the crash occurred, they got to keep all the millions they accumulated, and were never caught – but instead many got promotions even into the presidential administration!  It sort of resembles how I feel about their updated Terms of Use.

On that note – here’s an informative flash video that details how deep the rabbit hole might go: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/facebook

Not trying to be a conspiracy theorist, but just some interesting links to provoke thought or discussion.

Facebook is a really good concept of connecting people through an online social network.  There’s many great alternatives too – but the problem is that Facebook already has such a large following.  There are more than 500 millions active users – that’s about 1/6th of the entire planet.

This brings me to my main reasoning.  It’s about my business, and the business networking opportunities I’m missing out from not being on Facebook.  Sure, we have a Facebook page, but having a personal account that people can connect with (and stalk) is much more effective as a marketing tool.

From another perspective, my media production business can be broken down into three aspects: the business, the technical, and the art.  Not being on Facebook is really good in one light because it compliments the art aspect – it’s something that defines one as an artist to have things that they stand for and against.   As a company, we have our technical knowledge of our profession down, and our work is really high quality and that allows our inner artist to show through. One area we’ve been growing in, and need to focus more on is the business. Many media companies fail because they never get this part down and they simply think their technical knowledge and artistic work will make them profitable.  There’s no denying that it’s a good business idea to use the world’s largest social networking site to advertise my company. It will help market us to a larger audience, and will increase business.

Other things that have defined me as an artists are things sort of like always wearing red socks, or not having a cellphone.  Well – both of those have fallen by the way side.  It took years, but I finally gave in to getting a cellphone because it was also obviously a really smart business idea.  Sure, I didn’t like being tied down, and didn’t like giving ‘the man’ tonnes of money, but eventually I gave up that part of my artistic identity to strengthen my business.  Some even say getting a cellphone was the best business decision I ever made.

So do I join the masses on Facebook?  I still stand against it in principal and that will not change, but it’s a stupid business move to NOT put myself in the middle of the world’s largest social networking website.

Well here it goes nothing.  Add me as a friend: www.facebook.com/paul.romein

New Facebook Logo

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Don’t click the Facebook Like button!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

From the article:

Facebook sometimes makes very curious decisions with respect to user privacy. Recently, one of them came to my attention, and it is so comprehensively wrong that I had to put up a public service announcement about it.

You’ve seen the Facebook “Like” buttons all over the Internet, right? Liking anything lets the owner spam you. No, really. If you doubt me, click the Like button on this page: you’ll find a message from me on your News feed (the big list where you see updates from your friends) within 5 minutes, unless Facebook has shut down this tech demo since publication.

Read the full article:
http://www.bingocardcreator.com/articles/facebook-like-button-spam

PS – This goes well with the new poll on the side of my blog!

Google Wave

Friday, May 29th, 2009

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Wave is what email would look like if it were invented today.”

And that is exactly what Google Wave is – revolutionary!  I just finished watching the hour and a bit video from the unveiling presentation made at Google I/O.  This product won’t be launched for several months now, but it seriously looks amazing.  It’s late and I should sleep, but some quick key points can be found in either of these two links:

It brings together chatting, emailing, social networking – and you can even drag and drop photos from your computer onto the website and it will share them instantly with whoever you have your wave open with.  They will be able to see the thumbnails right away, and the high-res versions will come shortly after – at which point they can click to put them into a full-screen slide show mode.

The most amazing part that I saw in the video, is how it can perfectly live translate chat between languages – literally to the millisecond as you type your message.  Seriously, check out the 1:12:44 mark in the video and your jaw will drop!

This amazing platform will revolutionize online social networking – just walking by my brother surfing Facebook after watching the video… Facebook looked extremely dull.  When Wave comes out to the public in several months, I can see this platform easily rivaling Facebook, and bringing my friends away from that monster.

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On a side note – if you got a sec, check out Sky Map for Google Android phones!

Facebook Changed Their Terms of Service

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Facebook’s terms of service (TOS) used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire. Not anymore. Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later. Want to close your account? Good for you, but Facebook still has the right to do whatever it wants with your old content. They can even sublicense it if they want.”

Golden Anti-Facebook Article

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

I got hooked reading anti-facebook articles, searching for one that best sums up why I don’t have an account in a way that people might understand.

This article is gold:

http://www.tommyv2.com/07may3.html