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Do you taking pictures? Do you like to make those pictures special by applying filters to them. Do you enjoy advertisers to skim your data and pictures and push ads to you? If you answered “yes” to the first 2 questions then you probably use Instagram. If you didn’t understand the last question then you may not have heard the big fuss about Instagram changing their privacy policy.

To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

Does that mean that Instagram is going to sell my likeness and photos? Here’s how the CEO of Instagram responds to that statement:

To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.
– Kevin Systrom, Instagram CEO & Co-Founder

Be aware that these “free services” need to make money some way. If they are not going to charge you, then they are going to sell something to someone. The cheapest and easiest thing to sell is the data that the user is giving them. In this case it would be your likeness, pictures, meta details, etc. You may ask yourself, “But I thought the CEO stated he wouldn’t sell our pictures”. True he’s not going to sell your picture in the classic sense of the term “sell”. But Instagram is going to sell access to that information, so ads can be marketed to you. Advertisers and Brands will be able to have promoted pictures appear in your timeline, like how Twitter has promoted Tweets and Tumblr has promoted posts. How will Instagram use your data with this brands? Look no further than Instagram’s parent company, Facebook. If you like a company or are fans of company on Facebook, then you likeness and photos (profile pic) is used to show to your friends that, ‘Person A likes this, and they are your friend so you should too.’ Instagram is looking to do the same thing. For more information about how brands can use your Instagram pictures, check out a write up by Nilay Patel at The Verge.

Is Instagram bad for you? About as “bad” as any other company that you share information with. If you are fine sharing information, like pictures, with Facebook, then you’ll be fine sharing pictures with Instagram. They are the same company at the end of the day.

– Post Scripts & End Notes –
+ Instagram, Privacy Policy
+ Steve Kovach, Business Insider, Instagram Responds: ‘It Is Not Our Intention To Sell Your Photos’
+ Nilay Patel, The Verge, No, Instagram can’t sell your photos: what the new terms of service really mean


Facebook has announced a new feature that will make it easier to stay up to date what is going on with your school based on your school email address…wait…that seems kinda familiar.

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{1} – Nate Garun, “ Um, Wasn’t This The Original Purpose Of Facebook?

“Google has built a really cool house with a pool, theatre room, foosball, open floor plan, and a bar…too bad they can’t get anyone to come over”

That’s what I think about when I think of Google+, an awesome house that nobody visits. Here are some stats on Google+:

According to data from research firm comScore, Google+ visitors spent an average of three minutes per month on the site between September 2011 and January 2012. However, visitors to Facebook spent six to seven hours each month using the much larger social network.{1}

If you think that sounds bad, it gets worse…

on average from July 2011 to January 2012, Google+ visitors went to the site less than three times a month and spent about three and a half minutes there each time. Facebook visitors, on the other hand, ended up visiting Facebook about 21 times each month, spending almost 20 minutes each time they visited. This works out to a little over 10 minutes spent on Google+ compared to about 7 hours spent on Facebook.{1}

Google+’s layout is awesome. The features there are top notch. Hangouts is an amazing product that even works well on mobile devices. But all that hard works goes to the wayside if no one uses it.

When people think about parties from high school, they don’t talk about that small gathering of 4 people were they got a high score wii bowling. They talk about the one awesome party where there was randomly a goat in a hot tub. Right now, Facebook is that party.

Google had a few missteps into the world of social networking, but it’s not their fault because geeks usually don’t know how to throw a party. The way to throw a successful/epic/movie worthy blowout is not by only inviting your geeky friends and the guys from Games Workshop. No, it’s by inviting the hot girls and the popular kids. The popular kids are going to invite their friends. People want to be around attractive people. People want to be around the popular kids. They want to be at the awesome party. They don’t want to miss out.

The summer is coming, Google. Unfortunately if you can’t have an awesome house party by the end of the summer, then I think it’s time to move to a smaller house.

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{1} – Nathan Ingraham, “Data Shows Google+ Users Aren’t Yet Engaged” (28 February 2012)

Pinterest used to be an incredible source for finding new, cool sites that you’d never heard of.
But now, with so many users, all anyone does is re-pin each other rather than pinning new material from around the web.

This is another case of early adopters not liking the growth of a particular site/social network. The same thing happened with Twitter and Facebook…

SAI – Pintrest Already Isn’t Cool Anymore

A video has been going viral on Facebook. It’s of a father reading a post from his daughter’s Facebook wall and then teaching her a lesson for her disrespectful post.

I can understand a teenage daughter going on a rant, but previously those rants would be written in a journal or as a letter to a friend; NOT posted publicly on Facebook. Technology can be a wonderful thing, but we need not to rely not to strongly on it.

“…how do you not allow technology to replace the most precious human moment – face to face contact?”

Google+ Hangouts

I started reading a new book, “The Leadership Challenge” and I stumbled upon the above quote. I started thinking about all the different ways I use technology. Twitter, e-mail, Facebook, reading news, posting blogs; and for the most part it is all text based. I will write a Facebook status, a person will read it, and if they agree with the contents of it will either write a reply or click a button that states you “like” it. That is all well and good but there is a personal connection that is missing.

Enter Google+, which if you didn’t know or haven’t seen the commercials, is Google’s vision of a social network. There are a lot of similarities between Google+ & Facebook. Status updates, sharing pictures, messenger apps for mobile devices are some similarities between both networks. However, Google+ adds something that isn’t found on Facebook, or any other social network: Google+ Hangouts. Google+ Hangouts brings the social to the network.

Here’s an example of the precious human moment that I referred to in the original quote: I was using Google+ Messenger to instant message my friend that moved to New York. I decided that I wanted to see what he was doing literally. I pressed one button in the app on my phone and I was able to have a face to face convo with my friend. Similar to what’s happening in this Verizon ad for the Galaxy Nexus.

I’m glad Google is advertising this amazing aspect of Google+. Hangouts is so native and simple and isn’t found in such simplicity anywhere else on the web. Nothing may beat meeting up with a friend or a loved one in a coffee shop, but having a cross platform social network solution where face to face conversations can easily occur is a close second.

Conversation continues on Google+

  • Did you now know that there are more Facebook users than number of tweets per day?
  • Did you know there are now more Facebook users than people in the United States?!?

The stats are in and Facebook has over 500 million users. Facebook is clearly taking over the world…much to the enmity of me. Everyone is on Facebook. Bosses, moms, pastors, ex-s, companies, friends, family, babies…you name them and you can find their Facebook page. Clearly a far departure from their college only walled garden that they had only a few years back. Who is going to combat the Facebook juggernaut? *Cue GoogleMe*

If you don’t know, Google is “supposedly” building its own social network to fight Facebook. Is it a good idea? Yes! Will it work? No idea!

Why is it a good idea?

  • Competition breads innovation: If Facebook doesn’t have a network to seriously compete with (I’m sure we can all agree that myspace doesn’t count as competition), then Facebook can do whatever it wants and customers will have to take it, because there’s no other social network to go to.

Will it work?
That’s the tougher question. I think if anyone can make it work its Google. However not all of the things coming from Google labs as of late has been a success (¿need I remind you of Wave & Buzz?) But I think Google can use the continued success of Android as a way to roll Google Me to all of its users. Towards the end of June, reports were circulating that nearly 160,000 Android devices were being activated per day. If Google can work Google Me into Android, it can leverage users to start building the GoogleMe network without effort. If GoogleMe is strongly optimized for mobile devices it will be a success.

What do you think? Would you use another social network if it was built into your phone and strongly optimized for mobile?