Celebrity photo agency Backgrid has sued Twitter over copyright infringement after users uploaded thousands of its photos on the social media platform. Twitter reportedly received DMCA takedown notices, but failed to take action, and it also reportedly failed to sanction “repeat infringers.” Because of this, if Backgrid wins, Twitter will have to pay a whopping $228.9 million!
Twitter vs. Flickr: A View Count Comparison for Photographers
Yesterday Twitter announced that they were adding view counts to tweets on Twitter. I thought I’d use this announcement to very unscientifically compare the number of views one of my photos received on Twitter vs. Flickr. While some might call this an “apples vs. oranges” comparison, and Flickr is admittedly more of a photography-centric social network, I find that I engage with photographers on both platforms, even if I also engage with more non-photographers on Twitter.
Instagram releases its Twitter-like feature Notes
It was only a few days ago when we reported that Instagram might be evolving into Twitter with its new Notes feature. Well, the launch happened much sooner than expected – and Notes are already officially out. I spotted the new feature when I opened Instagram today, and then saw the announcement on the platform’s Twitter account. Am I the only one feeling the irony here? Anyhow, I wanted to share with you what it looks like and what you can expect.
Instagram wants to become Twitter; considers adding textual posts
After Snapchat, TikTok, and even the “anti-Instagram” app BeReal, Instagram now reportedly wants to become Twitter. According to several reports, what used to be photo sharing app (ah, the good times) will add microblogging to its platform. Other than Reels, ads, Reels, ads, ads, Stories, ads, and occasional photos, users might soon be able to share textual “notes” with all their followers.
Twitter bans astrophotographer for three months over an “intimate” shot of a meteor
Can you imagine seeing anything “dirty” in a photo or video of a meteor? Yeah, neither can I. However, Twitter can, and it banned an astrophotographer this August because of that.
Astronomer and astrophotographer Mary McIntyre published a video of a meteor she took during the Perseid meteor shower. Twitter flagged it as “intimate content,” which resulted in banning the photographer for the whole three months!
Oh look, now Twitter has Reels too
After Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, now it’s Twitter’s turn to copy TikTok’s short-form videos. That’s right, from now on, you can also go to Twitter and waste hours watching short vertical clips. And pretty much like Instagram, Twitter will also force its version of “Reels” upon you in the Explore tab.
You can no longer post photos of people on Twitter without their permission
Twitter has announced an extension of its private information policy. From now on, you are not allowed to share images and videos of “private individuals” unless you have their permission. And if you still post the content, anyone in it will be allowed to request takedowns.
Photographers, here’s how to make the best of Twitter
Social media is a vital part of how a business promotes itself, and having a wide variety of social media tools at your disposal is important. While you can link all your social media accounts together to create one post appearing on all of them, this strategy ignores unique opportunities each platform offers to its audience.
For example, Twitter might be perceived as just a witty space to carefully craft a succinct 280 characters. But it has features that distinguish it from other platforms to help you build your brand and implement your business strategies.
Twitter photo of lost hiker’s feet helps rescue team to find him
Oftentimes, people posting photo of their feet while hiking can be a little annoying. But sometimes, sharing a photo like this can lead to an epic rescue. A hiker lost in the mountains of Southern California was rescued after a Twitter user located him this way. He used nothing but a blurry tweeted photo of – his feet.
Photographer desperately seeks job on Twitter, Oprah responds and offers him a gig
2020 has been a year full of struggles for most of us, leaving many photographers without work. In a desperate attempt to find a gig, young photographer Malcolm Manning posted a tweet earlier this month. And he did get a job offer – from Oprah Winfrey herself.
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