Over the past few days thousands of twitter users have campaigned for it, and twitter eventually bowed to the public pressure. The question is, how does this stack up with freedom of speech?
It was a long time coming, but finally the Royal baby arrived. Still officially unnamed, but lovingly referred to as ‘Baby Cambridge’ the world has stood still as we awaited first the birth, and now the first glimpse of the third inline to the throne.
Ever since the invention of social media sites such as Facebook at Twitter, there have been people out there who have been concerned that what they post will be found by their employer or perspective employer. Are these worries well founded, I don’t think they should be!
App.net is increasing in popularity. Based on Twitter it addressed some of the issues which die hard twitter-fans have with the way the company is ‘improving’ its service. Although it does appear a good service, I for one will be sticking with Twitter for a few more months at least. Here is why.
Finally my exams have come to a close, which of course means one thing, another chapter of my education has come to an end. The GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) is now over which is gives rise to a few emotions; happiness that I have taken one more step in my journey to become a barrister, however this is of course tainted with the fact that I will have to say goodbye to a few friends. Thankfully the majority of the people who I hung around with are also undertaking their professional qualifications at Manchester Metropolitan University, so it will only be a short summers break before meeting up again. You may recall that there way a few issues with one of my exams having to be rescheduled due to a power cut and fire alarm evacuation. To update you on this, the initial idea to have the exam held giving us two days notice was changed, and it took place after the Jubilee Bank Holiday, giving us plenty of time to prepare. The criminal law paper comprised of questions of identical topics, and similar level of difficulty, so I don’t think there will be much of an issue with regards to outcome. Both myself and other students affected are still having conversations with MMU with regards to why we weren’t permitted to continue our paper when others were, however the main thing is that this is now behind us. The exam period itself was quite a stressful one, which saw me disappear from twitter for several weeks. I started revision mid easter and thank g-d I did. Upon returning to uni I released how much work there was to do, and that by starting when I did was a great idea. The two weeks on the run up to exams I took up residence in the library that was open 24/7 for exam season. I often spent over 10 hours a day there, with the average amount being 12. By the end of the exam period I was almost on first name terms with the security guards and library staff! I think this amount of work paid off, as unlike my A-levels (and to some extent my undergraduate degree) I do feel quite happy with my performance in the seven exams that I sat. Yes I don’t think im going to set the world alight with my performance in Land Law, however that topic aside I am quite happy with my performance and (I know I shouldn’t jinx it) am looking forward to the results that are published mid July. For those undertaking the GDL next year, I can’t stress enough how much work it is. I was told by a family friend how much work it was and I thought she was exaggerating, having come to the end I can say that if anything she was understating the fact. Studying 7 modules across a year, with 7 exams at the end of it, on top of taking part in extra curricular activities such as mooting and pro-bono work makes it a year of being on the go constantly. However the bonus of undertaking so much law in such a small amount of time is that you really do learn a lot of useful information. Yes I didn’t enjoy every aspect of EU Law, Land Law, or Public Law, however modules such as Free Movement of Persons, Registered Land and Police & Criminal Evidence Act affect each and everyone of us more than you would think. By having a greater understanding of such issues allows you to help yourself and others in certain situations. As last year, and in particular the last few weeks was very stressful, my online presence has been significantly less, and for those who follow me on twitter I do apologise. Next week (19th June) my parents have very kindly treated me to a weeks away in New York City. I am going with a friend from Leeds who has not been to NYC, and although I went last year our trip is still going to be full of things which I did not do last time, such as viewing a Broadway Show. The sad thing is that due to time constraints, I still have not viewed the photos from last year! Just as with last year, I have created a site to which will aggregate photos, blog posts and tweets from NYC, you can view it here: http://www.nyc2012.jonathanisaacs.com Apart from that, I hope all my readers are well, and will speak to you again soon. Jonathan x
Social networking is all around us, you can tweet on twitter, share your status on Facebook and now (for the lucky few who have been invited,) use Google+ to share your goings on with the rest of the human race. Leaving aside how much time one does spend on these services, which one is best for staying connected with your friends, or indeed which one is most addictive im going to have a look at which of them is actually best for you and your photos. Every service you sign up to has pages and pages of small print, very few people (if anyone) reads it, effectively giving the developers free reign to do what they want. To me, it seems almost as if large companies deliberately increase the size of their terms of service just to mask out the terms they dont want you to see. Before I delve into dissecting each social network, I want to get things clear, although many of these services are ‘free’ to the consumer (or use a freemium model) they still make plenty of money from advertising. I have been a member of Facebook for several years now, not purchased any of their ‘add-ons’ yet have still been bombarded by advertisements every-time I log in, so in short, even tho i’ve not paid directly, ive still paid in terms of looking at advertisements which Facebook get a commission for. As we have touched on Facebook already, let look at that first. Launched officially in 2004, with over 750 million active users it makes over $2bn (USD) each year, making it perhaps the largest social network on the planet (source). From a photograph point of view it is estimated that 964 photos are uploaded to Facebook every second (2.5 Billion a month), which by any view, let alone a data storage point of view is a lot of photographs (source). Facebook are known for changing their terms at short notice, and the terms that they change normally are extensive. Even though billions of pictures are uploaded each month, those users are in affect giving away the intellectual property rights of both photos and videos. Facebook’s terms of service state in 2.1: “For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.” 09/07/11 (Source) So in short, upload a photo to Facebook, and they can use your photo for what ever they like, including selling it on, without compensating you. Moreover, this agreement doesn’t end when you delete your photo or movie from your account, it has to be deleted from everyones account on Facebook. Next on the list isTwitter, founded in 2006, with over 200 million users, handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day its projected revenue of $140bn makes it the new ‘RSS light’ (source). Twitter is a little harder to analysise as Twitter itself does not store photographs, it merely provides API’s to allow 3rd parties to integrate into Twitter to provide the capability of photo-sharing. Perhaps the most popular one (which perhaps suggests endorsement by Twitter by using half of its name) is Twitpic. Sadly its a similar story as with Facebook: “You retain all ownership rights to Content uploaded to Twitpic. However, by submitting Content to Twitpic, you hereby grant Twitpic a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and Twitpic’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels” 09/07/11 (Source) My photos aren’t safe on Twitpic either. Twitpic can use them or re-distribute them free of charge. Flickr is something I use on a regular basis. As a keen photographer, all the photographs on my website are actually hosted on Flickr (at low res), as this allows the physical size of my website to remain under 20mb, allowing speedy updating. Flickr are a subsidiary of Yahoo, and have the shortest terms and conditions by far with their being 11 clauses (and no sub clauses) making it possible to read them in under 2 minutes. Reading the terms however is academic when it comes to who owns the rights of your uploaded material, as they work closely with, and use the Creative Commons Licence scheme. When uploading you can choose whether to reserve all rights (in which case copying or redistributing by any party is prohibited), allow use of your work provided they credit you, or a combination in between. This is the way I think we should be treated, I took the photo, I own the copyright to it, I choose who and who doesn’t have it, NOT the service I upload it to. Therefore Flickr gets a big thumbs up. Now the new kid on the block, Google+, only a handful of people have got access to it, as it remains in beta so the terms of service may well change, however as it stands, it once again follows the lead of Facebook and Twitter. In its 20 clause document, term 11 outlines: “You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole […]
A week has gone by since my iPad landed, apps have been purchased and the experience enjoyed. Here is an overview of the apps which i’ve purchased, and the role which my iPad has played.
Just like on the iPhone the iPad has hundreds of twitter clients to choose from, this makes finding the perfect one even more difficult. After many hours of searching I have found the one.
Ive not blogged for quite some time, and its time to put that right. Here is a quite update as to whats been going on over the past month or two.
A thankyou message to my followers on twitter