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Facebook pushes photo prominence in timeline

By dpreview staff on Jul 31, 2012 at 18:52 GMT

Facebook has updated the way photos are presented in the timeline section of users' profiles - devoting more page space to the images and making it easier to give some images prominence. The result is an awful lot like the Google+ gallery view, and the Flickr interface for viewing contacts' images but appears to crop all images to square format. The Facebook update gives the ability to 'highlight' specific images (making them four times larger) but doesn't just present your own images - images with you tagged in them will be intermingled with your own shots, so it's not an optimal way to showcase your photography, unless you ruthlessly de-tag yourself from other peoples' photos.

The company says it is rolling the changes out to user profiles but gives no timescale for how long it will take to apply to all accounts.


Press Release:

A More Beautiful View of Photos

Today we’re announcing improvements to the photos section that make viewing photos more enjoyable.

See bigger photos

Now when you click Photos at the top of your timeline, you’ll see larger pictures that fill up the page. You can use the menu to find shots you’re tagged in, pictures you’ve shared and albums you’ve created. 

Facebook will devote more of its photo page to the images themseleves

Showcase photos you like

With your Facebook photos all in one section, it’s simple to show friends your favorites. Click the star button to make important photos stand out.

 Individual images can be selected so they appear larger.

Comments

Total comments: 83
Octane
By Octane (Aug 4, 2012)

I wish there was as much momentum against the dangerously invasive 'patriot act' (in the USA) as there is for FB's Timeline. I'm stunned how much resistance and hate there is for a graphical design choice, while important issues are ignored. That's really all I can say about this subject.

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (Aug 2, 2012)

Don't like Facebook. They are into collecting -- and in a way stealing -- your stuff under the guise of being social.

On the other hand I like Dpr because (for the most part) the contributors add value in shared social pursuits.

But if you still think Facebook is good for something, sell their stock short.

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ata3001
By ata3001 (Aug 1, 2012)

Mine doesn't look anything like this. Is this something that is now in place or something they'd like to have?

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Wilmark
By Wilmark (Aug 1, 2012)

Proof that photogs hate facebook - DP Review one of the biggest photog gear websites DOES NOT HAVE A FACEBOOK like button in the "Share" tab above!

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Goob13
By Goob13 (Aug 1, 2012)

Really just shows their marketing department isn't interested in exposure or driving traffic. Makes me wonder what other revenue generating opportunities they are ignoring. Revenues that could be put towards improving content and fixing the clunky UI of this site.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Aug 1, 2012)

Not true. There is in fact a "FB Like" button, at least when I am looking at it. Besides, DPR has a FB account is is active on FB.

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Wilmark
By Wilmark (Aug 1, 2012)

Well it doesnt show up on THIS article. I know there is a like button on the pics for example.

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surefire
By surefire (Aug 3, 2012)

Actually, it does. You must have it blocked somehow. Maybe through a Chrome extension?

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Saffron_Blaze
By Saffron_Blaze (Aug 1, 2012)

I ruthlessly remove any image tags that identify me in a photo.

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Greg Summers
By Greg Summers (Aug 1, 2012)

I see no difference in any difference on my page. The ineptness of FB to showcase photos is amazing. Highlight shows only part of the photograph. They simply are not doing much right and this extends from harassing member with phone calls to sell advertiosing to pages that change constantly, to software that dramtically changes the appearnace of photos. If a change is being made, it hasn't aoccured yet.

In addition, they encourage participants to make new friends and punish you for doing so, never respond to help requests or repsond to questions about suspensions. What investors need to know is that FB is filled mainly with people posting saying that explain how easy life is if only . . there are exceptions. For a photographer, Facebook is just a big billboard and I see no changes in what they are doing

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orchidblooms
By orchidblooms (Aug 1, 2012)

any copyright protection yet for the posters of these 'photos'... from fb ...worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Aug 1, 2012)

A website has to license your IP so that it can legitimately make your images visible to other web users. Sometimes (and I haven't read Facebook's T&C recently) the standard agreement required to allow your images to be shown across the web ends up looking very scary, when all it actually means is 'we need permission to reproduce your images across lots of servers.'

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Goob13
By Goob13 (Aug 1, 2012)

I think it all depends on what you want to do with your photos. Most of my friends and family are on Facebook, so it is much easier to post photos for there for them to see. They could give a rats behind about compression, or any supposed 'lack of quality'. They just want to see pictures, They don't want to wait forever for pbase to load, or to navigate Flickrs crappy UI. To 99% of the public, photos on Facebook look just fine.

Now, if you are a pro and want to share your photos, why wouldnt you have your own site? Nothing says 'amateur' like "hey, check out my amazing professional photos on pBase".

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Kim Letkeman
By Kim Letkeman (Aug 1, 2012)

> Nothing says 'amateur' like "hey, check out my amazing
> professional photos on pBase".

Totally disagree.
http://www.pbase.com/ronnie_14187/
http://www.pbase.com/deewun/portraits

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Aug 2, 2012)

Sorry Kim, the photos are nice but the web page layouts are so wretched. No margins? Center-aligned Helvetica. Ughh...

PBase was sort of able to hold its own through Flickr and even Facebook, but now that everyone's seen photos showcased spectacularly well on 500px, LiveBooks, Google Plus, and nice Wordpress templates, PBase looks as frozen-in-1999 as ever. And I'm not talking about glitz, just basic aesthetics that would not be ignored by any designer of a photo book. Why should we have lower presentation standards just because it's on a screen?

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hrl
By hrl (Aug 1, 2012)

Soon, Facebook will only be relevant in the third world countries, just like Blackberry.

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Wilmark
By Wilmark (Aug 1, 2012)

WOW, you couldnt have said it better. I am from Trinidad. I hate when my photos appear on fucebook. But you know what here everyone is on facebook and everyone uses blackberry, the more uppity one use an iphone with almost NO android proliferation. And we are a thirdworld country. But most of the world is thirdworld.

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Bent Tranberg
By Bent Tranberg (Aug 1, 2012)

I can't find this anywhere. I only see the old layout.

I would like to see Facebook using the position information in the uploaded pictures, so we didn't have to place them on the map ourselves. I am really surprised this isn't in there already.

I tried to place a picture on the map in Facebook, and it was so horribly difficult that I am not going to do that again.

I appreciate improvements in Facebook, but I think they're moving too slowly forward.

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Aug 1, 2012)

It sounds like they are doing what Flickr is having trouble with, having a community based photo-sharing service. The only (big) trouble is the photos on Flickr are at least trying to be better... but my friends etc aren't there and thus can't comment. Win to Facebook for thinking out of the box. Not so sure it's a win for photography.

The site that really has it right in many ways, despite their small resolution imagery, is Instagram. Easy to view, easy to respond, easy to share and hard to swamp it with pointless uploads.

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Aug 1, 2012)

I just got back from a trip where I took TONS of photos, got some great landscapes out of it. Know where I parked them? On PBase. I have WAY more control over its presentation, I don't get people griping about photos I post of them that get "tagged," I was able to upload many at once via the use of ZIP files, and if I leave Facebook they're still all there. I've used their site since 2004, in fact.

Funny: it seems to me Facebook didn't event photo-sharing & that there are PLENTY of places to post your photos besides Facebook, although fewer & fewer people believe or realize it. If no one bothers to look at them, that's on them, they're there and easy to see. I don't need Facebook for that.

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Aug 1, 2012)

I also use (well mostly used) Pbase, and much prefer it's presentation. The only things I don't like are it's massive size makes it hard to connect with other users and it's antiquated tools. No-one else does albums as well, though, making too much of your latest uploads.

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Les Kamens
By Les Kamens (Aug 1, 2012)

And aside form the small fact that FACEBOOK OWNS your images. Just another reason I don't participate with facebook!!!!!!!!
funny how their stock offerings are going south fast

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orchidblooms
By orchidblooms (Aug 1, 2012)

how does fb handle 'share' from a site that is copyrighted....

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Aug 1, 2012)

Can you support that claim?

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (Aug 1, 2012)

Les Facebook does not own your photographs. If you think they do you misunderstand their terms and conditions.

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cjyphoto
By cjyphoto (Aug 1, 2012)

You send me to Flickr and I will not look at your images. Horrible viewer experience.

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h2k
By h2k (Aug 1, 2012)

I don't mind if you stay away.

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Jonathan Siegel
By Jonathan Siegel (Aug 1, 2012)

FB is the very LAST place I want to take people to in order to share my photos. If I meet a client and want to share my photo hobby with them, I send them over to Flickr which is a far superior experience, and dedicated only to photos and not a junky timeline history of my late night activities.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Aug 1, 2012)

Timeline® will be rolled out to every FB user by November, or earlier.

.

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crypsis101
By crypsis101 (Aug 1, 2012)

Never have and Never will visit Facebook for any reason whatsoever! If you like the government knowing everything you say or do be my guest....A sucker and a fool is born every second!

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 1, 2012)

They are on to you just from this post!

Really, in most reasonably free countries, the govt has to get permission from the courts to read your facebook data. They could get your bank statements, email account, phone history, traffic logs from your ISP the same way. If you do something to warrant being a significant suspect, staying away from facebook is probably not going to save you.

What I'd be worried about is which companies are buying it from facebook.

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Goob13
By Goob13 (Aug 1, 2012)

The government? Really? Any computer literate person could find your ISP and a ton of other stuff about you in about 5 minutes just based on your post on this site. A sucker and a fool posts on this site every second apparently.

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (Aug 1, 2012)

So where is tkbslc from then Goob, and which ISP does he use?

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Aug 1, 2012)

Paranoid much?

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Cineski2
By Cineski2 (Jul 31, 2012)

Gotta sell more facial recognition logs of where and who people hang out with to .gov. And yes, Facebook does do this.

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Goob13
By Goob13 (Jul 31, 2012)

Roughly 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day, so obviously some people like using it.

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Jim Evidon
By Jim Evidon (Jul 31, 2012)

Said the wife looking at all the empty chairs in the funeral parlor:
"I don't understand it. He had 2000 Facebook friends."

Facebook shot up like a rocket and what goes up must and will come down.
Better to stick with dedicated sites like DP Review, Flicker, 500 PX and Smugmug to mention a few.

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Bob Tewksbury
By Bob Tewksbury (Jul 31, 2012)

Love fb ! It's the reason I got back into photography! I shoot photos for people just to put on fb. Way to go!

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Jul 31, 2012)

Don't forget, once you post a photo to Facebook it becomes their property. You may delete it, but FB has already copied it and added it to their database.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jul 31, 2012)

I don't like Facebook, but that's a gross oversimplification of their updated TOS. (Most "Facebook panic" posts are about the old TOS.) Nowhere in their current TOS does it say they own your work. In fact, it specifically says you retain ownership. What they ask for is a nonexclusive license, which is also the case at most other sites where you post photos.

The only thing up for debate is whether Facebook's requested license is too broad. That is fair. And many think Facebook does ask for more rights than other sites. But for you to say they own your work is unfair, based on the legal facts.

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Jul 31, 2012)

Thanks for the clarification, graybalanced.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 1, 2012)

Facebook doesn't get anymore rights than smugmug, flickr or any other photo site. You have to give them rights so they can put it on their website and store it on their server without violating copyright law.

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raincoat
By raincoat (Aug 1, 2012)

Doesn't FB get the license to use and sell to any 3rd party and to extend these rights to those 3rd parties?

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Aug 1, 2012)

@tkbslc: Sorry, you are quite wrong! Facebook grants themselves the right to sub-license without any monetary redemption to the copyright owner. - So be happy to have your image show up in advertising for anything - even things that go against every grain of your belief!

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nicolas guilbert
By nicolas guilbert (Aug 1, 2012)

I solve this buy posting pictures with a watermark, If facebook have rights on the picture, it only applies to the one with the watermark? I belive.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (Aug 1, 2012)

Karl Gnter Wnsch your understanding of facebook T&C is incorrect.

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Stu 5
By Stu 5 (Aug 1, 2012)

nicolas guilbert those watermarks have been known to be removed by national newspapers before.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Aug 2, 2012)

Karl Gnter Wnsch one reason they sub-license is, as an example, when they have to handle global expansion by hiring a vendor to help out with server capacity (like how many companies outsource to Amazon S3), they don't have to come to all 1 billion users asking for permission to extend their photo license to every new vendor needed. Are user photos actually turning up in Facebook ads? Does Facebook even run any ads? (other than ad space bought on Facebook)

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Aug 2, 2012)

@graybalanced, sorry, but sublicensing doesn't mean that, they grant themselves a irrevocable right to sublicense as they see fit. This includes sublicensing your photos to porn sites, mcdonalds or whoever pays enough to them!

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duartix
By duartix (Jul 31, 2012)

They are shoving their final dose of Timeline down everyone's throats.
It sucks rotten eggs but they are doing it for add space.
This is probably just a way to divert the timeline hate...

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EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Jul 31, 2012)

I'm still timeline free, amazingly.

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Jul 31, 2012)

Me too :-)

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Karsten Pedersen
By Karsten Pedersen (Aug 1, 2012)

I used a little ad-on called social fixer to remove my timeline. Had already been given timeline by fb. But managed to remove it with social fixer.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Jul 31, 2012)

Well, there is still 500px and Flickr.. not mentioning DPreview has its own gallery.

Facebook is thing that I avoid for photos, if I wanted to cripple anything I take then I can use instagram. :D

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Salah
By Salah (Jul 31, 2012)

Instagram is owned by Facebook now!

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Jul 31, 2012)

Facialbook, is that the site where you can make new and exciting friends with a single click on your mouse?

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Jul 31, 2012)

Does that mean they're fixing their TERRIBLE jpg compression as well?

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Jul 31, 2012)

Horrid, horrid things it does to colors.

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Nerv0usT1ck
By Nerv0usT1ck (Aug 1, 2012)

It really is like going to the "add noise" filter in photoshop, and moving the slider all the way to the right. This effect is even more pronounced when attaching a pic via private message to a client that wants a quick preview. Did that once. wont happen again.

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mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (Aug 1, 2012)

Their compression is seemingly: max compression, just the right amount of downsizing to make lots of jaggies, and a bit of a pop in orange- just to make skin tones look weird.

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Jul 31, 2012)

Square crop (which does't fit any of my images), mingling in idiotic snapshots from other users, giving them the rights to sublicense the images you upload - sorry but which photographer with a sane mind would ever upload a single photo onto that %&%@&)-site?

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (Aug 1, 2012)

I know a lot of small-time photogs earning good rates locally by posting samples of their work on FB. With their work more easily viewable and reachable they tend to get hired also more frequently. But then again, they're not big names...

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Aug 1, 2012)

Of all the places I've put up my photos to, FB has been the most useful, I hate the site for all the reasons said here, but just by putting up my good shots I got loooaadds of response. Not a few months later I'm getting people I never met asking if I'd shoot for them, now I'm shooting weddings, and I never said I'd do them!

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Michael Doleman
By Michael Doleman (Jul 31, 2012)

So... slow news day at DPReview, eh?

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dragra
By dragra (Jul 31, 2012)

Wow, fancy new outfit. Is there finally a way to manually choose your own square crops from the non-square photos?

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Jul 31, 2012)

There is in fact a "Reposition photo" control on the Timeline which is Facebook-talk for adjusting the square crop.

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makofoto
By makofoto (Jul 31, 2012)

? ... lot of my "friends" are clients, or potential clients ... so any exposure is good exposure!

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BigEnso
By BigEnso (Jul 31, 2012)

I love FB. I don't use it but I love it. Since their stock has gone down the toilet, I have made some nice money shorting the stock. Won't be long before it gets to 50% of the IPO price.

So please, feel free to talk about it all you want to. :)

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Jogger
By Jogger (Jul 31, 2012)

Got rid of my account ages ago... i bet they still have all my photos, posts, etc.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Jul 31, 2012)

Please, for the love of mercy, no more about facebook...

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jul 31, 2012)

Fair enough - I'm sure none of our readers use it, so won't be interested in how it presents their photos.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Jul 31, 2012)

Thanks! I am sure they won't mind, or they will get over it! ;)

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carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (Jul 31, 2012)

Indeed. Is there another way to users to avoid this new layout? So, why bitch about it? Why post something about it? The only choice is to deactivate our accounts or close the DPR tab.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Jul 31, 2012)

It's funny, I just activated this account literally this morning ... (been lurking for rather a while though) and, lo and behold, the very first new story to crop up ... essentially an ad for farcebook.
I posted here to express my displeasure about how focus is being taken away from gear reviewing, and being devoted regrettably towards covering the latest asinine social media trends. Now, if there were to be more articles about pros in the field, or interviews with the camera makers, I'd be all for it ... Refer to me as a bitch if you like, I'll consider it a compliment.

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dragra
By dragra (Jul 31, 2012)

Is there a way to CC- license your own photos that are uploaded to FB? I just don't like the idea that they get property of FB.

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bossnas
By bossnas (Jul 31, 2012)

No. All content uploaded to FB gives them the right to do whatever they want with it. It's in their T&C's. That's why I don't upload there. Problem solved.

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Karl Gnter Wnsch
By Karl Gnter Wnsch (Jul 31, 2012)

No, there is no way to keep them from exploiting your images as if they were their own - wouldn't you be proud to find your images promoting anything you hate?

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tonywong
By tonywong (Jul 31, 2012)

How ironic that this post has 10 Likes.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Jul 31, 2012)

I don't see the irony. Facebook didn't invent the "like" / "thumbs up" button. And if gajillions of people mob and latch onto something, that does not make the entity in question any more worthy or impressive in my eyes than a the lesser/un-hyped entities. Groupthink mentality is my kryptonite ...

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Goob13
By Goob13 (Jul 31, 2012)

Yes, thank heavens for DPReview, where 'professionals' can post pictures of their cats and proclaim "C&C encouraged", only to be shot down by the other 'pros' that this "is a gear site only".

At least on Facebook people will pretend to 'Like' your awful photos.

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Aug 1, 2012)

http://www.socialmediaplayground.com/social-media/you-should-know-photo-licensing-agreements-on-social-networks/2012/02/07/

An excerpt from the article: "What it means: Facebook can use your photos as long as you have them posted up, but they cannot sell or license them to third parties or do whatever they want with them in perpetuity."

So no, they do not own your photos nor can they do whatever they want.

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Aug 1, 2012)

@ tonywong...

there is nothing ironic about it. It is just people voting with their mouse clicks.

And it sure looks like more people agree with Camediadude than agree with you.

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Ohnostudio
By Ohnostudio (Aug 1, 2012)

Why is this even considered News?

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Total comments: 83