Friday Round-Up: Twitter transparency, Flickr wants to sell your photos and more
Twitter: Information Please
Twitter just released their fifth Transparency Report and the big news is that requests for information, content removal and copyright violations are on the rise. And we’re not just talking about a little bump. In the first half of 2014, Twitter saw a 46% increase in requests for account information. Those requests came from 54 countries and include 8 countries that haven’t requested information before.
Content removal requests are up 14%. Copyright takedown requests are up 38%.
Part of this growth is coming from the fact that there’s just a lot more content on Twitter now than there was a year ago. I also think officials are finally realizing the power of social media. Comments that would have been ignored a few years ago are now being taken seriously.
Is this a bad thing? Not yet, but it’s still early.
Flickr Wants to Make You a Star
Flickr wants to help amateur photographers turn pro by creating a marketplace for them to sell their photos. When you sign up, you give Flickr’s curation team permission to go through your photos and offer them up to bloggers, the press and other media outlets including Getty Images.
If someone wants your photo, Flickr will arrange for them to pay a licensing fee. They don’t say what their cut will be or if they’re even taking a cut. But from the announcement post, it sounds like you’ll be giving Flickr permission to use your photos in a variety of ways.
Beyond licensing opportunities with photo agencies, we will look for ways to showcase your photos on the Flickr blog and across other Yahoo properties like News and Travel. We’ll also try to connect you with original photo assignments!
Even without seeing the details, it’s probably a good deal because most people won’t ever try to sell their photos on their own. If Flickr can hook you up, then they deserve a cut.
LinkedIn made some adjustments to the mobile profile pages that will help you look good when you’re out networking. The new profile page includes the names of the people you have in common, where a person went to school, where they work and other quick tidbits.
Now, with one glance, you can come up with a relevant opener – “hey, you know Susan at XYZ Widget? I know her, too. We went to school together!”
Conversation started. Now on to business.
If you’re not sure what to put on your own profile page, LinkedIn will help you with that. Just log on through the mobile app and follow the prompts.
One more thing. The new design also showcases your recent blog posts – so it’s more important than ever that you actually have posts on LinkedIn.
Now all they need to do is add facial recognition software so you don’t have to do the creepy chest stare when you want to read someone’s name tag.