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Social Media

I live in a country that, for the most part, respects personal privacy and I have come to love it. I don’t like anyone else to have control of my personal data and information.

I have always had reservations with using social media. I’ve had a few accounts but never really used them. As I got older and learned more about the policies effecting the data you share with social media companies, I became more appalled.

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As I started to get into photography, I noticed almost all photographers (and a lot of non-photographers) where using Instagram. I saw a lot of articles online by photographers about how Instagram “made” their career. I checked it out. I am not a lawyer, but I found that their Terms of Use contained a lot of wording that made me apprehensive.

As far as photography goes, here's the part of the Instagram's Terms of Use that I found the most concerning:

"Instagram does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service. Instead, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service..."

- Instagram's Terms of Use (as of 3/4/18)

For me it's not complicated to figure out what that means, but others might differ. However, it's buried halfway down a very long document, and you have to want to find it. Thankfully, a laywer from the Children’s Commissioner for England "rewrote" the Instagram's Terms of Use into plain English that we can all better understand what we're getting ourselves into:

"Officially you own any original pictures and videos you post, but we are allowed to use them, and we can let others use them as well, anywhere around the world. Other people might pay us to use them and we will not pay you for that."

- Growing Up Digital Report (As of 3/4/18)

Pretty scary. I spend my days working very hard to capture compelling, interesting, and beautiful photographs. I am not going to then upload them to a service that owns them and can sell them to whoever they want.

I need something that I can post my images to, but still retain rights and control. My solution came in the form of sms texting. I can still update my followers instantly but without the civil rights and ethical issues of social media. Thus, I have a texting list and you can sign up to stay updated.

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