Christmas is a time for sharing

December 18, 2012 in Comment, General, News

We are taught that Christmas is a time for sharing and this habit has been institutionalised with the gifts of the social media.

If you will forgive the spirit of “Bah humbug’”, we spotted a revealing story about what social-media sharing can mean for those image makers who choose to use such free services.

The picture-sharing monster Facebook purchased Instagram, a popular and growing image-sharing site, for $375 million earlier this year and has just announced a significant change to its terms for its more than 7 million daily users.

© Len Hawkins @

© Len Hawkins @

There’s a lively online reaction, largely against the changed terms of service, but the proof of this change will be in the future of online picture sharing and Facebook’s attempts to make money from what used to be other people’s pictures.

Scrooge and others say be careful what you share and who you share it with. If you have a view, please do, er, feel free to share it in the comments below.

Updated: 19th December 2012 Instagram/Facebook have responded to the global concern about their change of terms and you can read that response here.

5 responses to Christmas is a time for sharing

  1. Yes, I’ve always, unwisely posted my cartoons on facebook and found it a useful filter as friends and “friends” would correct my spelling and sometimes (very rarely) offer an even better joke. I’d better stop doing this. Guy

  2. Guy, do you upload your files to the Facebook servers or just link to them from your own site. I think it’s an important distinction to, er, draw for the legalities.

  3. “Facebook causes more trouble than its worth” Discuss

  4. seems like everyone agrees, Bill.

  5. …or they’re waiting in their bunkers for the End and can’t be arsed to reply. 

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