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[NON BLOG] Me and mustaches and social media

Yesterday morning, I had a bit of fun. While I was shaving, I decided to play with a mustache for a bit. I’ve almost always fluctuated directly between having a full beard and having no facial hair at all. On a couple of times, I’ve played with a goatee. But a mustache is something I’ve never done, at least partly because of the intense reactions it has gotten from others. I wondered: What would happen if I did that now? So, I took a selfie of myself with a mustache, went to shave it off, and then took a selfie of me without.

Me, with and without mustache

I posted the two photos, with and without, on Instagram. I’d also taken care to crosspost them to Facebook, with and without. The photos also made it to Flickr, too, with and without. (They made it to Twitter and Tumblr, too.)

The reactions I got were very interesting. The reactions, as I noted, were intense; I got not a few GIF responses. On Facebook, a notable majority of people seemed to be hostile to the mustache, even intensely so. On Instagram, as one friend pointed out, the reactions went the other way; my mustache photo got nearly twice as many likes as my non-mustache photo, and the comments were accordingly more enthusiastic.

What was going on? I might speculate that my Facebook friends tend to be people I know relatively well, even having real-life relationships with them, while many of my Instagram friends are more random additions. Was it a matter of people with relatively little attachment to me being interested to see what I might do? I wonder.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 2, 2019 at 10:45 pm

[PHOTO] Five links about photography: seeing, selfies, Village Voice, Flickr and archives

  • Van Waffle wrote late last year about the ways we see with and without cameras.
  • This article in The Atlantic noting how iPhone selfies do not actually accurately represent one’s face is disturbing in a few ways.
  • CityLab noted the importance of the shuttered Village Voice in promoting photojournalism in New York City.
  • Apparently hundreds of people have died around the world as a result of misadventures while taking selfies, VICE reported.
  • This Slate article is entirely right in noting, with Flickr’s conversion to a paid model and the mass deletion of photos of non-paying users, that counting on the online world to back up photos (or other data) is a mistake.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 6, 2019 at 10:30 pm

[PHOTO] Five photography links: Flickr, Kodak vs Fujifilm, landscapes, macro, future

  • Peter Bright at Ars Technica notes the potential negative import of the decision of Flickr to limit free accounts to one thousand photos. What will happen to those accounts like my own which exceed that limit? I’ll be making hard decisions this month.
  • This Petapixel essay takes a look at why front-running film firm Kodak failed to adapt to the digital era while runner-up Fujifilm survived.
  • This ScienceDaily article notes, via the choice of photos uploaded to online photo accounts, the importance of landscapes in the human imagination.
  • At Speed River Journal, Van Waffle talks about the benefits of macrophotography, of extreme close-ups, and of curiosity about the workings of the world.
  • This Sean O’Hagan article at The Guardian taking a look at the mutations of photography in the Instagram era, who artists are interrogating the technology and the social conventions of the genre, is fascinating.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 2, 2018 at 9:00 pm

[PHOTO] Five photo links: Flickr, Instagram, cities, Tom Saint CLair, Peter Hujar

  • Gizmodo has a perhaps unduly pessimistic take on the purchase of Flickr by SmugMug. I use Flickr regularly; I wish it luck.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about her use of Instagram, and about what she sees as the site’s good and bad sides.
  • CityLab considers the impact of Instagram, and social networking-driven photography, on the identities and representations of cities.
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at the photography of Tom Saint Clair. (NSFW.)
  • Towleroad highlights a showing of the photography of Peter Hujar in New York City that I wish I could attend.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 21, 2018 at 10:30 pm

[PHOTO] Rosedale, for Flickr’s Your Best Shot 2017

Rosedale #toronto #rosedale #ttc #subway

After due consideration, I selected the above photo–“Rosedale”, shared by me on my blog in August in the post “Rosedale in evening”–as my submission to Flickr’s Your Best Shot 2017. I liked the shot’s composition and the colour, and so did Flickr. So: here it is.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 31, 2017 at 8:00 am

Posted in Photo, Toronto

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[FORUM] What social networking sites are you active on?

Two weekends ago, I had to reset the passwords on my different social networks. My E-mail had somehow become compromised, and my Facebook was briefly used to post spam in a single discussion group, so everything had to be changed, immediately.

I had to go to Facebook; I had to go to Livejournal, that site that started everything; Google+ and my linked accounts at Blogger and YouTube had to go; Tumblr was followed by Instagram and then by Flickr; my Twitter and LinkedIn, more peripheral than not, had to be changed. Even the Dreamwidth that is basically a backup for Livejournal, and the other sites (Quora, Goodreads, Yelp) that are functionally closely linked to Facebook, had to be changed.

What about you? Where are you active?

Written by Randy McDonald

October 2, 2016 at 11:59 pm

[PHOTO] On the alleged Flickr crisis

I’m a heavy user of Flickr, my account hosting no fewer than 4,827 photos as of this moment. For just over a decade, it has been a site that has worked quite well for me. Then, yesterday, I saw this Wired article appear on my feed.

Just shy of a year ago, Flickr started offering 1,000 gigs of free storage to every user, along with an automatic uploader tool that would help you take every photo from your computer, your external drives, and SD cards, and dump them into one place. Flickr’s search engine was good, the new universal Camera Roll interface was great, and Flickr suddenly seemed to have a chance as a permanent archive of all of our photos. But then, this morning, Flickr announced that once again its best tools will only be available to paying users. It’s time to call it: Flickr is dead. Over. Kaput. In the search for a few more people willing to fork over $35 a year to fund more purple offices, Yahoo has killed its photo service.

Today’s announcements really only include one change of consequence: The desktop Auto-Uploadr tool is now reserved only for Pro users. That means there’s no easy way to upload big batches of photos all at once, into the same place, unless you’re a Pro member. The move feels a bit like ransomware, Yahoo forcing people who’ve already bought into the idea of Flickr as a permanent backup to start paying for the privilege. And it kills the notion that Flickr can be a useful, simple, automatic way to keep all your photos backed up in one place.

The Next Web’s Amanda Connolly was not the only person to see this as cause to switch to Google Photos.

Where to go next? Well, I had always championed Flickr above Google Photos because of its ease of use, Magic View and search functionalities but now the latter seems like the next best option.

My colleague, Owen Williams, has said he is “totally and irrationally in love with Google Photos,” so now is definitely the right time to check it out.

Google Photos offers everything you can get from Flickr and it’s free, so that’s a bonus. It also has some quirky features, like automatically making GIFs from your images, as well as slideshows set to music from groups of photos around specific events, like New Year’s Eve or weddings.

Its search function is up to scratch as well, allowing you to search for pretty much anything, like ‘dogs’ or ‘beach’ and providing you with accurate results. There’s one caveat though, Google Photos only offers facial recognition in the US yet, so you’ll need to use a VPN to enable that right now. It is something that I’d expect to see rolled out globally in the near future.

Wired‘s Molly McHugh went on to explain to people how to offload their photos from Flickr to whatever destination.

I’m not sure what to think about all this anger. Yes, it probably is a good idea to create an online backup of my Flickr account. I may do that tonight. From my perspective, Auto-Uploadr was a hindrance, a feature that I could not turn off on my smartphone but instead just automatically uploaded even my rawest and worst photos to Flickr. It, in fact, is the reason I never used the Flickr app. So long as I can continue to upload my photos with a touch of a screen, and download them at will with their meta data intact, I really don’t see a problem.

What am I missing?

Written by Randy McDonald

March 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm