Facebook and Photography

Let’s be up-to-the-minute topical again and talk about Facebook. There are a couple of news that are worthy of mentioning.
Has anyone copped on yet, that Facebook recently upped its photographic game again? I am talking about the recent upgrade of its photoviewer. In case you haven’t noticed: The social network has started to display images at high resolution as default. Thus they appear four times bigger than before at a max resolution of 2048 x 2048.
Do you really want to see this crap at highest resolution???
Happy faces all around? No, not necessarily. As (pro) photographers you may actually not want your images to be displayed that big because then they are print-compatible and possibly more open to plagiarism or copyright breach by third parties. On top of that, Facebook still reserves the right to use network members’ images for their own purposes – certainly not something that I particularly like because even as an avid FB user I do not necessarily want to endorse the company…
Somehow, Facebook always gets its default settings wrong. Same with the privacy settings that have everything public by default. In this case: Why not leave the default at a small resolution and give general opt-ins for those who always want to display their images at large resolution?
The company, of course, claims that they chose the highest possible resolution for the default setting because it thereby places even more emphasis on photographic/visual displays and aims to improve the service accordingly. Yeah right – it also means that more high resolution images are at Facebook’s disposal, should they deign to use one – without paying, of course – for their own purposes…
Well, it seems I am merely a little niggle in the big applause that Facebook generates for almost every little fart thing it produces. Apparently the network counts six billion photo uploads per month. For those who are better at visual representation (= photographers) than mere words: that’s images per month. The only consolation: 99,9 percent of those billions of images are complete and utter crap, so it does not matter whether copyrights are protected or not. Ooooh, that’s really cynical…

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