Photo: Snow...Can't I Get Some Snow Over Here

Well what do ya wake up on a nice February day in Colorado, look outside and see this. Looks like we should expect about another 10 - 12 inches in the next 24 hours as well. Who is coming over to make snow angels with Jack? :)

As Google+ continues to grow, there is no doubt that the network has seen is fair share of growth in spammers over the last few months. Google however is not one to let this go unnoticed.

A few days ago I noticed a new option in our G+ arsenal to combat spammers. If you are like me, you probably notice a handful of spam comments on nearly all of your public posts. I am pretty religious about marking EVERY spam comment as spam as well as marking the profile of the individual that left the comment as a spammer as well. This helps Google+'s automatic spam detection system work more efficiently. The more spam you mark, the better it gets. These days I rarely have to mark my own spam comments anymore.

If Google+ recognizes a comment as spam it will show up with a grey overlay over the comment in question and you will notice a little hazard sign (triangle with an exclamation point in the middle) in the lower right corner. When you see this, only you and the spammer can see the comment, but no one else. If you move your mouse over this icon you will find a new option: "Remove and block this person". Here you can click on "Report and Block This Person" to report them as a spammer and block them from contacting you in the future. This saves me a few clicks every time this happens, which in turn saves me a lot of time over a given day, week, month and year.
Photo: The truth about life as a photographer

Finally someone was able to explain the reality of being a "photographer".

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Photo: Why timing matters: Social Networks and Photographers

I feel there is a misconception about the importance of timing within the photography industry when looking at developing a social networking / marketing strategy. Most people do not care to accept the truth of "Noise" on social networks. In reality, we are ALL competing for each others attention and nearly all of us feel we have something worth while to share.

One of the ways to maximize the amount of exposure one of your posts has is to publish it at the right time. However looking back on your posts to find the ones that got the most +1s, comments and re-shares is time consuming. This is where +Daniel Treadwell steps in once again. He recently created "Google+ Timing" which pulls all of the data from all of your posts into one easy to understand page. Here you will not only find the best times for you to post on Google+, but the best days. You can then compare your times with some of the more circled individuals on G+ to see what publishing times seem to work the best for them.

Here is a link to my profile on Google+ Timing:

I have also been working with +Daniel Treadwell on Foto Stat ( ...the one stop shop to find all of the statistics on your images across multiple networks, allowing you to better understand when and where your interaction is coming from. He is about to launch a closed beta, so sign up now to be notified!
Photo: Pinterest Changes its TOS to Comply with Photographer Demands

I received an email this morning from Pinterest that focused on the changes to their TOS (Terms of Service). The new changes should ease many photographers minds. Pinterest is a unique "social" sharing service that has the potential to help you drive large amounts of traffic to your website, which in my mind, is a good thing.

Here are some of the updated changes to the TOS:

- Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.

- We updated our Acceptable Use Policy and we will not allow pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse.

- We released simpler tools for anyone to report alleged copyright or trademark infringements.

- Finally, we added language that will pave the way for new features such as a Pinterest API and Private Pinboards.

Understanding the value of "exposure" over protecting ones rights is important, but we live in a very different photography industry today then we did 5 years ago. When you get "advice" on subjects like Pinterest, be sure to take into account the source of that information. Many photographers are still living in the an industry that does not exist any more.

That being said, not every network is for every photographer and not every business model will benefit from focusing on social exposure exposure or web traffic. Find out what works for you.
Colby Brown
The truth about life as a photographer

Finally someone was able to explain the reality of being a "photographer".

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