It’s not like anyone has sent me an invite, but after a very interesting discussion on life in a “filtering bubble” and the ubiquitous nature of Google in our tech lives, I thought this would make for some interesting reading!
Google Plus – Read the Fine Print BEFORE You Sign Up
Google is the company that started out with a simple mission – don’t be evil. I think they meant it when they started. They have grown to be one of the biggest companies on the planet. I am not so sure they remember their original mission. Their image search feature allows them to profit from other people’s work without compensation. Their TOS (terms of service) allows them license to images — that I find concerning. Why am I bringing all this up now?
One of the things that has photographers excited about Google+ is their implantation of photo sharing. They seem to have done a good job of making it easy to share photos. For amateurs with no desire to turn pro or to license their work, this will be attractive.
You need to be aware of what you are giving up if you decide to use Google+ or any other Google service when it comes to your photography. Please read the information contained at this link. http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS