social media

In which John Green is Awesome

“Adult librarians are like lazy bakers: their patrons want a jelly doughnut, so they give them a jelly doughnut. Children’s librarians are ambitious bakers: ‘You like the jelly doughnut? I’ll get you a jelly doughnut. But you should try my cruller, too. My cruller is gonna blow your mind, kid.” –John Green

I was talking with some friends about social media guru’s (specifically Wil Wheaton, as I just finished watching The Guild– long story) and one of the people who I think should be mentioned is John Green. Caveat- I haven’t actually read any of his very popular and well respected books, however I have been a huge follower of his many video blogs and mental floss work.

His social media work is relevant to libraries, as he promotes literature (he is an author after all) and lifelong learning through the type of video blogging that he does, which is educational in nature. He’s also spend some time thinking about copyright (see video below) and defending libraries vis-à-vis copyright. So I encourage you to check out his social media work in addition to his novels and I think it’s worth considering whether libraries can get in on social media to encourage lifelong learning in a similar way.


Getty images allowing photo sharing

I just saw this article about Getty images opening up use of their photos for social media. My first thought was that this is fantastic news. It’s great to have a source of images you can use without worrying about copyright. Its sharing software will even embed the photo credits. But then I saw this:

“According to Getty’s terms, the agency or a party on its behalf may one day collect data related to the use of its embedded viewer and content. It may also one day place advertisements within or use another way to make money off the service.”

Now I’m suspicious. It’s not that I don’t think they should make money off their own images, but if I used their images in a blog post and then in two weeks those images turned into fast food advertising, I would not be impressed. It’s not like they are running out of funds, the company was worth 3.3 billion last year.

It’s also interesting to see how other news agencies interpret this move. Just look at the titles of these articles from yesterday:

Since It Can’t Sue Us All, Getty Images Embraces Embedded Photos

Getty Images makes 35 million images free in fight against copyright infringement

Certainly a different spin in each of these articles.

I’m curious to see what the implications of this will be in the long run.