Today I was part of a roundtable discussion about social media’s impact on storytelling with brilliant social media strategist Rohit Bargava, the amazingly talented musician Daria Musk, founder of Future of StoryTelling Charles Melcher, and storytelling expert (she wrote the book) Annette Simmons. Watch above and be sure to attend the Future of StoryTelling event in NY on October 3, 2013.
Welp, I finally figured it out.
Step 1: Right-click on the Chrome omnibox and select “and select “Edit Search Engines…” (or go to Preferences > Manage Search Engines).
Step 2: In the “Other Search Engines” section fill in “Twitter User” in the “Add a new search engine” field, “@” in the “Keyword” field, and “https://twitter.com/search/users?q=%s” in the “URL with %s” in place” field. Click “Done”.
Step 3: Start searching. Simply type “@” with a space after it, and your omnibox will turn into a Twitter User search box.
Step 4: Profit.
I urge you to visit demandaplan.org, and take some simple steps that will have great impact.
This full-page ad is running in todays NY Times, page A9. Thanks to Ken Lerer, Ron Conway, Eric Hippeau, and Fred Wilson for making this happen.
Please also take a moment to read Fred Wilson’s blog post today.
This happens every time.
People freak out. Threaten to quit. Write manifestos.
People go back to normal.
That’s because every time it happens, it’s not as big of a deal as people make it out to be.
Here’s a caveat: I’m not a lawyer. But what I’m getting from all of this is that the common thread with all platforms that make a change like this is this: The granting of a “non-exclusive license”, which is meant to give a social platform the right to hold your content on their servers, and then serve it to other people — in accordance with your privacy preferences, of course. It’s a form of “temporary ownership” or “temporary transference of rights” that Instagram legally needs to serve something you created.
Not to sell your photos.
Rather, they want to use your use of their (free) service to sell ads that will be seen by the right “you”s.
The quote from this Lifehacker piece in 2010 is pretty spot on: “if you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold”. It’s YOU. Not your photos.
Instagram is selling you. Ironically, people seem to be more ok with that.
So while, yes, the legalese could probably technically be interpreted to grant Instagram the right to sell your stuff directly, my hunch is that just as Facebook did, they will issue a clarifying statement.
Is this the new “think different”?
We’re the people with the smile on the box. We’re the re-inventors of normal. We dream of making things that change your life, then disappear into your everyday. And when we build you something new, you can expect everything to change a little more. Look around. What once seemed wildly impractical is now completely normal. And “normal” just begs to be messed with.