JPG Magazine closing it’s doors – erg !

JPG was a breakthrough, breakout magazine, and it will be used as a guide and a template for other future initiatives as we go forward into the uncharted territory of this ‘new age’ of photography.

Links to active discussions on and about JPG magazine below the fold.

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JPG mag has come out of the photographic revolution that is happening here and now, where people are discovering photography though the availability of relatively inexpensive digital SLRs and point and shoots.

The ease of use, the low cost of no film, and the advent of ‘web2.0′ photo sharing sites like Flickr – one of the first ‘web2.0′ social networks using the power of server based site apps, is revolutionizing photography.

I have portfolios filled with tear sheets of my published work, and can say without a blink that one of my proudest moments in recent time was when I saw my work published in JPG magazine. Thank you again, JPG staff for being able to be included in a media event of our time, the advent of JPG Magazine !

The Unofficial JPG Magazine Group

The JPG Blog

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Save JPG Magazine! group on FaceBook

An impromptu State of the Web Address by El Zorro

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“We’re experiencing a bit of turbulence from the side-effects of structural limitations inherent in centralized closed source system development model – beyond a point nobody on the outside really knows what is going on inside.”
El Zorro

Now by and large although i’ve never met them personally i believe that the techies working on flickr cal et al are brilliant and wonderful people – particularly the ones who openly give back what they’re learning to the community (ie Link && Link ). before rounding off about a sinister conspiracy theory you must also consider that the problematic these people are dealing with is immense (think : data volumes, storage, servers, real-time distributed databases, massive in memory ram cache, hardware and so on). implementing any new functionality to such a system requires a serious understanding of so much that even with the best due diligence and safety harness there’s always room for the possibility that something is not quite working out the way it was intended (especially if the messages between technical/commerical/executive) get confused in translation / implementation

what the likes of big clustered centralized sites like flickr, facebook, youtube et al are doing has never been attempted before so technically and to an extent ethically (in terms of the socio implications of globalized virtual cross border multi-cultural meme exchange systems) they are exploring the model and (hopefully with our participation) making up the rules as they go. what is important is that the community feedback is consensually applied and not subordinated to any kind of “lets do evil” type strategy.

flickr, i still think you guys are doing a great job which is why i like so many others still love to hang out here and share little reflections from our lives. i know that you listen and from past experience when something makes sense (or not as in the suggestion in this thread) you act.

looking at the wider picture i begin to wonder whether this is actually the way to go – does what we are seeing here mark the beginning of a fragmentation and de-centralization phase along the lines of my personally favored open-source model – that which evolved with bsd / linux and at a higher level of abstraction spawned smtp / web / wiki / bbs – that is to say the technology framework becomes itself collaborative – ie it is open-sourced, becomes in its centralized form completely transparent and is freely distributed to anyone who wishes to host this on their server (on the basis that what they learn and the improvements they make are re-merged in for the good of the whole). with the advent of web2.0 api’s and interconnectedness the distributed model may still come back into vogue once the current regression in a back to the future sense towards the mid/mainframe structure unwinds. think eco-systems of interconnected clusters – all potentially interacting and sending messages to one another in the way that say atoms, molecules or reflected light does. ask yourself why did http/html succeed in creating the current version of the internet we use? ok the trade off is that the single globalised community (photosharing in the case of flickr) fragments and what you get is a vision of networks of individual entities selectively collaborating, coexisting and interconnecting according to their own affinities and blinkering (or wide opening) their particular worldview according to where they are and how they like it.

actually this issue may be more fundamental than what we are seeing here – as i suspect your google search result screenshot alludes – the problem may be wider than we suspect – ie. real time personalized re-writing of your personal view of the internet by the people who know whats best for you – those kind corporate and political entities seeking actively to define and control your flow ™. infowars, firewalls, censorship, filtering, projection, suggestion, brainwashing and mind control – patterns and strategies designed to serve the respective best interests of competing ideological-politico worldviews each seeking to assert itself as the defacto version of reality – whats happening right now in the wider online sphere (or should i say, what could happen) makes orwell’s vision of a nightmarish big-brother future look understated.

personally i think its time to admit defeat and give over the control immediately to the uber-intelligent ai supercomputer intelligence masquerading in its current infantile guise as a harmless bunch of wifi rabbits (www.nabaztag.com). Republished from d_nurv’s stream on Flickr

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SeeMingLee !

“Continuing to push technology’s limitations to solve complex business and design challenges in powerful integrated ways” – SeeMingLee 07

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photo © SeeMingLee

Who is this enigmatic man who seems to be everywhere all at once ? Since one of the main topics of my rather eclectic blog is Flickr, I think there is a good place to start. Link Pictured above is one of his breathtaking photographs of the Manhattan Bridge from his Flickr account, used slightly outside the scope of the Flickr TOS, just to keep you on this page. The hyperlink will take you to his account.

SeeMingLee is spread across a number of the social networks like I am, and I am impressed. He has harnessed the power of possibility, and I hope this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Here is the link that will take you to core of his amazing personal hyperlink universe. Link

Experiment in Social Networking and SEO !

This group is about Links.

Negotiating inbound and reciprocal links to websites, blogs, social networking groups.

A place to meet and fink others who want to have more links to their sites for the benefit of traffic, search engine optimizing, social networking and bringing awareness of the big wide world web to your door.

The benefit of reciprocal and especially inbound links is important. It is 50% of the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) equation.

To understand how important links are to your site, blog or online gallery, download the Google Toolbar and ‘enable page rank’. Then you can look at how your site (or any site you are visiting) ranks relative to Google’s ‘Pange Rank Algorithm’ (Page is a misnomer, it relates to "Larry Page’ of Google and the primary Google Algorithm. Think of the Google Toolbar as a window on Goolge.

This group is as much about exploring SEO as it is about people meeting and exchanging ‘relevant’ links to each other, and finding a way to negotiate the holy grail, ‘Inbound Links’.

Flickr Link Exchange Group

External Link Exchange Group linked to the new Flickr Group

My Statement on my Flickr ‘No Censorship’ post

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Wow ! What fun !

If the subject wasn’t so important, I would say this has become an artists party !

But Flickr’s censorship and the heavy handed and Machiavellian attitude has made the situation both a danger and a public relations disaster !

It has been an experience traveling so quickly around the world to visit many many streams that I would not have ever seen before.

The people of Flickr are an amazing collection of talents and intellects. Please do not leave this community, there is real power here, a strong and growing voice and global network which could change many things by focusing some of the passion of the last week to solve important issues.

The Internet must remain FREE ! There are many powers across the Globe that are threatened by an open World Wide Web. Act locally, think globally, make sure the Internet Backbone in your individual country stays NEUTRAL !

Flcikr’s blunder with Germany is a bad thing, but the new found power as a global community is amazing ! Stick it out with Flickr, and we can grow and learn how to use this power !

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Open letter to Flickr Staff (Stewart & other members)

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Dear All,

First of all, I want to thank you for the wonderful time i have had at flickr the last couple of months. It is an incredible initiative and i can not express the respect I have for you that you have been able to make Flickr such a beautiful place on the web. It is a beautiful gift (i’m not a paying member, yet)
However. Freedom, Freedom of mind, speech and any other form of freedom you can think of, is the greatest gift I have ever received apart maybe from love & life (as difficult as it sometimes is).
The updates so far on the matter concerning Censor ‘problems’ of Germany, Singapore & Hong Kong have not been satisfactory at all. Frankly, they (almost) seem to insult the intelligence of the average flickr member.
Next. The way you have handled the ‘deleting’ of the protest photo’s in explore, without a warning, I find downright outrageous and frankly, a dangerous measure. I can understand where you are coming from to a certain extend, but these kind of reactions (without any form of announcement?!?) make me very uneasy.
I know, I am only one user, but I don’t feel powerless. I am however, concerned, very concerned.
I therefore undertake this (mini) action mainly because I feel it is the only right thing to do. I’m on Flickr strike! Mind you, in general i’m not an activist, or political engaged (not that there is anything wrong with it), but I by now feel too involved to let things ‘just go’.
My biggest hope is that you will be able to find a good solution with the right ethics behind you. As long as you are unable to come up with such a solution, I hope you will be able to communicate your actions, and the reasons why you undertake them, in a more respectful way until this far.

Your’s truly,

Ps Excuse my English or pardon my french, I’m from Holland, so not a native speaker and my spellingchecker doesn’t work….

Joan van Nispen tot Sevenaer (Donjopi3)

feel free to copy this, fav it, or make up your own initiative…

Flickr Censorship in Germany

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The stakes are really not high enough for people really involved with any Flickr community to drop out of Flickr.

It has become like NYC. Sure New York 9 million people, but if you live and work in NYC for any length of time you only really are hanging out with a small subgroup of people that is connected to other small groups.

Over the last couple of years, as Flickr has been toted as one of the key examples of a ‘mature / adult (not porn, not my space)’ example of the Web 2.0 Folksonomy, there have been thousands of of these small groups over users creating groups within groups.

The last round of Censorship in the Flickr Community I jumped in and spent weeks being involved with my little groups, forming ‘Groups’ against the Tyranny of Flickr under Yahoo, yada yada yada. All it did was have people self censor through opt in labels. It got me NIPSA’d for a bunch of my protest images, so I was off Flickr search for almost a year, and I didn’t even have that much ‘naked chic’ pictures, let alone ‘porn’.

People who had meaningful contacts, who likes the ease and use of Flickr, who were involved in discussion on the basis of intelligent aesthetics adapted and stayed. The Hard Core Porn groups, the wife swapping groups, the Mondo Bondo groups, just made themselves “Private” and you had lost of people turning their regular contacts int “Friends’ and “Family”

In the end, at $25. per year, it becomes a moot point. Flickr has great value on a number of different levels and the opportunity to interface with diverse people all over the world on the basis of your snapshots of cats or pussies.

I know that I am coming off like a shameless fanboy here, but I have already been through this battle and I have had to adapt. I have tried Smugmug and all the other ‘photo communities’ and have returned to report that Flickr is unique and powerful enough an experience to just cope with accurately safety tagging my own photos.

Freinds and Other Web 2.0 Things

Some of mu recent blogs and friends across the Web. I have been creating WordPress Blogs with my fiends Mickey and JC. I suppose SEO boils down to a certain amount of shameless self promotion, but that is marketing for ya !

Some of my Faves:

Shhexy Corin Rocks !
Shhexxy Corin On Flickr
Billy Warhol
Church Street Art Blog
Jericho Valley Inn
Kit Latham’s Blog
Kit Latham Photography
Kit Latham on Flickr
POV – IRAQ
Penguins United
SEO / SEM Marketing
Berkshire Web Wizards

Jesus in the land of Goth…

Posted here on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/central/discuss/72157600037961694/page2/#comment72157600040245196

Haiti, Tunisia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Laos, Cambodia, Iran, Lebanon …

I don’t think I need to go any further with this list, you get the picture. We are not what we seem to be on the Internet, and I did many things before I ever picked up a camera.

The drive to find beauty in this life has it’s source in many places in the heart. Often it comes from seeing too many terrible things and a desire to create a visual gratitude list as a reminder of things that are now, not things that were then.

I think you misunderstand me Steve, and for that I must apologize. There are many different worlds in this ‘reality’ of ours, most of the time created in the minds of those that see.

I am not defending child and/or sexual abuse. I only hope in that some day in the future there can be a special Hell on earth that we can send the perpetrators of this type of crime.

This issue is not unfamiliar to me. When I first got out of the service I found work helping a special group within law enforcement to study the issue, and what I learned was far more disconcerting than I would have expected.

AS too ‘DP’ and her “April Fools Day’ mom’s quest for ‘justice’ on Flickr I think we can all agree we have been sucked in to a joke in bad taste at our own expense.

For a lighter subject, check out Google’s new product launch:

Flickr Filtering Trouble…

A response written on Gail Orenstien’s Flickr Blog:

Awesome data, Gail. d_nurv sent me a link to this page and the resulting discussion is also eye opening. I appreciate and understand the issue here.

There are many factors involved, some relative to the ‘walled garden’ approach to internet access, and others to create G rated ‘walled gardens’ Disney’s new website was lambasted by critics uopn it’s recent launch as being too restrictive www.techdirt.com/articles/20070102/113639.shtml
and yet those restrictions designed to make it ‘kid and family’ friendly has created great success.

I think Flickr is trying to search for a system that can allow for both G rating as well as ‘adult’, a difficult proposition in this Wild West of new Social Networking. There are alway going to me those elements that ‘game’ the system.

In any ‘Free’ society, there has to be a balance between ‘Freedom’ and ‘personal responsibily’.I have written and ranted quite a lot over this subject over the last year on Flickr. I was briefly ‘censored’ until I relabled some of my content, and only recently have been un-NIPSA’d, so that my pics can be found in ‘open search’ So I have been there, done that. An aside, I have really been a big fan of your stream, Gail, Kudos !

My attraction to the Flickr community has been because Flickr is an ‘Adult’ community using the nature of attraction based on aesthetics. The interaction has largely been polite, respectful and somewhat empathetic.

The recent discovery of ‘factions’ within Flickr pushing an agenda to sanitize ‘content’, trying to push the direction of ‘acceptable’ Flickr photographs to pics of puppies and flowers is disturbing, to say the least: tarky7.com/

But it is an event that we as a community need to enforce and report abuse to the admins of Flickr like any other abuse. The only way we can keep Flickr and ‘adult’ and ‘open’ community it to be part of it and fight for our rights as hard or harder, giving voice to the ‘rational’.

Jumping ship only means there are less hands left to protect the rights that artists have fought and died for throughout history, namely, the right to free self expression.