Wednesday, March 18, 2009

very disillusioned with blogger & google

I still think blogger is a good tool and a wonderful way to record what I am doing and thinking about my photography as I go along. Best part it is free.

However
, trying to maintain a some enthusiasm and pride in what I am doing is becoming very tedious.
  1. I am finding my photos used in a lot of place without any acknowledgement to me, presumably that have been found in google images or flickr. Ok I am putting copyright noticed into many of the likely to be stolen images now, but I would rather trust people just to acknowledge me. I actually like the creative commons approach to sharing.
  2. At least two groups of "camera reviewers" steal my blog posts, copy and paste the lot and repost it as their own in sites. in total. The moral problem here is I am not acknowledged and the sites involved use google's own ad sense, so google is potentially rewarding them for stealing my and many other bloggers work.
  3. I have a very persistent "hacker" automatically posting gibberish Chinese comments as me (they are reported as if they were comments by me, which they are not). They have numerous links in the comments. I haven't checked where the links go and I strongly advise you not to follow any of those links, i'm present certain no good lurks there.
  4. The final staw is, have you ever tried to report any of these or similar problems to google? The silence is deafening.
These are not really problems I should be wasting my time on, or am I naive in thinking they are issues google should be addressing? In the very least I would like someone in google to stop paying those who steal my post and if they want to pay someone give that revenue to charity.
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