Reclaim Blogging: Giving up Twitter and Facebook

Earlier today I told everybody on Twitter and Facebook, that I’m leaving Twitter and Facebook.

Why?

Because Facebook and Twitter are too easy. Keeping up a decent blog that people actually want to take the time to read, that’s much harder. And it’s the hard stuff that pays off in the end.

Besides, even if they’re very good at hiding the fact, over on Twitter and Facebook, it’s not your content, it’s their content.

The content on your blog, however, belongs to you, and you alone. People come to your online home, to hear what you have to say, not to hear what everybody else has to say. This sense of personal sovereignty is important.

Hugh Macleod of Gaping Void (with emphasis from me) on why he’s giving up Twitter and Facebook. The permalink from his post says it even more succinctly, “its-not-my-content”.

Owning Your Own Content

A reminder of why you should be posting your photos to your blog and then pushing them out to Twitter, Facebook, etc. rather than posting them to services like, well, Twitpic.

World Entertainment News Network, a news and photo agency, announced this month that it had become the “exclusive photo agency partner” of Twitpic, a service with over 20 million registered users that allows people to upload images and link to them on Twitter. The deal allows the agency to sell images posted on Twitpic for publication, and to pursue legal action against those who use such images commercially without its permission, according to the agency.

via Fine Print Blurs Who’s in Control of Online Photos – NYTimes.com.