Adam Ryan Lanza Facebook Pages?

Facebook Fan Pages Created without Permission. Image Courtesy of Facebook. Above Promotions Company. Tampa, FL 2012
Facebook Fan Pages Created without Permission. Image Courtesy of Facebook. Above Promotions Company. Tampa, FL 2012
Facebook Fan Pages Created without Permission. Image Courtesy of Facebook. Above Promotions Company. Tampa, FL 2012

It’s been a few days after the Connecticut shooting, but I have to share what I have always thought to be one of the most peculiar things about social media.

For those of you who have created fan pages on Facebook, you know how easy it is to create or add new pages. Becoming an admin to a page of any name you create is pretty easy and doesn’t require much verification in the process. Let’s face it, we need some things to be easy in life, right? However, I never understood why it is so easy or even tolerable for people to create fan pages for people like Adam Lanza. Whether it is to honor the killer or bash them, it seems as though creating these pages can bring no solution to the problem.

Just as after the Aurora, Colorado shooting took place and James Holmes’ Facebook pages popped up, so have ones for Ryan Lanza and Adam Lanza. (Ryan being the name the media first gave to the public immediately following the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut. We’re not even going to focus on the fact that CNN and CBS used the wrong photo. Surprisingly, even CBS continued to use the wrong image during Sunday’s recap of the events that took place.)

At best Facebook allows for fellow users to report a page, however, a reported page doesn’t necessarily mean they will be removed or removed immediately.

Facebook policy for the deceased is as follows:

Memorializing the account:
It is our policy to memorialize the account of a deceased person.

In order to protect the privacy of the deceased person, we cannot provide login information for the account. However, once it has been memorialized, we take measures to secure the account.

If you need to report a timeline to be memorialized, please contact us.

Removing the account:
Verified immediate family members may request the removal of a loved one’s account from the site. 

For their policy on individuals who have lost their mental capacity to cope with issues and shoot others and live to tell the tale, well, Facebook doesn’t have a policy on it just yet. However, we can refer to their policy on creating pages:

You can create and manage a Facebook Page from your personal account. Please note that only the official representative of an organization, business, celebrity or band is permitted to create a Page.

Clearly the pages created under some of the most disliked names of people who have caused tragedy did not authorize others to create the pages you can find on Facebook’s search. But this does show there is a disconnect on how people can impersonate or represent another person on social media.

I’m not writing to start any new policy, but it does lead one to take note if anything should be done over creating unauthorized pages. After reading some of the things posted by others, there are many individuals who do not like the fact these individuals are being featured or idolized after such heinous crimes have been committed.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts below. They may be used for a future article.

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Above Promotions is a full service publicity, marketing and promotions company, founded with the purpose to serve an array of clients that are looking to expand their presence in the marketplace. From a local to international market, Above Promotions Company can provide the exposure that goes above your expectations. Visit http://www.abovepromotions.com today.

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Ebony T. Grimsley is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the recent author of “Because You’re Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation.” To find out more information on the book, please visit http://www.abovepromotions.com or purchase online at Amazon, Booktango and other online bookstores.

Instagram Changes: Stay or Run?

Instagram Changes Stirring Up Users. Photo Courtesy of Billy Alexander. Above Promotions Company Tampa, FL 2012
Instagram Changes Stirring Up Users. Photo Courtesy of Billy Alexander. Above Promotions Company Tampa, FL 2012
Instagram Changes Stirring Up Users. Should you remain a user or run? Photo Courtesy of Billy Alexander. Above Promotions Company Tampa, FL 2012

 

Wow! The internet is seriously buzzing over the upcoming Terms of Use Policy for Instagram becoming effective on January 16, 2013.

Many of you don’t like or fear legal terms so here is the main thing to know about the changes. Of course you should read the entire policy for yourself to ensure you are in agreement with or remain within their policy:

Proprietary Rights in Content on Instagram

  1. Instagram does NOT claim ANY ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, applications, or any other materials (collectively, “Content”) that you post on or through the Instagram Services. By displaying or publishing (“posting”) any Content on or through the Instagram Services, you hereby grant to Instagram a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, worldwide, limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce and translate such Content, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Site in any media formats through any media channels, except Content not shared publicly (“private”) will not be distributed outside the Instagram Services.
  2. Some of the Instagram Services are supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions, and you hereby agree that Instagram may place such advertising and promotions on the Instagram Services or on, about, or in conjunction with your Content. The manner, mode and extent of such advertising and promotions are subject to change without specific notice to you.

 

What I haven’t seen as a definitive answer to the latter part of paragraph one above, is the “private” definition. Does this mean if you make your page private this will protect your content? It’s still a little unclear, but now is the time to figure out what are you ok with sharing if it does not protect your uploaded images.

Now I can go on and on about how many of you already violate their terms with the types of images being posted, shared from their site, etc, but I’m going to keep today’s post short.

There are two things I want to remind every one of when using the internet. Three simple rules. Once you read them, you can then decide on how you want to use any content on the internet and then I’d love to hear your answer on today’s question.

1. Do not put anything on the internet that you do not want shared with the world. And to break down the world, let’s list your parents, employers, neighbors, people in a rural area of a country you will probably never visit.

2. Anything you put on the internet is subjected to being used for another’s persons’ or organizations’ commercial gain. Let’s not forget how the media and even your closest friends share your information outside of what you are sharing to the public for your business or personal use. So have you really lost ownership since you already chance it now?

3. Even if you delete a post or attempt to make it private, servers still maintain the data and other humans have access to do what they wish to it. I’ve seen it time after time with friends that are journalists and people who think their “friends” would never share their personal moments with others. Really think on this for a minute.

 

If you keep these three things in mind, you’ll probably remain calm while using any form of the internet, let alone social media networks – at least for legitimate business purposes. It is important to note and like many corporate lawyers would say, just because the terms are there, does not mean the business will operate in such a manner. It just means in case they do, you were forewarned.

With that said, what has you more mad? Your feeling of not having or maintaining privacy on the world-wide web or not being able to receive any income for someone else using your content for their revenue?

Which makes you more upset? Are you even upset? Would love to hear from Instagram or any social media user. Will you stay or run from Instagram? Your comments may be used for future articles.

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Above Promotions is a full service publicity, marketing and promotions company, founded with the purpose to serve an array of clients that are looking to expand their presence in the marketplace. From a local to international market, Above Promotions Company can provide the exposure that goes above your expectations. Visit http://www.abovepromotions.com today.

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Ebony T. Grimsley is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the recent author of “Because You’re Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation.” To find out more information on the book, please visit http://www.abovepromotions.com or purchase online at Amazon, Booktango and other online bookstores.

 

How Do You Handle Social Media During a National Crisis

Candles to remember the innocent victims of the shootings that occurred in public places in the U.S. in 2012. Photo Courtesy of Irum Shahid. Above Promotions Company, Tampa, FL 2012.
Candles to remember the innocent victims of the shootings that occurred in public places in the U.S. in 2012. Photo Courtesy of Irum Shahid. Above Promotions Company, Tampa, FL 2012.
Candles to remember the innocent victims of the shootings that occurred in public places in the U.S. in 2012. Photo Courtesy of Irum Shahid. Above Promotions Company, Tampa, FL 2012.

It can easily be said that the public shootings of innocent people from Colorado to Connecticut and places in between, have been moments we will never forget. As fellow humans we immediately begin to feel sorrow for those involved. In many cases, the tragedies force you to stop and reflect on the value of life and the importance of mental health. For some, it even involves taking a look at the gun laws in the U.S. But as a business owner, marketing coordinator or social media manager, during these types of tragedies, do you rethink how or when you address your fans or the public on social media?

As the story continues to unfold over the shooter, his motives, the lives taken away at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and even gun laws, I cannot help but wonder, do business owners and organization leaders make any exception to their social media posts during times of tragedy? Are your fans turning to a retailer or a news media outlet when issues of this scale occur? I guess my question boils down to what is or is not appropriate to say or share on social media during times of a national crisis?

About.com says traditional media is a one-way street, while social media is a two-way street. If you’re talking about your event, your product or service while everyone else on your social media feed is discussing the crisis, do you think your posts will be reflected on as being a relevant two-way street?

So, as to not appear as I have all of the answers, I would like to pose the following questions for dialogue on this topic.

  1. Do you stop and rescheduled programmed updates?
  2. Do you think your updates have the same effect during a tragedy if they do not involve the tragedy?
  3. If you program your updates, do you check to ensure they are in-time with current events or thoughts of your targeted audience?
  4. Will your organization be hurt if you withhold non-crisis related posts for 4 or even up to 24 hours?
  5. Do you even acknowledge national tragedies?
  6. Is it better to pause and acknowledge the tragedy and post as normal?
  7. Do you evaluate all posts that are scheduled to ensure they do not offend anyone?

I will provide my personal professional opinion and one shared with my clients and the answers to these questions as we discuss this topic. I do believe that if you communicate a message of being for the people and concerned about the people in your overall branding message, you must be sensitive to the people. You cannot say, you are the source people turn to and then ignore the fact your topic is not relevant during such a time. For some industries, this is more of a guideline, for example, if you are a business that contracts to the government, it wouldn’t matter as much.

Also, always keep in mind how relative your posts are to your audience and the timing of them. Even if you’re hosting the best event or sale of the year, if tragedy strikes, these things can appear as insensitive or just not needed at the moment, but ok after a short period of time.

Again, I would love to hear your answers on the questions above. Your response may be featured in a future article.

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Above Promotions is a full service publicity, marketing and promotions company, founded with the purpose to serve an array of clients that are looking to expand their presence in the marketplace. From a local to international market, Above Promotions Company can provide the exposure that goes above your expectations. Visit http://www.abovepromotions.com today.

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Ebony T. Grimsley is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the recent author of “Because You’re Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation.” To find out more information on the book, please visit http://www.abovepromotions.com or purchase online at Amazon, Booktango and other online bookstores.