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Synching and File Sharing Media

Some social media sites allow you to share media (images, video, audio) with a vast number of people. They allow community members to comment on, forward, rate and tag (apply descriptive words). It is also an easy way to share your work with a larger community and potentially reach a broader audience than that which you already attract.

Sharing your images, videos or audio via the internet is an effortless way to distribute your work around the globe. Keep in mind that (unless you are a new media artist) the media that is posted online is not actually “your work” but rather a representation of your work. It’s like a postcard or radio clip. Posting to media sharing sites encourages others to pass your work on or participate with it – through commenting, tagging, favoriting or responding in other ways.

Some Media Sharing Options

Media Sharing Best Practices

  • Always include titles, descriptions and tags for your work. This ensures that people can actually find your work. Use tags that accurately describe the work, but also remember to describe the work in as many ways as possible. (Include locations, names of people or places, technical details etc).

  • The best methods to share your work in these environments is to include a “Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License.” This is a system of copyright which will allow other others to “remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial reasons, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.” If you do not wish to have your work used in commercial ventures (say, used by a newspaper to illustrate a story or as a website background), then you can use a “Creative Commons Non-Commercial Attribution Share-Alike License.” (This would require that any commercial venture interested in your work would either not consider using your work, or they would contact you to get your approval for the work).

  • Go ahead and share high (or highest available) quality work. Keep in mind that this is, in most cases, not your actual work, but a representation of your work. It is equivalent to handing out postcards of your work or demo cds.

  • Participate in the community, find others work and comment on it or include them in your network.

Resources

[WWW]Creative Commons