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by Art Fag City on July 26, 2007 · 5 comments Fresh Links!

Free Gift Economy – a photoset on Flickr

Marisa Olson has compiled a collection of free gifts for facebook (and where ever else you might use these images.) One thing I like about Facebook is it literalises the idea that imagery/iconography is a gift to the viewer. Related:  A flawed but interesting essay none the less:  The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagerism.  By Jonathon Letham

  • http://www.marisaolson.com marisa

    Hey, thanks for the shout-out, Paddy. I’m definitely interested in the context of these being lifted.’ I posted a link to one on a friend’s Facebook page (a link because, unlike Myspace, FB doesn’t allow the embedding of images, which is one of the major losses that concerned me here), and his response was “Nice. ;) A dollar for a JPEG? What are they smoking?” Though I kind of agree that it’s absurd, I don’t want to begrudge anyone the making of a buck. However, it’s worth pointing out that these images don’t circulate like JPGs or GIFs. I had to pull all of these in carefully-carved screen-grabs because Facebook doesn’t allow one to see and copy the code for these images. So they are not hotlinkable. Until now! :) And I love the idea of them having a life on MySpace, or other sites. Or even offline! Sharing and exchange are such a huge part of the way that I and the members of my personal “social network” (p.k.a. friends) experience the net. The economy for Facebook’s gifts didn’t reflect that, so I thought I’d facilitate it.

  • http://www.marisaolson.com marisa

    Hey, thanks for the shout-out, Paddy. I’m definitely interested in the context of these being lifted.’ I posted a link to one on a friend’s Facebook page (a link because, unlike Myspace, FB doesn’t allow the embedding of images, which is one of the major losses that concerned me here), and his response was “Nice. ;) A dollar for a JPEG? What are they smoking?” Though I kind of agree that it’s absurd, I don’t want to begrudge anyone the making of a buck. However, it’s worth pointing out that these images don’t circulate like JPGs or GIFs. I had to pull all of these in carefully-carved screen-grabs because Facebook doesn’t allow one to see and copy the code for these images. So they are not hotlinkable. Until now! :) And I love the idea of them having a life on MySpace, or other sites. Or even offline! Sharing and exchange are such a huge part of the way that I and the members of my personal “social network” (p.k.a. friends) experience the net. The economy for Facebook’s gifts didn’t reflect that, so I thought I’d facilitate it.

  • Art Fag City

    Facebook is really annoying that way – it’s very expensive to send a gift to your friends that anywhere else would be free. I love art I’ll get to use!

  • Art Fag City

    Facebook is really annoying that way – it’s very expensive to send a gift to your friends that anywhere else would be free. I love art I’ll get to use!

  • Art Fag City

    Facebook is really annoying that way – it’s very expensive to send a gift to your friends that anywhere else would be free. I love art I’ll get to use!

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