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Month May 2010

Facebook: To like or not to like?

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about Facebook’s “Like” button and how it seems to have so quickly become a big part part of my online life. With every photo, link, or news story there’s this innocent looking white hand and blue sleeve calling out for interaction.

The thumb seems to be here to stay too. Within a week of Facebook announcing the “Like” button’s availability, 50,000 websites added the functionality to their sites. Many however aren’t fans and have criticized Facebook’s reach and management of our collective privacy.

So is the ‘Like” button harmless? Is Facebook too powerful?

While I personally have mixed feelings about riding the thumb wave, I thought I’d try to consider things further by re-imagining the omnipresent white hand through a photograph. With some theatrical paint and a piece of rolled up blue paper for a sleeve, I shot this on Friday. I figured it might have some stock use too.

The question is still open though. What do you think? Do you like or not like?

We have a winner and a daring photo subject.

A few weeks ago I had this idea to reach out through the interwebs to find a daring photography subject that would be willing to help me test out some new lighting gear. After announcing the drawing on my Facebook like page, on Twitter and on the blog, I got around 22 entries. All in all, a fun approach to connecting with folks.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to throw their name in the hat. I very much appreciate it. Also, If you have any ideas for how to approach/stage my shoot with the winner, please post in the comments below.

And the winner is…

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