Thanks a Lot Facebook!

Even if you aren’t a celebrity, you might be having trouble keeping track of your image on the Internet. Is it an unscrupulous advertiser, stealing your image and making it possible for you reap millions of dollars in damages with a right of publicity claim?

Nope. You are not that lucky. You can thank your friends and family and that guy, whose name you don’t remember, from high school. Photos that you never wanted made public are all over Facebook because of them.

Facebook is all the rage now with people who like to share photos. In 2008 there were over 10 billion photos on Facebook. Who knows how many there are now. Thousands more use Facebook Photos than Photobucket and Flickr. In January, there were over 40% more monthly users.

Facebook’s popularity gives it the advantage and makes entering the market by new businesses very difficult. So many people use the site that sharing photos with friends and family is incredibly easy, especially when photos can be shared on Facebook from a cell phone. Some companies have decided to capitalize on Facebook’s advantage. New applications are being created to allow for uploading photos to Facebook, Photobucket, and Flickr. Some people will be relieved by the efficiency of only using one application, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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