Twitter is my favorite social media platform. It’s so powerful, and is a never ending stream of information, knowledge, and memes.
People share everything on Twitter – from their favorite blogs to how they feel about the Packers’ loss (happy, by the way!). And it’s all done in just one sentence. 140 characters or less, to be exact.
Did you know that even one sentence when broadcasted on a place like Twitter can leave you in desperate need of a lawyer?
I have been researching this subject for a while now.
I’m not a lawyer – it just fascinates me. This post should not be considered as legal advice, but I do recommend that you take note of what I call “The 7 most common ‘Twitfalls’”. (That’s Twitter + pitfall, by the way. Cute, right? I know. Anyway, let’s get started!)
1. Sharing An Image You Have Not Paid For
I’m sure you’ve heard that using photos on Twitter is the easiest way to drive clicks and engagement up.
But the photos you choose to share on your Twitter account can get you into big, expensive troubles – if you’re not cautious.
Recent statistics show that over 85% of the photos used online are subject to copyright infringement.
If you use someone else’s photos online without permission, the owner can sue you and demand a statutory damages award in a sum of $750-$30,000 – without proving any damages.
So next time you see a pretty photo on Google images, ask yourself: “Is using this for Twitter worth a $30,000 penalty?”
With so many free or cheap resources for licensed photography, you really have no excuses for stealing images.
My personal favorite resources include:
UnSplash – free high-resolution photography for any commercial use
Canva – stock photography starting at $1 per photo.
DepositPhotos – my go-to stock photography website.