Rashid Umar is an online media professional who specializes in web content production, social media marketing, and search engine optimization. You can connect with Rashid via social media or on his personal website at www.rashidumar.com.
If you are a member of the online community, i.e. social networking sites, then there’s a chance that you’ve uploaded pictures or videos of yourself with family and friends or have written a witty status message of your early morning encounter with the mailman.
Question, have you ever wondered if anyone is using your media for reasons other than public view?
Track Where Your Photos and Art Are Posted
Tracking your images and/or art online is simple, that is if you don’t mind doing some work. The webapp TinEye provides a service that allows you to do a reverse image search tracks the media anywhere online. All you have to do is upload the item and search where it appears in the cyber-world. Also, search engine powerhouse Google provides the same service, Search by Image.
Track Your Quotes, Links, and Other Things
Tracking your words or links is a bit more tricky, the best service to use is the automated method Google Alert using your name. This may be more useful if you have a blog.
Track and Find Where Your Videos Are Being Embedded
Tracking where your personally created videos are being used is easy. The two major video platforms, YouTube and Vimeo, allows you to check the media’s views and where they are embedded.
On YouTube, click the account manager name in the right corner, select video manager. Then click the analytics button, to see the stats of viewer traffic. To see where the video is embedded, click analytics button, select Playback locations, then the “Embeded Player on Other Sites” link. Here you’ll see where your video is embedded.
For Vimeo you need a paid Plus membership to see where you videos are embedded. Click Me > My Stats > Advanced stats > Embed. Here you’ll see where your videos have been embedded.
So, there you have it. The next time, or first time, you wonder about where your original content is being used, consider these resources.
By Rashid S. Umar