Whether you're a blogger jazzing up your home page, a business setting up their website, or an organization posting on your Facebook page, this same question is bound to come up at one point or another throughout your social networking:
Am I allowed to use that?
If you haven't asked yourself this yet, I suggest that after reading through this, you go back and double-check your past work, but we'll get to "why" in a moment.
When I say "that," what am I referring to? In this case, I'm talking about pictures, but the same question can come up for quotes, copyrighted written material, articles, music, giveaway procedures, etc.
We live in a generation where a picture is now not only worth a thousand words, but it's also worth a click, a few +1's on Google+, a dozen likes on Facebook, some retweets, re-pins, and ultimately whether or not you reach your audience efficiently.