This is part four of an ongoing GirlGuidesCANblog series to provide GGC Members, volunteers, and parents with a better understanding of social media issues and best practices:
Part 1: GGC’s online strategy
Part 2: Girl Guides Online…Now and Forever
Part 3: Guiding Principles for Facebook
Part 4: Pictures Say a Thousand Words… and Then Some
Part 5: Girl Guide Tweets and Tweeps
Part 6: Guiding Online Searches
Photo sharing* is part and parcel of everything online. Your profile photo on LinkedIn speaks volumes to potential employers. Your profile picture on Facebook shows your friends what you’ve been up to since you last saw them at your high school reunion. And Flickr photos can share an entire summer vacation experience – all with little or no words.
With an increase in the photo taking-and-sharing capabilities of mobile phones, photo sharing is as easy as 1-2-3-cheese. I myself am a big fan of Twitpic, a website that allows users to easily post pictures to Twitter. It builds context for those really short 140 character messages. However, when sharing photos in this manner, you should try to remember that while you may want people to view the recently uploaded campfire photo you took while camping, photo sharing sites enable anyone to access photos that you previously posted to that same website. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received fantastic photos on Twitter from Members, but decided not to share further because personal, family and kid photos were viewable in the same stream from uploads done months earlier!
Solution: Think about the long-forgotten photos before you share new ones.
By Talya, GGC staff
*All photos shared by GGC Members online or in print should only include girls whose parents have signed an IR1 form.
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Twitpic is now selling your photos you post with them… so I would be cautious about using that as site for photo sharing.
A good tip I like to do when taking Girl’s picture – is to not have their faces in the picutre….. it’s amazing the angle you can get without having to have their faces!