Thursday, March 22, 2012

Guidelines for Posting Pictures to Facebook

Whether there is a written rule about it or not, to me there should be some clear guidelines for posting pictures to Facebook. I'm not talking about who can and can't post pictures but rather I'm thinking that someone who is fairly tech savvy needs to come up with an app that tells people which of their pictures are worth posting and which of them are pure crap! 

I love looking through other people's pics - I'm not a stalker by trade, but I do like to comment and 'like' some of the fun pictures that people in my circle post.  However, what I really get annoyed at is people who come home from an outing or trip and basically just dump their memory card into a Facebook album and hit share. I'm talking 160 photos to an album when maybe 30 to 35 photos are actually half decent shots that tell the complete story of the event.

People - no one wants to see the five or nine takes you went through to get ONE great shot of your kids, pets, or backyard adventure.  And frankly, we you have to click through the outtakes it takes away from that one shot that actually is half decent.

My tips or guidelines for posting pics to Facebook are as follows:

1. Less is more. Nobody wants to see the 'I almost got the shot' photos, show us the real deal or show one of the lead up shots that might illustrate what you went through to get the great shot but leave the almost great photos on your hard drive, not your Facebook account.

2. Flag the best ones (either in iPhoto or in a separate folder on your desktop) and then share only those ones that you consider good or great.

3. Don't be scared of a little editing, there is lots of great free software out there can help you touch up photos that may be a little over exposed, or under processed. You don't have to be a graphic designer or a photographer extraordinaire to play around with your images just a little.

4. It's never too late to post pictures... so take your time and go through your pictures and delete the ones that aren't focused or that you wouldn't bother printing for an album. The ones that are left are probably the ones worth sharing on Facebook.

To me, using some or all of these guidelines will go a long way in helping you preserve the best memories of your friends and family, because the pictures that you and your circle of friends will look back one in a few months/years will be the BEST ones.

My advice only, take it or leave it, but if you leave it, know that I am judging you just a smidge the next time I see a photo dump on FB!
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Anonymous said...

People use facebook as a tool also to keep in contact with friends and family that do not live near them. These people want to see ALL the pictures so if you don't want to look DON'T........ As far as you judging. Who Cares????? Maybe you should unfriend these people if all you can do is make comments about their posts. Consider youself unfriended

Stephen said...

This post makes me laugh because this is so my sister. She always does this and I tell her, no one wants to see your 250 pictures from Mexico. We joke about it all the time.

Everyone is different I guess and uses FB for different reasons (not always the right reasons), but glad I can tell her now that someone else is judging her too.

PS. Emery is ready for kindergarten already? He has grown up so fast. Great job you are doing with both your boys.

Mary said...

I like it when people post pictures but I agree, don't share every single picture that was taken on your camera.

That's bad facebook etiquette in my opinion.

I like your guideline 'less is more', and I would even add and accept that a few bad pictures are fine to upload if that is all you have and you want to illustrate something you've done with your family and friends, but let's keep it to a minimum.

Good post!

Kim said...

Wow - someone defriended you over this post? That is a bit extreme.

I didn't think you were commenting on a particular post, and I got your humour, just a smidge, but I guess 'Anonymous' took this one to heart.

I'm guessing you weren't that good of friends anyways!

Love your blog SC, keep up the great writing.

Chris said...

I would totally buy the app you are referring to. Here's my memory card, start the app - 14 of 125 pics are good quality - share.


SC said...

Thank you for all the comments. Every blogger loves comments, good or bad.

This is probably the 4th negative comment I've received in 6 years of blogging and of course its from an 'Anonymous' reader who felt passionate enough to take action.

I'm guessing this post struck a cord with you, but obviously there's more to it than that. You've felt the need to defriend me, and whether you did that or not, I know you will continue to visit my blog as a semi-anonymous reader because you have an interest in my writing and my life (hello to you in Richmond, Virgina tonight).

This post wasn't directed at one specific person, I was speaking in generalities. Thank you to those readers and tweeters who got the post, for what it was... an observation and opinion piece, not the bible.

You don't have to always agree with me, but as an example for ourselves and others, I think there are more constructive ways to communicate criticism or a difference of opinion then firing from the hip with your 'anonymous' nasty comment.

Thank you for the other lighter comments, I may just start developing that app after all!

Darcy Wall said...

Once again I feel compelled to call out to "anonymous". I understand that it's painful to see that not everyone wants to look at all 850 pictures of your family camping trip. You are probably one of those people who also thinks that you should put a picture of your kids urine in the potty when they go or that nasty scab that just wont fall off. I'm guessing you also post anything you perceive as bad news so people will feel sorry for you and write it on your wall.
My point is this. You are a loser. If you are going to attack someone, have the "stones" to attach your name. I don't think Sara is going to lose any sleep over her friends going from 300 to 299 because of your childish tantrums.
By the way, my name is Darcy Wall.