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Having kids is one big photo opportunity!
But there’s a certain irony to the ease with which we can visually record moments in our lives, yet fail to share them with the people who really count.
Yes, we obsessively scatter our snaps across Facebook, Instagram and wherever, but that doesn’t mean Grandma and Grandpa or Great Auntie Doris get to see them.
Even though they are the people who will treasure them most!
Time For Change?
Maybe it’s time to stop and think about with whom we’re really sharing the snapshots of our lives? Is it our families, our partners, our closest friends? Or is it whoever happens to be on the same social media networks as us?
And when we do share our precious moments, who is really seeing them?
A certain social network’s algorithm is now so geared to ‘shareable’ content that simple family shots are low down on the share list, with comedy cat viral clips and assorted other crud taking priority share of our bandwidth.
It’s dawning on me that we’ve made a Faustian pact with the clutter of social media networks and we’re only now realising that we gave up our privacy so we could connect with our friends, but also with people we may barely know!
Ok With The Kids?
And are we entirely comfortable with what we’re sharing? Are we confident that when our children are grown-up, they will be happy to see their entire childhood splashed haphazardly around the digital world?
What kind of example are we setting tomorrow’s adults about how to discern what they share with the rest of the world?
In a world where ‘please don’t share images from this wedding / Christening / funeral on social media’ copy is starting to appear on order of service sheets, is it time to take stock and rethink about how we curate and share the visual memories of our live?
A New Private Way Of Sharing
We think we’ve found a great way to share photos privately in a fab new FREE app Togethera.
Our daughters have been using it to share fun photos and videos with their grandparents, including lots of cheeky pics of grandma 🙂
And we’ve been using it to share pics from play dates … that we would never put on Facebook … with other mums!
We love the easy privacy that means only the people who really matter see our photos.
And the super simple interface is easy for older generations to get the hang of and is beautifully clutter free …
no more wading through random shares about performing cats!
To get your close family and friends using it you just invite them via e-mail or text message (you can’t search for people as it really is just for the people you really care about).
You can create different groups so you can share different photos with different people. We have one for the family and then separate ones for the mum’s of each of my daughter’s closest friends. These let us easily share play date pics with just that mum.
I’ve actually ended up back dating old play date pics as it just provides such a lovely story board of these best friends growing up together.
Share Your Thoughts
The topic of sharing photos and videos is a hot one right now, what are your thoughts on how, what and when to share? What photos and videos do you share? Have you ever had someone share images of you and your family that you didn’t want them to?
Do let us know about your experiences and concerns, we’re sure to be covering this topic again in the future.
Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Togethera