Now, Facebook allows you to view pictures of your friends in a safe manner without having to pretend you’re interested. Sharing photos on Facebook is still with social customs, however. Just because you have the ability to post your vacation photos, family, friends etc.. Doesn’t mean you should. As with anything involving social media, there is a point that prevents someone’s life to stop being nice and start to become unpleasant.
So how do you know if you crossed that line? The beauty of Facebook and most social media networks is that the feedback is instantaneous. You know you’ve gone too far when your friends stop “liking” your photos or if the comments posted have a visible current of hostility.
Do not let Facebook get your feed to this point. Here are some tips on how to effectively share photos without annoying your friends and family:
Less is more: It’s always better to post one outstanding photo than a bunch of mediocre ones. Think of Facebook as a virtual cocktail party: Do you want to be the person who adds to the conversation? Or the one who drearily overshares?
Give some thought to what kind of pictures you post: Quirky shots work well on Facebook, as do photos that show something thought-provoking, unusual, or cute. Or elevate an average iPhone shot with an editing effects program such as Instagram (http://instagr.am/). “It has to be a little bit special for you to post it on Facebook,” says Shirine Saad (www.shirinesaad.com), a New York-based travel and fashion writer who has seen one too many inappropriate pictures. “You can’t post too much. And don’t post about everything is happening”
Use privacy settings: Facebook’s latest privacy tweak allows you select exactly who will see your uploads. Consider creating albums geared toward specific groups of friends. Grandparents may want to see multiple photos of baby’s first trip to the beach, for example, while other can’t see.
Organize your photos: Share your travels with just one or two photos on Facebook. But some destinations the more exotic, the better do deserve their own Facebook album. When creating an album, the rules above still apply: Choose only your most relevant photos and keep the album to a reasonable number. And try to add some context in your captions so people know what they’re looking at.
Consider your reputation (present and future): Unless you’ve done a thorough job of subdividing your Facebook friends into unique privacy categories, think twice about putting up party pictures. You never know when that shot of you enjoying (legal) marijuana in an Amsterdam coffee house will come back to haunt you.
“Don’t post drunken pictures”. You need to think about what kind of impression that people are going to get of you. Decide the kind of person you’re going to portray.
Tag with caution: Likewise, think about your friends’ privacy. Many people use Facebook as an extension of their business these days — and you’re not doing them a service by identifying them in that drunk destination wedding photo. Luckily, Facebook has made it a requirement now for tags to be approved before they go live. Hint: If your friends keep declining to be tagged in your photos, they aren’t happy with the pictures you’re posting.