Sharing photo’s and images is hugely popular on Facebook as we all know. Inspirational quotes, photographs, funny jokes, silly cats … you can’t get away from them on Facebook.
But when it comes to your Business Page, are you sharing correctly and respectfully?
I see SO many Pages sharing incorrectly, and as my pet peeve, I find it my civil duty to educate the world about this issue.
Here’s the breakdown:
1) Have you created an image yourself? Then post it as your own, obviously.
2) Did you DOWNLOAD or SAVE an image from someone else and then upload it to your page yourself? NOT COOL. You should never be downloading images to your own computer for copyright reasons. You should be hitting the “SHARE” link on the image instead.
WHY does this even matter, you ask?
People spend time and energy creating images, usually with their own watermark, and for someone to upload it directly makes it look like it’s their own image. Artists need to be credited properly. You wouldn’t share a Picasso painting and say it was yours, would you? You really don’t want to piss off an artist. Besides, it’s easier to SHARE than it is to download it, find where you saved it, then re-upload it anyhow.
HOW to share correctly:
See an image on Facebook that you like? Click on it. It will look something like this (from my friend Kelli):
See that place on the bottom of the text (to the right of the image) it says in blue “Like – Comment – Share”?
A new window pops up for you to share it to your personal profile or your Page.
When it’s shared on your Page/Profile, it should say, “YOU/Your Biz Page shared Crystalline Light’s photo”.
Most people creating images or photo’s with text will also be adding their own watermark or copyright, which is a text or symbol or website address that clearly states who created the image. This is copyright infringement if you attempt to share the image as your own. (Duh.)
Does that make sense?
It’s important stuff to know, really, it is. It makes for respectful and honoring sharing of beauty and inspiration. No one likes getting ripped off.
If you want more specifics about all this info, my sweet friend Laurel created a video about the same topic, that you can view here.
Now go share something beautiful.