A Guide To Uploading And Using Photos on Facebook

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No social network is complete without support of multimedia content. Photograph is one of the most important user generated content on these social networks. Facebook processes millions of photo upload each day provided by its large user-base. Generally, an average user simply select and upload the photo with (optional) a comment to share with its friends' network. But, there is much more than this that must be taken care of to not only get the maximum attention, but also to ensure you don't risk your privacy inadvertently. Some simple guidelines can help you leverage the Facebook's photo sharing feature to the fullest while keeping necessary security provisions intact. Let's see some of these important steps to master Facebook photo sharing.

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Select your photos carefully - Nobody intentionally makes the mistake of sharing private photos with his Facebook network; still you must double check every single photo before you press the upload button. Secondly, you must adhere to Facebook's guidelines and policies about the type of photos that are not allowed on the platform. Photos depicting violence, nudity, racial abuse are strictly prohibited on almost every social media platform. Uploading copyrighted images is also considered a violation of Facebook's terms & conditions. If you're posting a group photograph, it's always a good idea to take prior permission from the people in the photograph.

Always check and customize the visibility of photo - Whenever you upload a photo, make sure you've checked for its visibility. You can either make it public, or can share with selective lists of friends, or you can opt to share it with only few friends. Whatever is the case, customizing the visibility option is of prime importance while uploading photos on Facebook. Needless to say, visibility of all the private photos should be limited just with you.

Consider providing meaningful title and description to each photo - This is one of the most ignored yet very important features of photo sharing. An average user never cares to write the photo caption or title along with a description for the uploaded photographs. If you're uploading in bulk, these photos should be grouped in an album and you must provide a title and description for the album. This is very useful during searching the photo archives at a later date. Important photos should be filled in with appropriate titles and descriptions to aid in better visibility during photo search.

Use photo tagging carefully - It's a very useful feature if used correctly. Unfortunately, good numbers of users abuse this feature creating problems for other Facebook users. Tagging group photographs (with approval) does make sense, but doing the same on a random photo and that too densely in large numbers in a small area is just like making more enemies than friends on Facebook. If you're wary about unexpected photo tagging, you can tweak your privacy settings to turn on tagging approval. This way, until you don't approve each and every tag, it won't be active on the uploaded picture and won't appear on your timeline as well.

Avoid using photo uploading/sharing apps from unknown sources - Sometimes, users falls victim to unsafe photo sharing applications from suspicious sources that not only compromise your account's security, but also risk losing your private pictures over internet. Always use well-known photo-sharing applications from trusted sources. Two easy ways to find such apps is looking for positive reviews over the web and verifying the large user-base.

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