Sydney educator Henrietta Miller has written an excellent blog post about the dangers of young adults using the photo app Instagram. Made popular by many celebrities, including Justin Bieber, your photos on Instagram can have a very wide audience, without you really knowing.
Did you know that not only can one view all the photos of your own followers and their followers, but if someone then likes a photo you have access to their portfolio as well?
Well worth a read. Thanks Henrietta for bringing this aspect of Instagram to our attention.
This is also an opt-in feature enabled via Settings. This gives you the option to automatically upload photos and videos to Google+ taken via your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad2. They begin as private, but you can change this if you want to share.
Instant Upload is only active while the Google+ iOS app is open, and for a brief period after you close it. Re-opening the Google+ app resumes your photo & video uploads exactly where they left off.
Let’s hope that Google+ keep these opt-in only and not move the goalposts a la Facebook.
Wired online is reporting that even after three years, ‘deleted’ images previously uploaded to Facebook are still accessible online. Facebook say they are working on the issue.
“The systems we used for photo storage a few years ago did not always delete images from content delivery networks in a reasonable period of time even though they were immediately removed from the site,” Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens told Ars via e-mail.
Wolens explained that photos remaining online are stuck in a legacy system that was apparently never operating properly, but said the company is working on a new system that will delete the photos in a mere month and a half. For really real this time.
the long-term risks of sharing inappropriate information on the Web. It encourages viewers to “think before you click” and offers tips for being responsible with photos, video and stories. Points include:
Why photos are permanent on the web
Future consequences of sharing inappropriate info
Tips for protecting reputations (personal and friends)
People sending or uploading photos from a smartphone can unwittingly embed their location into their photos. This is a concern for everyone, particularly children and young adults. See this 15 second video to ensure that your settings are safe.