Think twice before posting that cute kitty picture online!
There are a handful of social media sites that would be happy to display cute pictures and hilarious videos of your kitty cat online. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest already have hundreds of thousands of feline-friendly cat networks. However, before you go ahead and post eight thousand of your cat’s pictures, consider these 4 safety tips:
1. Don’t give away private information
Sometimes we get so caught up with our adorable furbabies that we could not wait to share their cute pictures to the web. Hold up, though! Check first if the pictures you’re posting contains any private information that you may have overlooked.
Your mails or personal letters that show your address could be visible in the picture, or your address might be seen on a parcel box that you cat looked cute it. Make sure to crop these details out or you can edit the pictures first to blur them.
Make sure that the geo-tagger feature in your social media channels or smart phone is turned off as well. You don’t want every netizen who sees your cat’s picture to know exactly where you live, right?
2. Brace yourself for haters
The internet is a good way to connect with people you know and even people you don’t know. However, it also gives haters the shroud of anonymity which allows them to criticize other people publicly and spitefully.
Be prepared to attract nasty comments from other people before posting a picture of your cat playing with your baby or drinking from a wine glass.
3. You can’t take them back from the internet
Once you upload a picture on the internet, it pretty much stays there forever. Even though you have already deleted it from your sites and channels, it is not a guarantee that you have completely taken it down.
Moreover, there’s no way of knowing is someone else has already downloaded it on their files.
4. Things change
When we post pictures of our kids online, we have to think if they’d be happy seeing those pictures when they’re older. Sure, this doesn’t apply to cats. But, ask yourself first if you’d be happy seeing those happy pictures when your cat is older, or when he or she has already passed away.
If you feel like suddenly receiving a notification about a picture of your cat that’s no longer with you might be upsetting, it’s probably not a good idea to post it.
You can DIY a scrapbook for your cats, so you can only look at their pictures when you feel like it.