Social media plays an important role in the lives of billions of people all over the world. It helps us stay in touch with others, provides us easy access to a lot of news, and helps us entertain and educate ourselves.
However, in addition to that, social media is often treated like a modern-day photo album. When many of us take photos today, they are to share with our friends, family and followers on social media. They are saved on our profiles, and many believe this is a great way to keep your photos safe in one place.
Unfortunately, there are risks of relying on social media platforms for this purpose. But why? Why should you not rely on social media to store your photos? Well, that is exactly what this article is going to take a closer look at.
They Are Converted to a Lower Quality
In most cases, when you upload an image to a social media platform, it is automatically compressed and converted into a lower quality. The exact resolution will depend, but it certainly won’t maintain the same quality. While you may not notice on a phone or computer, if you were to print the photo out, you would surely see the drop in resolution.
The main reason this is done is to reduce the file size of the image. The smaller the file size of an image, the quicker it will load and the less space the image will use. So while it can provide a better experience for those browsing your profile or their feed, it is terrible if you ever need to use these photos to replace the originals.
If You Forget Your Password or Get Hacked
Another risk of using social media as the only place where you store photos is that you could get locked out of your account. If you can no longer access your account, you will not be able to directly access your photos. There are a number of different ways you may get locked out or lose access to your account.
You might forget the password, might have your account suspended or locked for violating the terms of service, or could even get hacked. While hacking might not be something you are concerned with, it should be. Almost a quarter of internet users claimed they have had online accounts hacked at least once. All it takes is one hack for your images to be gone forever.
At some point you may also delete your account, and if you forgot about the photos, you could end up losing them, as well.
The Platform Could Shut Down
The social media platform itself shutting down could also be a reason not to store your photos there. Once a platform shuts down, accounts there are no longer accessible and will generally be deleted entirely. You may have some time to log in and save your photos before they are deleted, but again, they will be lower quality than if you would have just stored them somewhere better from the start.
While some platforms might seem foolproof right now, there is always something new coming along. The platforms we all use and love today, will likely be all but a memory in a couple of decades and the world will have moved onto something else. Also, even if they don’t shut down, they could change their terms of service at any time, which could put your data (such as images) at risk of being deleted.
In conclusion, we hope this article has been able to help you learn why you shouldn’t rely solely on a social media platform or profile to keep your photos and memories safe. While keeping photos on there is fine, a social media platform should never be the only place where a particular photo exists.