3 Reasons to Back Up Your Social Media
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Social media has become ingrained in our everyday lives.
With the exception of a few, most people have one or more social media accounts, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok. Facebook, for instance, has 2 billion active users worldwide. When we post to social media, photos and videos are prominent aspects of what we have to say.
So we don’t really keep photo albums anymore. Instead, our photos are on our phones, and then on social media. But should social media be the way we preserve our life’s stories?
Let’s explore 3 reasons to protect and save the stories you create on social media.
1. We are Losing Our Stories
“Back in the day,” our grandparents and parents would print off a photo and write the date and occasion on the back of it. Or, we would print photos and compile them into albums, with notes to accompany the pages.
Now, we take photos with our phones and likely put some on social media, but with little or no context to go along with the pictures and videos. And the volume of photos we take has exploded, because it’s so easy to take 6 photos on our phone when we used to take one with a camera and print it off to save.
Consider these statistics from Forbes:
4.7 trillion digital photos are stored
Every minute, 510,000 comments are made and 293,000 statuses are updated on Facebook
100 million people post to their Instagram stories daily
Our habits to save our life’s stories have not changed along with the way we take photos. In five years, will we remember the stories that go with those photos? Will we be able to share those stories with our loved ones? Will we even be able to access our social media accounts? It’s important to save our media in a way that will be relevant in the future.
As described in Forbes: “the sad fact is that because photos are so easy to take we're not only missing moments but hardly ever going back to those photos we did take.” Instead, taking the time to save those memories can have psychological benefits. Studies show a link between positive feelings and what’s called autobiographical memory, which are memories dealing with your own life.
2. Your Digital Memories May Not Be Safe
We used to worry about the loss of a photo album, in natural disasters like fires or floods. Our memories are now digital, but they can still be lost.
If you have all your photos and videos on a phone, for instance, there’s always a risk that your phone could get lost, damaged, stolen, or simply quit working. If you save your photos on a computer, it could crash, so you may want to choose an external hard drive to store your files.
But that still doesn’t help you put a context to your memories. Instead of a random collection of photos, there’s value in creating a story to go with your memories. A bunch of photos is not necessarily all there is to creating memories that last.
3. Social Media Is Not The Best Tool For Storing Memories
We’re certainly not suggesting that you abandon social media. But it may not be the best format for preserving memories into the future.
Social media platforms usually compress photos to a lower resolution, so if you ever do want to print a photo, the quality won’t be as good as the original.
Not everybody wants to share all their memories on social media. Parents are starting to be more selective about sharing photos of children, for instance. Having a medium where you can create private stories is a good option.
Have you ever tried to find that one picture on social media, particularly if it was taken last month or last year? Unless you organize your photos into albums on social media, it can be hard to find a memory when you want it.
You may not want to use social media if you’re a professional photographer, or you take pride in your photos and don’t want them used by others.
There are some memories you wouldn’t want to put on social media, but that could be incorporated into a private story book. For instance, a boarding pass from a big trip could be added to the memories of the holiday, but you would likely not want to post that on social media.
How Do You Save Your Memories?
You’re likely wondering what you could use to save your memories, particularly something that’s as simple as uploading to social media. An easy-to-use digital platform like memoryKPR is the answer.
“As our world becomes more digital, so do our stories,” says Jessica McNaughton, Co-Founder and CEO of memoryKPR. “We need permanent and creative solutions to be able to keep and pass on these stories.”
This digital tool makes it easy to compile special memories, including those you already post on social media. Create a story “book” for a special event, like a graduation, or simply start a file such as “The summer of 2021,” and add memories over the season.
Then you can add all sorts of files to build your digital photo album. Upload files in formats like JPEG, PNG, MP4, MP3, WAV, and more. That makes it easy to add photos, videos, audio files, screenshots and more. Record audio right into the story, or upload from your library. Add a picture of that boarding pass, knowing you control who will see it.
Supplement what you are already doing on social media by importing directly from platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Invite others to contribute via email or with a QR code.
Your story book can be shared with family and friends by sending a link in an email. And you can share it on social media if you want. If not, there are options for privacy that you control. You also decide who contributes to the story, and who has access to it when you want to share it.
It doesn’t have to be an arduous task, either. If you set aside a time each week to jot down memories, or look through your photos, you can then bring them together into memoryKPR. You can even add those old photos from grandma, and include the hand-written notes she took time to include on the back of her pictures.
As our world becomes more digital, the way we remember our lives becomes digital too. But for ourselves and our future generations, the story of our lives is still important to save and pass on.
Preserving our special events, significant aspects of our lives, and those everyday moments that are a big part of life continues to be important. With memoryKPR, you can be sure your stories will live beyond their time on social media.
Ardith Stephanson is a freelance writer and journalist who shares some of her own stories at theardizan.com