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How to share videos and photos privately online

The modern dilemma

In decades past, it was easy to keep your personal life and your professional life separated but modern technological advances have now made it all too easy and convenient to blur that line, and it has actually encouraged us all to combine our personal and professional lives as if they were always the same thing. Pictures of weddings, graduations, and birthdays are posted all over the internet. Private and special life moments are seen by people you hardly know or even by complete strangers.

The second part of the problem is that having your private life being viewed as public material can soil your professional reputation. We’ve all heard the stories of the employees who were fired, seemingly because of their private lives that weren’t so private anymore. And we’ve heard of the interviewees who are researched online and are taken off the list of potentials because of racy or inappropriate pictures or videos. Well, it’s time to take back your private life and separate it from your professional life.

How to privately share photos

The truth of the matter is that you may not want to share all your photos with everyone. The pictures of your grandmother’s birthday, your sister’s wedding, and your family’s get-together last Christmas could be best for your close friends, family members, or just for yourself. And while there are several options for sharing pictures with only a select few, some require a program to be downloaded or require extensive sign-up processes. Needless to say, there is a better, more private, more secure option to consider.

7moments is a website that can be accessed easily from a number of devices—phones, computers, tablets, ipods, and so on. 7moments allows you to choose which of your family or friends can see which photos and albums, you can add photos right from Facebook, and it’s secure. 7moments will not allow you or anyone else to import Facebook photos that aren’t from your account which maintain privacy. And best of all, it’s free!

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How to privately share videos

When people think of a website for sharing videos, most will think of YouTube. However, the whole point of YouTube, and many other sites just like it, is to widely share videos all across the world. The more views your videos get, the better your YouTube reputation. But what about your videos of your child’s first time at Disneyland or your spouse’s reaction to a prized birthday gift or maybe of you participating in a prank? These are the types of videos you don’t want to necessarily share with the entire world; they’re personal. They’re private. They’re special. But there is another way to share your videos with your loved ones: Givit.

Givit protects your private moments, but it also protects your children and your family from unneeded, unwanted, and potentially dangerous internet attention. The videos you upload to Givit are put into multiple formats so that just about any device can easily access them. Just like 7moments, using Givit is currently free.

The takeaway

Some will want to save sharing photos and videos on Facebook, YouTube, Myspace, and every other social networking site for your professional life or for less private moments. It’s OK to share with your friends and acquaintances, but know that you have options when it comes to your privacy and separating your work and private lives. Making that distinction can keep your professional reputation strong and secure while keeping your private home life as it deserves to be—private, special, safe, and completely your own.

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The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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