In my previous articles about social networking I outlined why my wife and I don’t publish photos of our son on social networks, notably Facebook. Nevertheless, I think I’ve found a way to have the best of both worlds.
My previous articles here:
As I write this current article, tech news is full of stories about Facebook’s facial recognition algorithm getting better and better. For fun, scan these recently published titles to see if you can see a pattern;
- With Facebook’s New Tech, You’ll Never Need to Know Friends’ Faces Again →
- What Facebook Is Doing to Your Brain Is Kind of Shocking →
- ‘Selfie Addiction’ Is No Laughing Matter, Psychiatrists Say →
Now here’s the thing; I like the fact that Facebook allows me to share photos with lots of people, but we don’t want to put photos of our son on social media for a stack of reasons we’ve already discussed; privacy, let him build his own identity, facial recognition, yada yada yada.
But I think I can have my cake and eat it too by simply using… Shadows.
Below are the types of photos I’m putting on my social feeds; they don’t betray my son’s identify or the principles outlined above, but they still let people see something of him, see him grow and it remains (I hope) interesting and creative.
(By the way, these have all been shot on my iPhone with no post-processing.)
Now my only worry is about Facebook coming up with a shadow mapping algorithm. Yikes!