We’ve all received a hilarious text message or seen a completely ridiculous post on social media that we’ve wanted to share with others, and we can with screen grabbing.
Smartphones have enabled us to take screen grabs to capture those moments and share them instantaneously with just a few clicks. If you are going to share things with others, be sure to protect the privacy of those involved in case it goes viral. Amy-Mae Elliott of Mashable has compiled a list of screen grabbing tips to ensure you keep personal information private and you retain your friendships in her article, “A Brief Guide to Screengrabbing Etiquette.”
Common Sense Rules
Stick to your gut to determine what should and should not be shared with others. Don’t share content if the person involved won’t take it lightly.
The most important rule of all is to not share phone numbers or full names when sharing text message conversations. You can blur the person’s last name or change the name in your contacts to maintain anonymity.
Public content is extremely different than private content. Determine whether or not the content you want to share was intended for a limited audience. If so, protect identities without question. This includes anyone interacting with the post – likes and comments.
There are plenty of smartphone photo editing apps available that enable you to blur parts of images. In her article, Amy-Mae suggests the free app, Fotor, and provides step-by-step directions for blurring parts of your photos.