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The Unbreakable Rules Of Video Sharing

by Geoff Talbot on January 21, 2013

video sharingVideo sharing on social media sites has become a modern day Internet phenomenon. Nothing says guilty like your mug captured on camera with your hand trapped in the cookie jar. Unfortunately, we aren’t always in the know when a video of us is shared. There are so many free video-sharing sites online, you never know where a video might get posted.

With video cameras on just about every phone, your privacy is at stake pretty much everywhere. After all it’s super easy to share videos on Facebook without fully thinking through the ramification of your actions. If you have a video that you want to share with friends, think about if you should share it publicly, privately, or keep it as a private video in your library.


It’s important to have some ethical boundaries in place when it comes to video sharing and posting personal videos on video sharing websites. To help keep you on track here are the seven unbreakable rules of video sharing:

1. Never share a video while sleep deprived or not in a sound frame of mind. You may be filled with regret once you’ve gotten some sleep and then checked out what you posted the next day.

2. Never post a personal video online without getting permission first from all the cast and crew of your video creation. The axiom, “Act first, ask later” is a recipe for disaster (and the possible loss of friendship) when it comes to video sharing.

3. Never tag friends in a video unless you are absolutely certain that they will have no problem being identified in the shared video.

4. Never do anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see in the presence of an un-trusted friend or a stranger who happens to be holding a cell phone with a video camera.

5. If you do not want to be captured on video; either ask your friend not to film you or if it’s too late, not to share video taken of you. If this doesn’t work then you must take immediate action. Either…

      • Turn your back to the camera and leave the scene as quickly as possible.
      • If you cannot leave (you are in a car or on a boat), then turn away from the camera.

6. After a night out, or indeed after any experience where you feel as though your person may have been invaded by an unsolicited video be sure to check your Facebook profile as soon as possible. If a video has been posted that contains your image, ask a friend to take it down, or at the very least un-tag yourself in the video.


Having a video camera on a cell phone offers people the ability to capture amazing things on video.  Once a great video is captured, there are many wonderful ways in which video sharing can enrich our lives. Just as digital camera’s made the art of photography more accessible, video cameras on mobile phones have the potential to turn thousands of enthusiasts into budding cinematographers.

It’s important to know what videos to share and where to share them. Maybe you’ve captured video that you would like to keep private. You can do that by using the private video mode feature in RealPlayer. If you don’t have RealPlayer you can download a free version by clicking the orange button in the upper right corner of this page.

The video cameras on the latest smartphones shoot pretty cool video for such a small camera. Rather than looking to embarrass your friends, “social video” can be a wonderfully artistic way to celebrate the lives you are living together. Get creative… You will be surprised what you can come up with to make every occasion memorable.

Do you share videos on social media sites? What are your favorite types of videos to share?

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