Just a question that popped into my mind. Why do people post photos on social websites?
Today I removed most of my photos off FB because I'm no longer sure why I share them.
PS: I am a hobby photographer
Simple answer: because they want other people to see and enjoy them. To me that's what photographs are for. I've been following some of the media hype (especially in Europe where I'm from originally) around privacy, safety and copyright concerns. Fair enough.
But I see no value (apply any meaning here) in keeping my photos private and locked up. Yes, you want to think twice what you post and who you give access to what. But I must admit I enjoy social media - and often for the pictures especially. Despite the occasional over-sharing I like seeing what friends and acquaintances are up to. Especially those who I otherwise don't get to see or hear from much.
And sometimes between all the kids, pets and travel pics (including the "look what's on my plate" variety) there are photographic gems that I wouldn't have seen otherwise. I try to return the favor in limited and (I hope) reasonable way. And that's just Facebook. I also like Flickr and 500px to just go browsing through some incredible work.
And I'm in my mid forties and not some Gen Y kid who doesn't know any different.