Why Hula Booth Doesn’t Share to Social Media

We often have people ask why we don't allow Hula Booth to share directly to social media. Here's why...

The idea of sharing straight to your socials from a photo booth is great... until you get down to the nitty-gritty.

At Hula Booth, we have made the decision not to enable users to share directly to social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Instead, we’ve stuck with sharing via email, SMS and AirDrop. You can even use your own mail server and text messaging provider. While this might seem as though it’s an odd decision, we have a few pretty good reasons…

1.It’s time-consuming

In order to share to social media, your guests would have to enter their username and password each time they wanted to post an image. Aside from the fact that practically nobody actually remembers their Facebook password thanks to autosave, it’s time-consuming. Imagine the lines that would form for the photo booth while everyone is waiting for guests to enter their email and guess their passwords. It’d be a nightmare!

2. It’s a privacy issue

If you have a guest entering their email and password on an iPad in an open photo booth, you can’t guarantee who will see this and what they will do with it. Nobody wants to receive a complaint from a guest that they were hacked after attending your event. Although social networking sites tend to have security measures in place to prevent people from seeing the password in full, it’d be quite clear for all around to see what letters the user is pressing. In this day and age, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

3. It might not get the attention it deserves

If your guests are sharing their photos to social media, they’re obviously proud and want their friends and family to see! Unfortunately, sharing through third-party apps no longer gets the attention that it may have in the past. Facebook has put restrictions in place that mean the photo may not be as visible in a friend’s newsfeed as it was shared through another app. If they want to rake in the likes, they’re better off saving the image and posting it on their own.

With all this being said, our gallery hosting site, Hula Gallery, does allow for social sharing. As it’s web-based, your guests can access their images from the event gallery on their own phone and share securely. You can sign up for an account here and get a free 30-day trial of Hula Gallery Pro.

The idea of sharing straight to your socials from a photo booth is great... until you get down to the nitty-gritty.

At Hula Booth, we have made the decision not to enable users to share directly to social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Instead, we’ve stuck with sharing via email, SMS and AirDrop. You can even use your own mail server and text messaging provider. While this might seem as though it’s an odd decision, we have a few pretty good reasons…

1.It’s time-consuming

In order to share to social media, your guests would have to enter their username and password each time they wanted to post an image. Aside from the fact that practically nobody actually remembers their Facebook password thanks to autosave, it’s time-consuming. Imagine the lines that would form for the photo booth while everyone is waiting for guests to enter their email and guess their passwords. It’d be a nightmare!

2. It’s a privacy issue

If you have a guest entering their email and password on an iPad in an open photo booth, you can’t guarantee who will see this and what they will do with it. Nobody wants to receive a complaint from a guest that they were hacked after attending your event. Although social networking sites tend to have security measures in place to prevent people from seeing the password in full, it’d be quite clear for all around to see what letters the user is pressing. In this day and age, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

3. It might not get the attention it deserves

If your guests are sharing their photos to social media, they’re obviously proud and want their friends and family to see! Unfortunately, sharing through third-party apps no longer gets the attention that it may have in the past. Facebook has put restrictions in place that mean the photo may not be as visible in a friend’s newsfeed as it was shared through another app. If they want to rake in the likes, they’re better off saving the image and posting it on their own.

With all this being said, our gallery hosting site, Hula Gallery, does allow for social sharing. As it’s web-based, your guests can access their images from the event gallery on their own phone and share securely. You can sign up for an account here and get a free 30-day trial of Hula Gallery Pro.

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