Create Privacy Options for Ow.ly Image Uploads
I have been using Hootsuite to schedule posts on social media. The week before our collections launch, we schedule a series of previews to spark the interest of our customers and followers. Especially due to the space constraints on Twitter, I have been using Ow.ly links for pictures. This morning we found out that customers are able to access all the photo archive on ow.ly and to see all the pictures that have been linked to future posts.
Is there an option on Ow.ly Hootsuite that would keep pictures private until the post goes public?
Currently, images attached to tweets are uploaded to a public ow.ly page. I suggest that when images are attached to DMs (or to tweets for a locked account) they should not be posted to a public site. Frankly, it's depressing to even have to suggest this change: this should be Privacy 101. What's worse is that there is no indication to the user that a DMed image will end up on a publicly-viewable page. Sooner or later this is bound to lead to a damaging privacy violation.
Currently, when scheduling an update with image attached to it, the image will be visible in ow.ly's gallery before the update is posted to the networks. I suggest hiding all images attached to scheduled updates, or uploading them to a temporary place until it's time to post them, then move them over to ow.ly
Hi there. Thanks for reaching out to us!
While we currently don’t have a feature to make ow.ly uploaded images private until otherwise set, this is a fantastic suggestion and we’d be happy to take it under review for possible future updates to Ow.ly and HootSuite.
Thanks for using HootSuite!
Travis | Customer Support – Technical Lead | @HootSuite_Help
Luke Hall commented
Yeah, this needs to get fixed ASAP. Pretty unprofessional in my opinion to have all the images in one place. Especially since our viewers can see all the photos, including those we have canceled, not just the ones we've posted.
Great idea. Ideally, images that are set to be uploaded to Twitter shouldn't even be made available on owly.
Is there reason that the pictures are uploaded to ow.ly? Twitter and linkedin do allow picture upload directly. Especially since the privacy option is not working that would be fantastic :-)
My scheduled posts should obviously be visible at the scheduled date and not before that.
I second Mashhoor's suggestion. It's VERY frustrating to schedule a bunch of tweets only to have ow.ly give away the joke before they're even tweeted. Looks like this would be a simple thing to do. Just give us the option of showing the entire gallery, just the photos we've tweeted or none at all.