Yep. That’s right. STOLEN!!
Let’s break this down…
A website owner/blogger took the time to cook a meal… sometimes more than once… so they could get it just right, in order to share it with the world.
And, if they are anything like me, they had to take extra time to measure things out while they cook (in order to give an accurate recipe), because measuring is not a regular part of their cooking process.
They may have also taken pictures of the meal during prep, therefore causing their family to have to wait longer to eat. And then taking pictures again once the meal is finished, so that you would have a nice picture to look at in the post. OR… They made the meal twice… once to take all the pictures and get the recipe just right and again so their family could actually eat it.
Next, the blogger sits down and writes a recipe post in a way that is understandable and hopefully easy to follow.
Oh… and then they had to edit all those pictures to make them all pretty! Which isn’t always an easy task!
They even complete the picture editing process with a watermark to discourage others from stealing the picture… only to have them steal it anyway… even though the blog name is on it…
THEN… some people take the liberty of posting said picture on Facebook WITH the complete recipe in the caption of the picture.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have it all in one place… That’s why we are seeing so many of them on Facebook. You have the picture and the recipe right there.
However, allow me explain why this is wrong of those people to do…
Many website owners/bloggers earn money based on how many people visit their site. If someone posts the entire recipe, no one ever has a reason to go to the actual website.
Also, because of Facebook’s weird algorithms, the more you share, like and comment on a site’s Facebook page, the more it is visible to people. When people steals others’ work, they are essentially also stealing their readers, as well, because now those readers won’t see the Facebook page that originally posted the recipe OR see the website that originally posted it! Double whammy!
All this may seem childish to some, but like I said before, some website owners/bloggers earn a living, either in part, or completely from their website/blogging.
Please help bloggers to continue to provide you with awesome recipes by NOT sharing the pictures with the full recipe included. Someone worked hard to provide that recipe for you, by preparing the meal, taking and editing the pictures and writing the post.
Find the original post and share THAT.
Oh, and lastly… if you want to get all technical and legal about this… The person who takes the picture and recipe off of a website is STEALING!! The picture and recipe (and anything else written on the site) is called intellectual property and it belongs to the website owner.
So, what do you do when you see a picture on Facebook with a recipe that you like? Here are a couple of ideas:
- Copy the recipe ingredients and/or directions.
- Paste them into a Google search.
- Search for the original recipe and picture.
- Once you find it, you can bookmark the recipe. (I have a “recipes” folder in my bookmark toolbar so I have all my recipes in one place.)
- You could also save the recipe (with the picture!) to your Pinterest account, if you have one. This way, you also have a neat way to share it with your friends too. You can share your pin with your Facebook friends.
I hope that helps you find a way to save and share recipes you find!
By the way, I do feel the need to add one thing. I realize most of the people that are sharing these photos don’t realize they don’t belong to the Facebook page that they found them on. So, I don’t think you are doing anything wrong on purpose. However… NOW you know that the original person/page that shared the picture with the recipe, may not be the original owner of the picture/recipe. A general rule of thumb is this, if there is no website address attached to the picture, it’s probably not okay to share it.