Being a total newbie when I started this blog, I signed up to hosting from a well known web hosting platform thinking nothing of it, but towards the end of last year I found out so much more about the real impact of web hosting.
I had no idea the environmental impact website hosting could have, but the millions of sites on the internet running on fossil fuels are rivalling massive industries as major contributors to global carbon emissions. I was pretty horrified to find out I was contributing to this. A website is essentially a bunch of files including the HTML, images, posts etc which are stored on a ‘server’. This then serves the website files to website visitors, so paying a company to store these files on their serves is hosting. In order to keep the website online 24 hours 7 days a week for website visitors from all over the world, these computer servers must stay online 24/7 too.
Just like food, water and walks for dogs, social media profiles have basic requirements in order to survive:
1. A complete profile – This should contain your information: name, photo, email and description. The more people know about you, the more they relate to and follow you.
2. Constant activity – Participate in the network, post content, like other profiles content and get involved in the conversations.
Instagram is actively taking a step to remove images which display the exploitation of animals. Animal selfies, which are seemingly innocent to the people posting the images, actually cause a lot of distress to the animals involved. Instagram is now beginning to alert users to these images and discouraging users from posting pictures like these.