Photo sharing services should make the process of uploading and sharing your pictures as painless as possible. Anyone who uses these services is going to want to be able to upload their photos without having to jump through a lot of hoops. As long as the service is able to strike a balance between functionality and ease of use, it isn’t going to have a hard time prevailing among the other photo sharing services.
A computer failure can destroy 1000s of memories. You can avoid this by keeping your photos backed up on the internet. A number of sites make it inexpensive and easy for you to upload your photos for safe keeping. Once your photos are online and findable, it’s time to look at another fun part of online photo sharing – the actual sharing. You can choose to make your photos public or private – it’s up to you. Private is like a photo on your wall – few see it. But public is like taking your photos to a party – they become a representation of you and offer a way to make friends.
Looking for a simple way to swap event photos with your friends? Some are free, others require a fee. Check ’em out. Here are ten ways to share:
Facebook group: Before the event, create a Facebook group and invite other guests to share their photos on the group’s page. Take it a step further by making multiple groups according to who will be there – for instance, one group for friends, one for family, coworkers, etc. (NOTE: I use my Facebook page to post photos of the brides and grooms whose wedding ceremonies I perform.)
Twitter/Instagram: When it comes to Twitter and Instagram, it’s all about the hashtags. Ask friends to add a specific hashtag, like #KellyandMattWedding720, so that everyone can click on the tag and easily access all the event photos in one place.
Shutterfly: When you sign up for your free photo sharing account at Shutterfly, you’ll receive 50 free 4×6 prints. This offer will let you see the high quality of our digital printing service. With your photo sharing account you’ll also have access to all of our high quality products and services as well as special offers. One of those great products is our own Shutterfly Express™ software.
Avanquest SendPhotos: SendPhotos from Avanquest is a free photo sharing service, offering a variety of compelling features and functionality you won’t find elsewhere. SendPhotos includes a web-based service and basic software, but the real draw is from their mobile solution. It is an amazingly innovative way to get photos from your phone (140 handsets already supported) to a number of sharing endpoints almost instantaneously. More than just providing a place to keep photos and allow for sharing, SendPhotos integrates with a variety of photo sharing services (MySpace, Picasa) and truly facilitates sharing quickly and conveniently.
Picasa album: Do most of your friends have a Google account? Try creating a Picasa album where they can add their own snaps. Send an email invitation for friends to access the album, and then share the link with pals who’d like to see the photos.
D-Series app: The free Hipstamatic D-Series app allows you to share a “roll” of up to 24 pictures with friends, each of whom can upload their own perspectives of the bash. Even better? You can order prints straight from the Hipstashop.
Flickr group: If all your friends are on Flickr, then go for a group where you can each upload your favorite shots from the day. Make it completely public to give anyone access, go invitation-only to keep it private, or stay totally private if you have no intention of making the album public in the future.
Photobucket: Once upon a time, this site was a favorite among internet users looking to quickly host an image and share it online at sites like eBay and MySpace or on blogs and message boards. While that’s still true, Photobucket has added several features to keep users coming back to the site for managing photo albums and videos.
Snapfish: This site has been around for a long time–I first wrote about this photo sharing site back around 2001. It is completely free, with absolutely unlimited photo storage. That said, the site’s photo sharing service exists mainly just to support an online printing business, so Snapfish maintains your photo collection only on the condition that you occasionally purchase something. Don’t make any prints, photo books, or photo gifts at least once a year, and your photos might be disappeared.
Zooomr: Zooomr is a very robust and feature-rich photo sharing site, but it lacks the appeal and charisma of Flickr to users. And last time I checked, Zooomr has removed the storage limit for free accounts, so you can upload as much photos as you want.
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