This post was written by invitation of Tech writer Dave Hill to list & compare some of the major Photo Sharing services and their differences. Thank you for your time and article Dave: These days, online albums and storage systems have become the most popular means of sharing photos with family and friends. Of course, most people who take advantage of social networks like Facebook or Myspace are used to the concept of uploading photos for their friends to see. However, for more specific photo sharing needs, there are a number of websites and services specifically designed essentially as online albums. Each offers unique services and perks, but the basic idea tends to be the same: creating a forum for friends and family to share, observe, and comment on photos. Here are a few words on some of the top services.
One of the most popular photo storage systems online, Photobucket is ideal for casual users. There is no limit on the number of photos and videos that can be uploaded (though the file sizes supported do have limits). Additionally, Photobucket implements easy integration with social networks like Facebook, making it easy to share photos with friends and family. Finally, the mobile Photobucket app and Snapbucket editing system also make it easy to take, edit and share photos on the go. More advanced photographers may prefer to opt for a different system, however, as even the paid version of Photobucket – which is more capable – can have trouble with high resolution photo or video content.
Flickr is similar to Photobucket in some respects, offering photo editing, storage, sharing, and even mobile apps for convenience. Additionally, there are similar concerns for users who need to store particularly large numbers of photos and videos, as this will require upgrading to the paid “Pro” account. However, Flickr is also noteworthy for its organization capacity. Photos can be organized into albums, and albums organized into collections, which can then be shared and commented on by friends and family. It’s all very organized and thorough, if somewhat complex.
Cloud Storage Systems
For those who are looking primarily for storage of a large volume of photo or video files, a cloud storage system like ShareFile or Dropbox might be the best solution. These services have greater capabilities, and are less geared toward editing or sharing abilities. However, they do offer secure storage for large files and can have the ability to store virtually endless numbers of photos and videos.
Similar to services like Photobucket and Flickr, Picasa’s standard version offers unlimited storage for a wide variety of photo files. However, there is a 1GB limit on photos that exceed a size limit of 2,048 x 2,048 pixels, meaning that some users will have to upgrade to the paid version. Picasa is recommended and intended for Google users, due to its integration with the Google+ system, and one drawback of the service is that those unfamiliar with Google may find Picasa confusing or difficult to use.
This is a guest post by David Hill. David is a freelance writer who covers a variety of topics in the field of technology.