Have you ever had to wait for a large photo album to load onto your Facebook? Or have you ever tried to email a folder of pictures only to get a maximum-size-limit-reached error message? There are photo sharing websites, but with so many website security breaches lately, how safe can those be?
Photo Sharing Solutions:
With 55 million users, Photobucket is one of the most recognizable and most-used photo sharing options on the internet today. Photobucket also gives you sharing and integration options (that other photo sharing services don’t) for pushing your photos and videos onto social media channels like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter.
Once you set up a free account, you can begin uploading your photos and videos – accounts are capable of holding thousands of pictures and videos at once (up to 1GB). A download option for a Java-based bulk uploader allows users to upload many pictures at once. However, Photobucket automatically downsizes those pictures to 800 pixels wide.
Photobucket doesn’t have the same capabilities as other online photo sharing solutions, but if you are looking for a really basic and free online photo saving and sharing option with decent privacy settings and that has been integrated with social media networks, then Photobucket is probably your best answer.
Perhaps the most popular online photo sharing solution, Flickr has been around almost as long as Photobucket, but their qualities and capabilities are a bit different. If you already have a Yahoo account, you can sign into Flickr with your Yahoo I.D. and password and immediately you will be taken to your Flickr account.
Once you sign in to Flickr, you can start uploading pictures and videos to your account from your computer, phone, or other mobile device. Flickr also lets you organize your content with tags and locations as well as notes and comments. While you can share those pictures with Flickr’s online community, you absolutely can also set your account to private.
Flickr’s user friendly design allows people to navigate the site more easily, however, the size limit for a free account is 300MB per month and only 2 video uploads. Though Flickr has a smaller capacity for pictures and video, many users agree that Flickr is the better photo sharing option over Photobucket.
As we pointed out in a previous blog post, this is a really fun and easy-to-use free app. Instagram is a bit different from Photobucket and Flickr in that its primary purpose isn’t photo sharing, but photo editing. However, with a large community of users (like Photobucket and Flickr), Instagram has also become a popular photo sharing solution.
Like Photobucket and Flickr, Instagram allows you to post pictures directly onto your social media channels. However, it’s different from those services in that you can also take pictures using this app. Also, unlike other online photo sharing solutions, Instagram does not have a limit on the number of photos you can upload to it.
It’s also important to remember that Instagram started as a more social way of sharing photos, so if you want to share pictures privately, make sure you are choosing the best privacy settings when setting up your account.
Unlike any of the above photo sharing options, TappIn grants access instead of providing storage space. With TappIn, all you have to do is give people access to the pictures, videos, and files you want to share with them and then they can use the mobile device of their choice for safe and secure mobile remote access to that shared data.
With TappIn, you don’t have to store any of your photos or information online. Instead, you can save that data directly onto your hard drive and give specific people access to the pictures you specifically would like to share with them.
No uploading, downloading, resizing needed. Your photos are right where you saved them, and, by letting you choose who gets access to them, you retain much more control. Also, with TappIn’s SSL encryption, users can feel at ease knowing that the information they are accessing is encrypted.
And those are our four recommendations for online photo sharing options! What do you think? Do you use any of these? Which one would you recommend?