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4 Online Photo Sharing Solutions For Private Picture Sharing

tappin-photo-sharingHave 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:

1. Photobucket
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.

2. Flickr
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.


3. Instagram
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.

4. TappIn
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?

Our Digital Content Access and Sharing Service Receives $1.1M from Investors

HomepipeWe just wanted to let you know that HomePipe just received a $1.1M boost from a group of private investors that are really excited about our growth in subscribers and utilization of our awesome service. So thanks to all our customers who signed up for HomePipe and use it every day!

What are we going to do with our money? We’re going to do a 15 second Super Bowl commercial! Just kidding. We’re going to expand our service to give our customers the most amazing solution possible. HomePipe is revolutionizing the ability for today’s mobile consumers and professionals to quickly, easily and securely access, view and share digital content. High resolution photos, videos, presentations, documents, and music stored on a home or work computer can be accessed and shared from any web browser or mobile device.

Today, HomePipe works on Apple® iPhone® and iPadTM, Google® AndroidTM, and Windows® Phone 7 – all without cloud storage, uploading, syncing, organizing or complex software and hardware installations requiring additional fees. Just imagine…no matter where you have content – even in cloud services – you could instantly access and share it with anyone, anywhere – anytime using any browser or mobile device.

How big is the opportunity?  Here’s just a few data points.

  • Recently Apple surpassed 10 billion app downloads with billions more expected for Apple, Android and BlackBerry®.
  • Gartner estimates 17.7 billion downloads for 2011—a 117 percent over its 8.2 billion download estimate for 2010 and this number is expected to grow to nearly 200 billion downloads by 2014.1
  • Nielsen’s projects that by mid-2011, a smartphone user base of 150 million, 300 million mobile subscribers, 120 million mobile web users and 90 million users will be streaming video.

Combine the figures above with the average home storing nearly nine Terabytes of content by 20132, and the opportunity for a secure digital content solution that easily enables consumers and professionals to access and share photos, documents, music and videos from a single view will be…big!

More good news. HomePipe was recently named as a Top Global 500 Appan award covering all devices and formats, with forty different top app categories and expert reviews of the best 500 apps available around world.

The HomePipe application is still available as a Free Edition that gives full access to the service, but limits the number of uses. HomePipe’s Premium Edition provides unlimited use for $23.99 annual subscription.

As always, we love getting your feedback. Send any product comments or suggestions to us at support@homepipe.net.