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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

What Is Your Preferred Method For Sharing Photos Online? [You Told Us]

Without images of any kind the Web would be a boring place. I cannot imagine traveling around the tubes without a side order of eye candy to go with my textual main course. And neither can you, apparently, as people from all backgrounds and ages are uploading photos galore to servers and the cloud. To share with friends and family, to show the world, to store for the future.

But what is your preferred method for doing all this? That was the subject of our most-recent weekly column where we turn the tables on to you, our loyal readers. We wanted to know what Web service, storage locker, or site you primarily use for sharing photos online. After all, there are so many options that some experienced guidance has to be a good starting point.

What Is Your Preferred Method For Sharing Photos Online?

We asked you, What Is Your Preferred Method For Sharing Photos Online? The response was good, with many readers passing on their tools of choice, informing us all what they have found works best for them.

Names mentioned include Path, Facebook, Blipfoto, Flickr, Ovi, Google+, Picasa, Dropbox, Panaramio, Pinterest,, Instagram, Imgur, Twitter, Gmail, and personal websites. Social networking sites are the most popular method of sharing personal or private pictures, with Flickr and Picasa being the most popular methods for photos deemed suitable for public airing.

Some of the names mentioned were new to me and may be new to you too. Blipfoto offers a daily photo journal, Panaramio is a community sharing photos of the world, and the Dropbox-supporting shares stored photos on the Web in an elegant way.

Comment Of The Week

Comment of the week goes to Karkala Nayak, who gets nothing but my admiration and respect (which is surely more than anyone needs) for:

I usually use facebook to share pictures of public events,festivals, and religious functions that take place in my home town….I upload then freely to the public on facebook so that others who missed those events don't get left out and they can eventually have a clear picture of the whole event.

I also use for purposes like sharing my screenshot photos. for example: In makeuseof answers, when i am answering a question and that requires the help of a screenshot. At such situations I use to upload my screenshots.

I also use Picasa to store my old photos(also share), I usually do that, so that I can transfer these old photos to picasa and then I can delete them from my hard disk..that would give me extra valuable space for incoming new photos of mine..

So the above three were my method for sharing photos online.

Joshua Clarke also deserves a mention for highlighting Panaramio, as does John Roads for noting that the Ovi Share service from Nokia will be discontinued at the end of this month. If you have anything stored there then you should download it all before May 30.

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. 'We Ask You' is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

Image Credit: Paul Reynolds

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