Wednesday, November 2, 2016

comparison of major (continually updated) image-sharing websites
the top 15 Most Popular Photo Sharing Websites as derived from our eBizMBA Rank which is a continually updated average of each website's Alexa Global Traffic Rank, and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast.

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Flickr= 1TB of storage and geo-tools.

The grandaddy of photo-sharing sites, Flickr-Yahoo offers 1TB of storage for free (which can hold from 500,000 to 2 million photos) with no limit on picture resolution (users can also upload 1080p high-definition video clips, with playback up to three minutes long).

You can also organize pictures into collections and sub-collections, with options to tag keywords and people either individually or in batches of photos. Your friends and followers can tag photos too, creating a massive database of keyworded photos. You can then search your library by keyword or people tags and sort by dates that pictures were posted or taken.

Flickr displays photos in a minimalist grid with a slideshow option, as well as an “explore” feature to find new pictures and photographers to follow. The site also offers the same beginner-friendly image editor as Photobucket, with Instagram-style color filters, cutesy effects like frames and stickers and basic editing tools, such as contrast, saturation and focus tweaks.

You can upload photos via email, the website, or directly from the Flickr smartphone app and share albums on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter. I

Photobucket: Great for editing but low Gbyte.

if you want to check out photo services with basic editing tools built in...
2GB free, with an additional 8GB if you use the Photobucket app= 10GB.
A reader brought to our attention that the Photobucket Terms or Use will provide full rights to Photobucket to use your photos in any way this wish, including for commercial purposes, if your privacy setting are set to "Public" Photobucket albums default to "Public" when you sign up, so this is a significant privacy risk.

ThisLife (now shutterfly): Great for collating diverse sets of photos

If your pictures are scattered throughout the Internet, photo aggregator ThisLife (by Shutterfly) can import and organize them. The service links with Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, Picasa and SmugMug to pull in all your photos and sort them by date and place. You can upload full resolution pictures directly from your computer as well as high-definition video.

Photos are privately displayed in a timeline and can be further organized by category and custom tags. Facial recognition, geo-tags and duplicate-killing add to the organizational mojo. Tags from social network sites are saved, too, allowing for a heavyweight search feature by person, place, date, time and keyword.

You can also organize pics into slideshows and galleries that you can then share via email.


If storing your photos is less important than sharing them with followers across the globe, Instagram is the answer. The wildly popular app for Android and iOS doesn't have much of a desktop presence - although it is possible to browse photos at its website – but any photo you post from your smartphone is saved online forevermore.

You get unlimited photo uploads as well uploads of videos between three and 15 seconds long – although since photos are compressed, it's not the ideal place to store pictures you may want to print out later.

Of course, Instagram's killer app is its dozens of filters, from old-timey black and white to vintage high-colors and moody contrasts. There are also several intuitive sliders to adjust shadows, highlights, focus and more, while the Layout add-on lets you create collages.

You can tag your followers in pictures and captioning images with hashtags helps people outside your existing circles find your pictures. For example, a well-tagged sunset pic of your favorite beach can help you connect with other lovers of dusk and sandy locales.

Though Instagram is designed to be a newsfeed of photos from people you follow, you can view a person's entire photo history – and your own – by clicking on the profile tab.

Privacy control: You can set your account to be viewed by approved followers only; otherwise, anybody with an Instagram account can see your pictures
Full-size uploads/downloads? No; but you can use external service Instaport to download all your pics to your hard drive


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