Online photo sharing websites such as Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket and Imgur allow people to display and share photos that they have taken, with other people. These photos can either be shared with a specific group of friends or publicly with anyone. Most photo sharing websites are free to join and use. People only need to set up a user account before they are free to upload photos. Most photo sharing websites have a variety of features. For the most part, these features are free, however, on some websites users may be required to pay a fee in order to use some of the more advanced site features.
With most photo sharing websites, users can begin to upload photos as soon as they open their account. Photos can then be organized into albums and can be dated to keep them organized. Online photo albums also allow users to organize their memories and they provide structure for others that will browse through their photos. Users do not necessarily have to share all of the albums with all of their friends. Albums can be privatised or the user may share the album’s link with a selected few, or open albums up for anyone to view.
Each photo sharing website has its own set of features. The most common features found on photo sharing websites are photo upload utilities, email notifications and varied storage limits. Image upload utilities often give users the ability to upload several photos simultaneously, saving them time. Email notification features are common on many sites. This allows users to send email notices to friends informing them of a newly created photo album or of new photos to be viewed. Some photo sharing websites provide unlimited storage, others limit the amount of storage space that can be used, often charging a fee for higher than standard storage space. Some websites allow photos to be uploaded at full resolution while others may reduce the quality and size of the file.
When looking for a photo sharing web site, the best way to decide on which site to use is by looking at the features that are being offered, and finding a site that suits your needs. A person that is very serious about photography will not want to place their photos on a website that reduces the quality of their images. A person that is very active in online social networks will most likely want to use a photo sharing site that allows them to notify others via email or social network sites that they have posted new photos. Not all photo sharing websites are equal, however, most users are sure to find a photo sharing website that will suit their particular needs.