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The Web is absolutely awash with images. Of all kinds. They’re everywhere, forming a major part of the majority of websites, or at least ones which want to treat visitors to some eye candy to complement the wall of text that may accompany them.

Pinterest has shown just how important images are to most Web users. Millions of people have signed up to share images they love with others. For nothing other than the joy of sharing. What is it about sharing photos, both our own and other people’s, that we find so addictive? What are the best methods for getting photos on to the Web and in front of the eyes of other people?

This Week’s Question…

What Is Your Preferred Method For Sharing Photos Online?

We recently asked you to name the best alternative mobile photo-sharing apps What Are The Best Alternatives To Instagram? [You Tell Us] What Are The Best Alternatives To Instagram? [You Tell Us] You know what's better than $1 million? $1 billion. Which is not only a line from some film or other (The Social Network, truth be told) but is also what must have gone through the... Read More you use (or could use if the recent Facebook acquisition goes badly) instead of Instagram. There are many, as Yaara’s article Save for a Rainy Day: The Top 6 Instagram Alternatives You Really Should Try [Android & iOS] Save for a Rainy Day: The Top 6 Instagram Alternatives You Really Should Try [Android & iOS] Instagram has been in the news non-stop these past two weeks. It started with the launch of its much anticipated Android app, and continued with the subsequent acquisition by Facebook. Both moves created heated reactions... Read More proves. But sharing photos online via a dedicated app isn’t the only way.

There are numerous websites offering the chance to upload and display 5 Online Photo Sharing Sites Which Are Free Alternatives To Flickr 5 Online Photo Sharing Sites Which Are Free Alternatives To Flickr Read More photos, such as Flickr and Picasa. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter also offer the space and tools needed to share photos on the Web with a wide audience. The right Tumblr theme can make your personal blog resemble a professional portfolio. That’s just a small number of the many options we have open to us when sharing photos online.

We want to know what your preferred method is? Which app, site, or social network do you turn to when you have a photograph you feel other people need to see? We Ask You… now You Tell Us. All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week.

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  1. Paul
    May 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I'm all for sharing through Google Services so for me G+ is the best option. The person doesn't even need to have a G+ account since it will email the pics (or whatever else I share) to them. I got rid of my FB account a long time ago due to the better features of G+

  2. Esteban
    May 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I've tried them all on android and found them to be mere little kids toys. But that may be because I'm a professional photographer (never said I'm any good at it, but the photo apps just suck really bad: taking pictures with a pro DSLR is really the only way for me to take "serious" pictures.)

    But, we still have to take pictures on the phone, and share them, don't we?

    I've found that Path is all I need. It can be very private, it can share to Facebook, it can post pictures of a place in Foursquare, it can tweet it.

    It also has those stupid Fisher Price filters that all the apps do, but I ignore them completely.

    So, Path for my personal/not serious photos and my company's site / facebook page for my professional work.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      I'm guessing apps were never developed with professionals in mind. But smartphones have helped make photographers of us all in some small way. Thanks for recommending Path :)

  3. Mo Claydon
    May 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Definitely blipfoto (, only one photo a day/taken on the day but there's a real sense of community......the rest go on Flickr

    • Dave Parrack
      May 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation. After just a brief look I can see there are some awesome photos on there.

  4. John Roads
    May 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Also, I'm noticing on Ovi's site that they're discontinuing service on May 30.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Oh, you're correct. There will be a lot of people searching for an alternative then :)

  5. John Roads
    May 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I primarily use Flickr. For sharing quick snaps of friends and events I sometimes use Facebook.

  6. ahmed almagraby
    May 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    G+ , Picasa and Dropbox

  7. Joshua Clarke
    May 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I really like It's really cool to be able to upload a photo you took somewhere and within a few days see it pop up in Google Earth! You can get a lot of views, comments and publicity this way (which is always good, right?). The community is friendly, but there isn't much in the way of privacy. It's more for sharing cool sights and places with the world, rather than a place to put your birthday photos and share them with grandma. It's a niche website, but this niche is pretty popular.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Wow, great website, thanks for sharing :) There are some fantastic photographs on there.

  8. Nikolaos Dimopoulos
    May 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm


  9. gautch
    May 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I just started using + dropbox combo. It makes it easy to add photos and update the gallery. Its as easy as adding a photo to a folder on your computer because its actually just Dropbox. For example:

    • Dave Parrack
      May 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation. I hadn't previously heard of

  10. alexister
    May 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    By person.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      So not online then...

  11. Karkala Nayak
    May 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    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

    • Dave Parrack
      May 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks for a great response, Karkala. Do you trust Picasa to keep your photos safe online without having a backup on your computer?

      • Karkala Nayak
        May 5, 2012 at 4:53 am

        Well, The photos that I upload to Picasa are usually old..and I wouldn't mind even if they get lost in the cyberspace or get deleted. However I do not upload photos that may be old but are still excellent or that may have preserved some amount of good old memories....In other words..I would be saying " I upload photos to picasa that are no longer in interest either to me nor to anyone." :)

  12. Randy Blake
    May 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I use Picasa, Gmail, G+ and my website

  13. JaneN
    May 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Flickr - Where I started, where I stay. but I DO like being able to share MY OWN photos from Flickr to Pinterest now without any fiddly work-arounds. Thanks, Flickr!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I'm also on Flickr, although the push to get me to sign up for a premium account is putting me off somewhat.

  14. Krishnapriya
    May 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Facebook and flickr

  15. Faunce Zepeda
    May 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    My favorite way to take pictures and share them is Instagram. I can share them to facebook, flickr, and twitter all in one click. definitely my fave. Oh and I share privately on facebook.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Do you have favorite filters on Instagram?

      • Faunce Zepeda
        May 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        Oh yes! x-PRO II is my all time fave.

        • Dave Parrack
          May 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

          Good choice :)

  16. Helen Ruebel
    May 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I use picasa to store and the easiest way to share with the most people is Facebook. I use gmail to share personal photos.

  17. Tobias
    May 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Storage: Dropbox (short term), my FTP (long term)

    Sharing: Facebook

  18. Ufoguy
    May 4, 2012 at 4:42 am

    Facebook and flickr.

  19. Steven
    May 4, 2012 at 4:23 am

    For my personal photos, I use Picasa.

  20. Brett
    May 4, 2012 at 4:20 am

    I use my own website and Flickr. For private photos, I'll use Facebook.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

      I can see Facebook getting a lot of love here. Thanks for commenting.

  21. Garrett Chinn
    May 4, 2012 at 4:13 am

    My preferred ways of sharing photos online is through my website and Flickr.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

      What determines which they go on? Personal vs. Public?

      • Garrett Chinn
        May 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        For Public photos I use both my website and Flickr and for personal photos, I use Facebook.

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