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You can’t venture far online before seeing a photo of some description. There are whole websites dedicated to hosting your photos, and smartphone apps allowing you to share them with the wider world.

With so many options available, we want to know how you personally share your photos online. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Spotify Got It By A Country Mile

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “What Is The Best Music Streaming Service?

Out of a total of 701 votes, 49.8% chose Spotify, 13.8% chose Google Play Music, 9.6% chose Pandora, 7% chose Grooveshark, 4.7% chose Deezer, 3.6% chose Rdio, 1.9% chose Xbox Music, 1% chose Beats Music, 0% chose Sony Music Unlimited, and 8.6% chose Other.

This represents a huge win for Spotify Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify. Start it up, tell it what song or artist you want to listen to, and you start listening. You can access your playlists anywhere you have an Internet connection. Read More , which polled almost half of all the votes received. Rdio Rdio: One of the Best Music Streaming Apps for iPhone Rdio: One of the Best Music Streaming Apps for iPhone Rdio provides a free limited music streaming service and an inexpensive unlimited streaming service for $5 monthly. For an extra $5 per month, you can also stream Rdio to your iPhone using this app. Read More , often seen as Spotify’s biggest rival, did badly by comparison. Of those named in the comments, iTunes Radio, Songza, SoundCloud, and Saavn all deserve honorable mentions.

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Comment Of The Week

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For me, it’s a tie between Spotify and iTunes Radio.

I like that Spotify works on both my Mac and Android phone, and it’s cheap where I live, but I think that iTunes Radio gets a better mix on the stations I make. Spotify frequently throws in music that I have no idea why it is there. It has nothing in common with the music I chose that started the station, whereas iTunes gives me a good mix and a mix that is adjustable, and I can add different items, whether artists, albums, or whatever, to further broaden its scope, while not getting too broad.

So, Spotify works for its near-universality, and iTunes is customizable and accurate. And yes, I have odd/far-off-the-mainstream tastes.

We chose this comment because it mentions two strong streaming music services, one which was listed in the poll and one which was missing. The commenter then suggests the good and bad points of both services. Because nothing is ever perfect.

I’m So Over Sharing

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Photos are ubiquitous on the Web, being seen everywhere from blog posts to social networks. The old adage that, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” has never been truer, especially with the short attention spans with which most of us are now cursed.

Everybody seems extremely keen to share their own personal photos online with others, whether limited to friends and family, or on view to all and sundry. We want to know how you personally share your photos online Top 4 Photo Websites To Share One Photo Everyday Top 4 Photo Websites To Share One Photo Everyday Read More , whether Facebook or Flickr, Instagram or Dropbox.

Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments below why you voted that way. The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.

Image Credits: Halfrain and Sherman Geronimo-Tan via Flickr

  1. periyasamy
    November 23, 2014 at 1:33 pm
  2. Maarten J
    November 21, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    I don't share pictures online using any of the services mentioned in the poll, I just send them directly to someone or a group via messaging apps (Whatsapp/Telegram). I prefer to narrowcast rather than broadcast.

    Sometimes, when someone wants an original size copy (as WhatsApp resizes & compresses all pictures) I'll e-mail it or send it via wetransfer or the likes.

  3. Maryon Jeane
    November 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I agree with every sentiment expressed by Henk - they're my sentiments almost word-for-word! (Including the rural situation thing - I've got friends in very remote parts of the world doing National Geographic-type research who've got better communications than I have!)

    The only thing I would add - and this is why I voted 'Dropbox' - is that I find photos highly useful and definitely worth the proverbial thousand words when it comes to communicating physical problems with a view to getting a solution. So when we had problems fitting an undersink water filtration unit a picture of the layout of the interior of the cupboard, with annotations giving measurements, allowed the fitter to give the advice needed without a callout; when the shower unit stopped working a picture of it without the cover enabled the plumber to diagnose the fault and get hold of a replacement without a preliminary visit - big savings in time and money all round.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      They certainly sound like effective uses of photos. And something I have never considered before. That's a bit of a lifehack others could use, I'm sure.

  4. Coby
    November 11, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Am I severely affected from 37 straight hours of sleep deprivation, or is there truly no poll (to determine how we share our pictures) anywhere on this page that this article refers to in the last paragraph? So confused about what I'm seeing right now. Where is the poll? Where's my brain, while we're at it? Soooo tired......

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      I think you should get some rest, because there is definitely a Poll sitting there right above the final paragraph. Could it be that you're running an ad-blocker or something similar which means it isn't showing up for you?

  5. likefunbutnot
    November 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I have Picasa, but I don't share anything with other people. It's just where my devices send pictures as I take them. On rare occasions, I do post pictures to Imgur. If I have some reason to share photos, I'll set up a gallery on a personal web server and gate it with security that's appropriate to the content.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      You don't even share photos with family and friends who live far away? Imgur should have probably made the Poll, but it totally slipped my mind.

  6. Amar
    November 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    500 Px and National Geographic. Peer groups that appreciate images.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      500px is a great site. What kinds of photos do you personally share on there?

    • Amar
      November 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Dear Dave
      Primarily a bird watcher. On 500Px I share bird image, but also what ever catches my eye when I am out in the jungle (nature). My bird images are also posted here (3000+) for use:
      orientalbirdimages.org/photographers.php?action=birder&Birder_ID=545
      Because of this site & others like it have images in ~ 12 international bird publications. My other site I post: besgroup.org/
      Amar

  7. James Howde
    November 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Well I thought I was going to look a right loner ticking the never option but no. It's nice to feel part of a community - even if it is people united by not really being part of the community.

    I don't share photos (at least in the way I've taken it you're using share) as 99% of what I take are memory joggers of no great artistic merit. I do 'share' them with people that might be interested, usually by e-mail (via a drop site if there's a lot). though often I'll be seeing them again and can do it physically.

    I know I'm in a minority though from the difficulty I have persuading photo management suits that these are my photos, on my computer and that's where they will be staying so will you stop trying to register me for on-line accounts I don't need or want.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Sharing can take many forms. I meant it in regards to sharing single images with family and friends just as much as posting artistic shots to imageboards! What file-sharing service do you use? I'm guessing it can't be Dropbox.

  8. Kenney
    November 10, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Depends what sort of photo it is. Pictures of people I will put on Facebook. For more artistic photos I will use Google+ or flickr. Then for random miscellaneous stuff I will use Instagram.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      What is your reasoning behind that? Do artistic shots look better on G+ and Flickr than they do on FB?

    • Kenney
      November 15, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      I guess I go to G+ and Flickr for sharing beyond my immediate circle of friends. Not that there aren't ways to do that with FB, but it's just not how I use that service. G+ has quite the community of photography hashtag themes. On Flickr I put creative commons licenses on most of my photos, which allows people to make use of them as long as they give attribution.

  9. Marco Sarli
    November 10, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Good photos are meant to be seen . Most of the photos shared should not be seen. They should not been taken. Photography can be a form of art, a way of documenting an event, the expression of a feeling . It reflects the personality ,education and sensibility of the photographer.
    Most of what I see is useless and empty ,reflecting ...nothing or,at best,a monster ego without a life project.It is scary. Photography has been,for over 30 years, one of the ways I use to express myself , to filter reality through my sensibility and ,humbly, if and when possible ,leave a mark.
    As any other form of expression ,photography has a learning curve, requires discipline , needs a project and a great dose of modesty and respect for oneself and the others.
    It would be nice if people stopped sharing indiscriminately and started to really look at things and think.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      I agree with some of what you said. The rise of the smartphone means people are increasingly able to take photos of anything and everything, and that means there is a lot more noise in this field. Having said that, surely if taking a picture of their food is someone's way of expressing themselves then that is no less valid than whatever it is you photograph to express yourself.

  10. WinDork
    November 10, 2014 at 12:49 am

    During my son's soccer games I take photographs which are automatically uploaded to my OneDrive. After the game I share the link with the file of photos with the soccer coach for him to use at his discretion. I may share with others at my discretion. Beyond that type of (event) photography, however, I am not sharing photographs online.

    Candidly, I have viewed enough facing-the-bathroom-mirror selfies online to make me want to retch.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Is there anyone left alive who hasn't taken a selfie at this point? That trend has to die soon, surely.

  11. Leah
    November 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I rarely share photos online but when I do it's either Facebook or Photobucket (in which the link gets to sent to those I want to see it).

  12. Christian Cawley
    November 9, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I'm all for Instagram at the moment, especially since I've just installed Instwogram so I can share my Doctor Who related images (kasterborousdw) from the same device as my personal landscape and family snaps.

    However, I share the same images to Facebook, as I imagine others do, at the same time they're uploaded to Instagram, which of course won't be reflected in the poll...

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Ah, good point. I don't like making these multiple choice, as I feel it adversely affects the results. But the whole Instagram/Facebook thing was an oversight.

  13. Antonio Gil
    November 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Well, I (almost) never share my photos online, at least not the ones where myself, or my family appear (sadly enough, there are some photos where I appear and were taken by someone but me, and that is out my control).

    I used to use Dropbox/Google Drive (for sharing, and storage). About why I left Dropbox, or Google Drive, for storing that kind of files... Well, Dropbox can access to my files under the right circumstances. And Google... Despite the fact that I use Gmail, Google Plus, and other Google services.... I think that storing *all* that photos is too risky for me (I don't fully trust on the ever present integration with Google Plus... you know).

    Now I use SpiderOak for store/backup them, and (when necessary) email/USB for sharing them. The reason is non other that the feeling about having the more possible control about that (being honest, everything that goes online is susceptible to be unsafe [for say something]).

    I could take a stronger stance about privacy, but I'm still learning hehe

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      You can at least untag yourself from these photos, no? And if you're really upset by them being online ask the uploader to delete them. That is your right to do so.

  14. Nikko
    November 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I personally am not a big fan of sharing my photos online. Although I have a Facebook account, I've since taken down most of my personal photos and downloaded them back into my hard drive for personal use.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      For what reason? Just taking a step back from oversharing stuff?

    • Nikko
      November 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I just see no good reason for sharing my personal photos, especially on a social media platform like Facebook where privacy is a major issue. If I had to take a picture, I would keep it on my phone and simply show it to people I think can relate to it, not to the whole world right away.

  15. Rick
    November 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I actually prefer Picasa Web Albums to Google+ because of the layout and the fact that the web pages load quicker, but they are basically tied to Google+. That is to say that uploading a picture to one puts it in both. I like to post my hiking and caving photos online mainly as a way to share them with my friends and people who read my modest blog, though I don't really care who else sees most of them. Out of nearly 800 albums, only a few dozen are kept private and most of those are non-hiking photos.

    Since I am so strongly tied into Google's services and products, it makes sense to use Picasa/Google+ for me, especially when I have unlimited storage at reduced resolution and they have good editing options on Google+ and good organizational abilities on both. These also form one level of my cloud backup of my photos.

    I also upload all of my saved photos to Flickr at full res for a second cloud backup, but all of these are kept private.

    As for Facebook, I only upload a few at a time and include links to the larger albums on Picasa/Google+.

    • Tamara
      November 9, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      This is basically what I was going to say. Picasa Web is my spot for photos. I also upload just a few photos to FB and then link over to Google. I get to to organize & store my photos, and other people can decide if they care to look through them all!

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      I should have probably included Picasa as an option in the Poll, eh. Do you pay for Flickr or just use the free offering?

    • Rick
      November 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      I just use the free service on Flickr. Right now I have about 40-45 Gb of photos, so it will be a LONG time before I need more than a terabyte...

  16. dragonmouth
    November 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I don't share my photos because they have significance only to me and maybe my family. I am also not so vain to think that the world will stop spinning if I don't share my "masterpieces". A Steichen or Burke-White I ain't.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      I'm the same when it comes to photos of family or friends, but have you never taken a scenic shot and felt you'd like to share that with the wider world?

    • dragonmouth
      November 13, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      In a word, No. Scenic shots lose a lot without context as in "you had to be there." A picture needs at least a thousand words to convey the personal experience of that moment.

  17. Adrian
    November 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    "Everybody seems extremely keen to share their own personal photos online..."

    Not everybody, not by a longshot.

    I don't share photos online because I'm concerned about privacy and unauthorized use of my intellectual property. If I do send photos, it's by e-mail only...definitely not via those social networking sites.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      I was generalizing, obviously. Sharing photos online has become very commonplace over the last few years thanks to smartphones.

      What do you if you want to share more than a few photos at a time? Email isn't great for that.

  18. Henk van Setten
    November 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    OK, I fall in the "I Never Share My Photos Online" category. I don't even have a Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram account.

    A general remark first: of all the "personal" photos I occasionally encounter online, 82% are totally uninteresting and boring. 17% are not people's own photos at all, but stolen (sometimes photoshopped) copies of originals found elsewhere. Only the remaining 1% may be worth a look. Yes, these percentages are estimates ;-)

    Why don't I share mine?

    (1) I don't make that many photos. My phone (Galaxy Note II) has a fairly good camera, but I only use it when there is a clear, specific reason to snap a picture. Let me check... my last two photos were taken Oct. 29, so that's 10 days ago. These two show an old painting: I needed some photos for an online search to try and identify the subject and the artist who painted the original. I don't see a reason to bother the entire world with things like this.

    (2) Most of my own photos are... you guess it, uninteresting and boring. I'm not a truly intriguing photographer with truly unique subjects. I can also put this in another way: apparently, most people grandiosely overestimate their own qualities as a photographer. Many seem to think they make great or interesting photos every day, while in fact most of the time they do not. I guess my own self-perception is a little more realistic.

    (3) If once in a while one of my photos may be of interest to someone else, then why share it with 1000 people instead of just sharing it with that particular person? If I see a reason why someone (friend, family) should actually see one of my photos, I simply email it to them. And the nicest and easiest way is to show them the photo not online but in person, by just having them take a look at my 5.5" phone screen. In the rare case they say they want a copy for themselves, I still can mail it to them.

    (4) Frequent uploading? I happen to live in a rural low-bandwith area. All those nice Premium Internet company offers do never apply here because of inadequate infrastructure. My download speed is fair (though never over 6 Mbps) but my upload speed is at best 0.5 Mbps and often much lower, slow as molasses. Yes, dear urban geeks: even in the civilized Western world, situations like this are still very common and this may still be a factor to consider!

    (5) Perhaps most important here is a prime matter of basic philosophy. It looks like for some people, the evident way to enjoy memorable moments has degenerated into just snapping and sharing some photos -- and then to forget. This makes the phone or the camera into a shield that stands between you and the actual experience. This diverts your concentration from the event itself towards marginal activies. Please believe me: the ideal way to experience and remember a beautiful sunset is not by making and sharing a photo of it, but allowing all your senses to be totally immersed by it: really seeing colors and silhouettes, really hearing birds and insects, really smelling grass and leaves or the salt of the sea, really feeling the touch of a breeze or a hand.

    Living in a truly mindful way requires fully concentrating on the experience that matters, without thinking of anything else. If you manage to bring that off, then you may be more happy and more intense with less photos.

    • Aibek
      November 11, 2014 at 5:33 am

      "This makes the phone or the camera into a shield that stands between you and the actual experience"

      I second!

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Wow, epic comment is epic!

      1. Fair enough. This may be a generational thing, because people under a certain age will document everything that happens in their lives no matter how uninteresting it may be.

      2. I'm sure you have taken photos that the world would appreciate. They don't have to be exceptional to be worth viewing.

      3. Email is a good option for one or two photos, but it's good to have another option when you want to share a whole album.

      4. Yeah, that sucks :)

      5. I wholeheartedly agree with this. I have been known to take photos, but never at the expense of actually enjoying the moment. This is a notion kids don't seem to have got their heads around yet.

  19. Graham
    November 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I actually use several of the services you mention, but the number one has to be Flickr which after a period of change has settled down again and is reliable and easy to use. There is also a very large community of transport photographers on Flickr so the Groups feature is well used and popular. Pretty much everything I take goes to Flickr first, then I use Facebook and Google Plus to share some items depending on who I want to share with. Facebook for family and friends mostly. Google Plus would be my main choice if only more people would use it!

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      The fact no one uses it is definitely the biggest problem with Google +. It's a shame really.

      Flickr is a great choice. Do they still charge you at a certain point? That put me off a little a few years ago.

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