Who Do You Think You Are: 4 Sites That Want To Know With The Help Of Shared Photos

Nancy Messieh 03-07-2013

shared photosThe Internet is all about show and tell, and nowhere is that more evident than on social media. On Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more. we are constantly sharing updates about where we are, what we’re doing, photos of ourselves as we’re doing them, and more. We are a generation of over-sharers – every photo of coffee, breakfast or cocktail on Instagram can attest to that.


That said, there is a lot of “sharing” on the Internet that is pretty interesting. A variety of show-and-tell websites encourage users to share photos that give a glimpse into their lives, without giving away too much. The photos often say something about what kind of person you are, what matters most to you, or where you’re most comfortable.

We’ve put together a list of a few sites that encourage users to submit photos of their workspaces, their most prized possessions, and their homescreens, in no particular order.

Share Your Workspace

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One place that says a lot about who you are as a person is your workspace. After all, it’s the place you spend at least eight hours a day. There are a few places where you can share photos of your workspace. Deskography is a site dedicated to just that. After creating a free account, you can upload a photo of your workspace. Have multiple offices or places that you work? You can upload all of them to your profile. Other users can comment on and like your photos.

Deskography is not the only place you can share photos of your workspace. If you want to share them with us, head over to Instagram, and tag photos of your workspace with #muoworkspace to share it with other MakeUseOf readers. You can also see some of our own team’s workspaces on our Instagram and Pinterest accounts.


Another site that encourages submissions of your workspace photos is Lifehacker. You can do this by either submitting the photo to the Flickr group, or through Kinja.

Share Your Prized Possessions

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One of our absolutely favorite sites of this kind has to be The Burning House. This Tumblr blog asks a very specific question – what would you take with you if your house was burning down? The answers are submitted in photo format, and submissions pretty much always make for fascinating and beautiful glimpses into other people’s lives.

The Burning House says a lot about you as a person because it shows the things that matter most to you. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of gadgets in The Burning House lineup, along with sentimental trinkets, important papers, photos, clothes, and even the occasional beer. Have you thought about what you would grab if you were put in that situation? As the site says, ” It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities.”


Share a Piece of History

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With Dear Photograph you can share two things at once. The site encourages readers to submit shared photos that have a little bit of history to them. In their own words, ” the idea is taking a snapshot — usually one featuring one or more people and dating from the film-photography era — and holding it up against the original setting so that past and present blend into a new work of art.”

The site has become a fascinating study of history – showing how places have changed, and how you might have changed. The submissions are often poignant, as would be expected when looking back at an old familiar place with a sense of nostalgia.

Share Your iOS Homescreen

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If you’d rather share something a little less personal and a little more tech-related, then how about sharing your homescreen. The aptly named Homescreen is a site that allows users to share screenshots of their iPhone and iPad homescreens.

While this is far less personal than what you would grab if your house was burning down, don’t think it doesn’t let the viewer know a thing or two about you. In fact, how you organize your apps on your homescreen can apparently say a lot about who you are and what your priorities are.

What other show-and-tell sites can you think of? Do you think that these sites are sharing too much, or that they’re an interesting look into other people’s lives? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Photo Sharing, Photography.

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