Online media storage may be one of the best inventions yet of the computer age. Not only does it spell convenience, efficiency and sharing, it has also produced its share of Internet celebrities and sudden onslaughts of trends and fads. Online media storage actually also does its share in preserving resources, saving you from haveing to use blank DVD discs, dual layer media, disk media or USBs to store your important files, when all you have to do is to open your own storage account, which you can access at your convenience.
But how do you define online media storage? Online media storage, as the name implies, is generally free storage space that you can access anywhere there is an Internet connection. Some popular examples include Youtube (for videos) and Flickr and Photobucket (for digital photographs).
If you'd like to know more about how online media storage works, here are some of the basic facts that you might find useful:
Types of online media storage. There are so many available online media storage options nowadays. Typically, its features include virtually unlimited storage (Oosah.com boasts of 1Terabyte storage space; that's equivalent to a thousand Gigabytes), no specific software needed (just an Internet connection), functional security, and options either just for storage or for storage and sharing. For the latter, there are options for you to link your blog to the particular file that you would like to share with the public, or just to allow the public (or chosen contacts) to access the images or other media.
These online media storage options also allow you to organize your files with personalized folders and galleries. Some online storage options also allow you to directly edit files without having to download it to your computer's hard-drive first.
Know that there are some types of storage that allows only media storage (such as pictures and videos), but there are others that allow actual applications such as spreadsheet and word documents, as well as game media.
Some storage options have limits to how many files you can upload or download daily; typically, a premium kit (one that has monthly charges) enables you to upload a significantly larger number of files.
How to use them. How would you take advantage of these online media storage sites? You could go to such websites as Omnidrive.com, Box.net, and Xdrive.com. Typically you'd need to fill out a form (providing info such as your name, email address, etc.), create an account, and you'd have your own personalized storage space.
Some drawbacks. Some of the most common disadvantages of using online media storage is, of course, when you encounter an online problem and you don't be able to access your files.
Another major drawback is that once you use online media storage, you wouldn't know who would be viewing your files. This goes without saying when it comes to online media storage with sharing capabilities, but even with online media storage options that only offer storage capabilities. So though you can take advantage of these free and efficient storage options, it's not a wise move to use these for highly sensitive data and personalized information.
Some other guidelines include avoiding posting media that could incriminate or defame another person; you wouldn't know where this would find its way to, and you may find yourself facing legal battles because of it.
Other options. If you want to download videos from an online media storage site (such as Youtube), you may want to learn more about media converters that would convert videos to your preferred format (AVI, MP3 or MP4, and many others). This would enable you to view these files from your computer, MP3 player, or mobile phone. Some online media converters include Vixy.net, Zamzar and Tubefish.
There you have it! These are just some of the basics that you'd need to know about how online media storage works. It's good to take advantage of this available technology, but remember to practice caution when using them. Good luck!