They say a picture is worth a thousand words and there is no better way to keep your friends and family up-to-date about what is going on in your life than by sharing your photos with them, but how do you share photos online? Sharing photos online is a great alternative to the old fashioned style of photo sharing which called for you to get a dozen or so prints of a specific picture, place each picture in an envelope and then stamp each envelope before you mailed away the photo, hoping the entire time that the Post Office wouldn’t ruin it. Say goodbye to that ugly mess.
There are many different sites online right now that will let you upload your photos to them and you can then decide who can and can’t have access to those photos. With these sites you simply upload your photos and then you can arrange them into certain folders that you can then either e-mail to your friends and family or even easier, let them have access to take a look for themselves.
While the number of photo sharing sites is growing, there are three in particular that have been around for a while and are very user friendly and best of all free:
Flickr: This site allows you to upload your photos from your desktop, your digital camera, or even your picture phone. Once in your Flickr account you can edit all your pictures using their free editing software. You can the organize your pictures into files and folders or even albums and then share them with your friends and family which is all dictated by the privacy controls in which you set up. The site is easy to use and there are many tutorials to walk you through the process step-by-step.
Photobucket: Just like Flickr it is free to join and to upload your photos. You can edit and organize your photos and group them in your own albums or group them together with your friend’s and family’s albums. You can share your photos with whomever you wish and they don’t even have to be a member of Photobucket, you just have to provide them with a link to view your photos. Photobucket also features easy to use tools that walk you through any process should you get stuck.
Snapfish: Yet another free site that allows you to upload, edit, and organize your photos how you see fit. Share your photos with your loved ones by sending them an invitation to become a free member of Snapfish and then they will be able to view at their leisure. If you get confused, don’t worry, the site is extremely easy to use and has many interactive tools to help you out along the way.
Any one of these sites is easy to use and again free of charge. It has never been easier to keep your friends and family in the loop about what is going on in your life. Now that you know where to go to share your photos online, let your trigger finger go nuts and snap away until your heart’s content, your friends and family are waiting.
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