Thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to stay connected to friends and family. By using an image uploading service, you can keep relatives and friends well-informed about changes in your life.
As an Internet marketer, if you’re limited on hosting storage, it makes perfect sense to use online file sharing websites – especially if you run more than one blog.
Here are 5 of the most popular file sharing websites currently available to share treasured memories with friends and family or to host visual content that would otherwise take up too much space on your hosting account.
Flickr.com – This is the most popular of all photo-sharing websites with more than 1.1 million sites linking in to it. Flickr offers multiple ways to get your photos on the Internet and currently hosts more than 8 billion photos. If you’re an avid photographer, this image sharing website is the perfect way to share them with the world.
One of the coolest features of Flickr is the ability to embed a slideshow on your website. You can categorize photos for public or private viewing and show real-time updates from Flickr to your blog, Facebook or Twitter account.
Imgur.com – This service is one of my favorites; I used this website before any other free image-sharing service on the Internet. You can upload directly from your computer, by entering a web URL, and even through e-mail (which is a completely new service since I first started using the website).
The reason I like this service so much is due to all the link choices that are provided after your image is uploaded. You’ll get several choices between links for email, direct page URL, HTML code, BBcode for message boards and forums, and code for Reddit comments.
You can do all this without an account or register for a free account – if that triggers your fancy. They’ll even allow you to register through a Twitter, Google, Facebook or Yahoo account. Of course, I’d prefer being able to share video too, but that’s not possible at this time.
Photobucket.com – This online service offers you photograph and video sharing services through a registration account. The site is open for anyone who is older than 14 years old; though some of their services are only available to registered members.
You are required to share a valid email address and agree you won’t break any laws while using the service. Naturally, this should go without saying for any website you use!
There is no monetary cost associated with registering as a free member. You are held responsible for the content shared or stored on Photobucket and allowed up to 2GB of free storage space. Though, you can opt to gain more storage or bandwidth through a paid account.
Tinypic.com – This photo sharing website service is offered by Photobucket, Inc., which allows you to upload, store, and link to images or videos through a unique URL that’s provided to you by the service. You aren’t allowed to share prohibited content, such as offensive, racist, bigotry, hatred, nudity, or violence (to name a few).
PostImage.org – This free image-hosting service was started in 2004 to provide an easy way to upload images that are used on forum posts. They tout the service is easy to use for linking to auctions, message boards, blogs, and/or other website services. One of the best points about this service is that you’re not required to register or login to use the tool.
Most of all – be mindful of others. Don’t upload content that doesn’t belong to you or violates someone else’s rights. Don’t share offensive material or your account login information. You’re at the mercy of the delete button so it’s best to follow the rules to gain the most from your membership.
Your turn! Do you use any file sharing websites for your visual content? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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Image Credit: MorgueFile.com, ImgUr.com, Tinypic.com, Photobucket.com, Flickr.com and Postimage.org