I’m not a photography expert nor do I have an expensive fancy camera. I do snap a lot of photographs which I like to look through myself, and share with friends & family. I’ve been a Flickr user for a few years now, and I recently upgraded my Google storage so my friends could upload photos to my account. I’ve also got photographs on Facebook, Panoramio (landscapes only), Nokia’s Ovi site and have used Photobucket in the past.
I don’t upload my photographs for backup purposes as I have Carbonite at the moment. All I want is the best place to share my photographs with my contacts – but which is best?
|Free service available?||200 pictures (you can upload more but only see the last 200)||1Gb of uploads for free||Unlimited|
|Picture quality||Will store full quality photos||Will store full quality pictures||Stores a low quality copy of your photo|
|Cost of paid service||$25||$5 for 20 Gb
(shared with Gmail)
|Privacy||Can set photos to public, friends, family or Flickr contacts (linked to Yahoo IDs) Can hide photos from search engines too||Can set to public or private (can share a secret URL to give access to unlisted photos)||Can make photos public or share with friends or friends of friends.|
|Software support for uploading||Many services and software products support Flickr
e.g. Flickr uploadr
|Picasa software from Google (also supports face tagging and simple editing)||Lots of software (e.g. Picasa, Live Gallery) support Facebook photos|
|Social aspect||Can upload thumbnail automatically into Facebook Easy to send to a blog or to twitter.||Facebook can pull in photos from Picasaweb but can be unreliable.
Easy to send to twitter
|Photos shown to all your friends immediately. Can tag Facebook friends.|
(storing the coordinates where a photo was taken)
|Supports geotagged photos (can also geotag photos)||Supports geotagged photos (can also geotag photos)||Can add a location to album description|
|Face tagging||Can tag photos manually (only for Flickr users)||Will automatically recognise photos and ask you to match them to your contacts||Can tag photos manually (for Facebook users)|
|Downloading photos||Can allow anyone/contacts to download a full copy of your photos (or download your own photos using special software)||Can download whole albums you have access to using the Picasa software||Why would you want to download low quality images from Facebook?
(no mechanism exists to do this easily)
|Community||Flickr is a social network in itself. Lots of people comment on photos however I personally don’t make much use of the community (Groups is a useful feature where you can add photos to interest groups)||There isn’t really much of a community linked to Picasaweb.||The community that can interact with your photos are your Facebook friends. They can comment on your photos and tag themselves on your photos.|
|Flexibility||Can arrange photos in various groups, albums and visitors can view your photostream||Photos have to be uploaded in albums||Photos arranged into albums|
|Organisational tools||Can bulk edit, tag, change privacy, geotag.||Bulk actions are not easy||Can change tags, move photos between albums|
|Check who has been looking at your photos||Good analytics – easy to tell which photos have been viewed and where viewers came from||Integrates with Google Analytics to see who has viewed your photos – not for beginners||No idea who has seen your photos|