Before we had online photo storage services, we depended on Facebook to share our photos and, as an added advantage, store them. Another advantage was that our loved ones could access them easily and view them any time they wished to. What happens when you want to print these photos? What if you wanted to re-edit them and replace that beer mug with a glass of milk? Or better yet, what if you wanted to close your account and wanted to retrieve all those images? Image storage on the internet basically saved our lives at this point. Picture storage services are packed with fun features and are relatively affordable.
I guess the creators of popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter never really thought through the whole concept of posting images online. They probably thought that we all have that phone or camera we used to take those images safely packed at home or a folder on our computer labeled ‘Pics’. Accidents do happen resulting in either a loss of said phone or your laptop suddenly crashing. This is where a nifty little discovery called online storage comes in. The following are popular image storage sites on the internet:
This site is basically about simple online picture storage that promises easy organization. Those who want a real kick out of this one can make use of the geotagging features, social media sharing, commenting on photos, etc.
Flickr has easy privacy settings that help you protect your images against lurkers or people looking to steal them and use them as their own. It has top notch organizational tools to help you present your photos in order by arranging them in albums, according to the date they were taken, according to preference, file size, etc. You can also upload videos here. A starting account gives users up to 1TB of storage space which is great for someone who doesn’t have as many photos or videos.
The free account has an annoying feature that most people might not mind. Pop-up ads can come up after every 5 minutes. The only way to have an account without pop-up ads is to pay for it. Also, Flickr doesn’t offer a variety of multimedia features. A user simply uploads their media, after which they can either store it there or send it to their friends. In addition, the customer service support is something this site needs to improve on. They are not always reliable necessitating you to wait until assistance will show up.
Photobucket is a popular online platform that is mostly used by teens. It provides unlimited photo and video storage (however, limits may apply).
Photobucket gives you plenty of ways to share images with others. It has a mobile app, Snapbucket, which allows you to access your images on the go. The free account is enough for casual photographers.
This app is not for everyone. The features aren’t always easy to understand. Also, the community is mainly based of teens. The file limits can’t cut it for high resolution photos making it a site that doesn’t suit professional photographers.
This site continues to be an online screenshots storage giant to reckon with. It mostly deals with prints. You can upload as many images as you like at no cost.
Has an unlimited image storage capacity and a wide array of fun tools you can use to edit your photos, create, etc. The default privacy settings allow you to protect your images against theft or lurkers. Shutterfly’s printing services are also very affordable. It works on iOS.
Shutterfly stores your high resolution photos, but only allows you to download them in compressed versions. This can be incredibly limiting for professional photographers. If you want these pictures in their original form, you will have to get them on a CD. This isn’t one of those sites that avid digital photographers will like.
There is no Android app, as yet.
These are just some of the online photo storage giants already dominating the highly competitive field. As you can see, all of them have one thing or two in which they are incredibly lacking. They all fail to maximize the experience of the user. We can expect a lot from upcoming sites such as Screen Kong. If I were you, I would definitely stay tuned.