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6 Best Ways to Share Digital Photos with Friends

Posted on: 09/23/10

Taking photos and storing them on your computer is pretty easy, but finding a way to share them with friend and family can be a hassle. The Internet offers many ways to share your digital photos, but what is the best option for you? Here are six effective ways to share your digital photos online:

  1. Photo-sharing websites: There are dozens of popular photo-sharing websitesincluding Kodak Gallery, ShutterFly, Flickr and Google Picasa. When you upload images to one of these websites, you can easily share your pictures through a link or email. Most of these sites also allow you to print, edit photos and store your photos.
  2. Social networking sites: If you’re on social networking sites such as Facebookor MySpace, you probably upload and share pictures with your friends all the time. Just make sure you pay attention to the privacy settings on your photo albums. Mark your album private if you don’t want your photos available to the public.
  3. Photoblog: If you are looking for a personalized way to share photos, create a Photoblog. A photoblog or photolog is similar to regular blogs, but focuses exclusively on photos as opposed to text. Just like a regular blog, users visiting your photoblog can view your photos and post comments. Websites like and will let you create a photoblog for free.
  4. Peer-to-peer photo sharing: Peer-to-peer (P2P) photo sharinghas some advantages over regular photo-sharing websites and other online sharing methods. When you use P2P photo sharing software (not to be confused with torrents) like Tonido, there’s no need to upload photos to a third-party website (like Kodak gallery, Shutterfly or Flickr).  P2P private photo sharing is probably the most secure method since photos are directly transferred from your computer to the recipient’s computer. The downfall? The person receiving the pictures needs to have the same P2P application.
  5. Instant messaging service: Most instant messaging clients including Skype, Google Talk and Yahoo! Messenger allows for instant file sharing, including photos. Simply drag-n-drop your photos to the chat window and share them with the person at the other end. Downfall? It’s only useful for sharing pictures one at a time.
  6. E-mail: If you only have a couple photos to share, send them as attachments to an email.

Try one of the techniques above the next time you want to share photos. If you need any help getting started with online photo sharing, call a Personal Technology Expert at 1-800-PC-Support (1-800-727-8776).


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