Online photo albums are a great service for anyone who takes pictures. With these services, you can upload and store all of your files, giving you the peace of mind that should something happen to your computer your photos will not be lost. Many of these sites also allow its users to virtually "share" selected pictures, via e-mail link, and purchase their photos as a tangible print.
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Flickr is rated as the top online photo album. You can upload and store as many pictures as you want, share them with your friends, tag each photo on a map of the world to record where it was taken, do basic photo editing and finally order prints of the pictures you want. Flickr also offers video uploads to share.
Shutterfly's primary business is for selling prints and other objects with your pictures. It has unlimited photo storage and photo sharing as well, but its primary market is in orders. You can order anything from photo books, to posters, to coffee mugs. Once you decide on how you want your picture to be used you can e-mail your creation to family and friends so they can purchase them as well. First-time users receive 50 prints when they sign up for the service.
Photobucket is a basic online photo album. Its primary service is uploading, organising and sharing photos. The free package gives users 1 gigabyte of storage with organizational and editing capabilities. What sets Photobucket apart is its online community where users can share their skills and creativity with Photobucket users from all over the world.
Another great use for Photobucket is when multiple people take pictures at the same event. You simply set up an album and e-mail the link to everyone involved. Everyone can then upload their pictures for all to share and enjoy.
My Photo Album
Another option in the online photo album realm is a site called My Photo Album. Like many of the others, it allows users to upload, organise, share, edit and "personalize" their pictures. It also gives users 20 free prints when they sign up for the service.
Snapfish, a company run by Hewlett Packard, is very much like Shutterfly. It offers all the same services and specialises in selling merchandise with your pictures on them. Create, personalise and share your images in many different incarnations. First-time users get 50 free prints as an incentive to sign up.
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