One of the most significant developments that have helped the world come closer is photo sharing sites. Literally! By means of these sites, we can share our photos will our near and dear ones from across the world, so that they know what we are up to. If you have your family settled in a foreign country, you could show them the photos of your baby online. They wouldn't feel so distant then, would they? Of course, this is just one of the most obvious uses. There are many more uses of photo sharing than even its developers must have thought of at the outset.
What are Photo Sharing Sites?
These are sites that allow you to upload your photos on the Internet, from where people can access these photos. Now, you can put the photos either in the public domain, or in the private domain. If the photos are in the public domain, then anyone is free to look at the photos, but if they are in the private domain, then only people whom you invite can see the photos. So, it is up to you how personal you want to keep your photos.
Most times, photo sharing works in tandem with chat and email messengers. Once you have an email account, you can use the messenger's service of uploading your photos. Then, you can invite people from your messenger list to view these photos. Or, you can put the photos up in the public domain where everyone can see them.
On the other hand, some of the exclusive sites will allow you to send photos through email. These sites will first scan the hard disk of your computer and then systematically collect all the photos on their site. You can make folders, and give captions and titles to each of these photos if you want. Once the photos are thus read, you can then tweak the photos by applying various graphics effects to them. Some of the better sites have so many features that you would begin thinking they are full-blooded photo manager sites and not just photo sharing sites.
Then there's something better―you can simply select the photos from this uploaded list and then send them to people you want by email. Such sites have options whereby you can select whichever email messenger service you are working with, and then select people from that list to send the photos to them.
The best part is that the sites will send the photos to your email list within a fraction of the time it would take to send by regular email. The time is reduced by about one-tenth of the total time. You can even order hard prints of the photos from the sites. At a small cost, the photos will be taken in hard copies and will be delivered to your doorstep.
Advantages of Photo Sharing Sites
The advantages are too numerous to mention, but, of course, the most important is that you can very easily share your photos with people from across the world. There is no need to send lengthy descriptions of things in letters of emails―you can simply send the photos. With equal ease! There is no limit to the number of photos you can upload and send too; so if you want you can send complete albums. This is very economical if you have had an event in the family. Instead of making hardcopy albums for each of the families you want to send photos to, you can just share photos with them online. In addition, you can add captions, which means you can actually describe what's happening in each photo in your own creative way.
Photo sharing sites are also very helpful if you are accustomed to making chat friends from all over the world. You can share your photos with them and get to know each other better. These are very helpful on dating sites too. A lot of photos make the person seem more real, and one can know more about them. Photo sharing really helps to take the online dating relationships further without many apprehensions.
Photo sharing sites are becoming important in business too, where people are sharing their product images with their distributors from across the world. This is one more step in the true globalization of world business.
Most photo sharing sites are free. You will have to become a member of them in order to access their functions. However, the editing features they offer might be limited. Once you try out these free sites, you might want to check out the trials of some of the more sophisticated sites on the Internet.