It’s amazing that some of us are still using e-mail to send pictures to our friends and family. There isn’t anything wrong with that, other than the fact that it isn’t the most efficient way to do it anymore. The Pony Express served its purpose back in the day … but FedEx and UPS are a much better solution today.
E-mail used to be a great way to send photos — it was definitely a step up from snail mail. You didn’t need a stamp or a “do not bend” statement on the envelope. All you needed was a digital camera (or a scanner), an e-mail address, and a semi-interested recipient.
So what has changed? Well, the biggest problem is that most e-mail services limit the size and number of files that you can send to and from their servers. When you whittle Johnny’s birthday photos down to six or seven crucial poses and you still don’t have room to send them, something has to give.
With the rise of cloud computing based services, photos no longer have to travel through cyberspace searching for an inbox. Photo sharing sites have given us all a better way to organize and share photos. Here are some of the benefits that come with a photo sharing Web site or service:
Once you upload your photos to the server, they are there until you choose to take them down. They are also available to any others you invite.
Instead of sending an e-mail loaded with megabytes of information, you simply send a link to your friends and family. They get to see your photos and keep their inboxes relatively clean.
When you store your photos on an online source, you create an instant backup of your data. If something should happen to your originals, you will always have access to the photos you have already uploaded.
Store your photos in one location; reference them from several. You can put links to your photos on your blog, Facebook page, Tweets, and more. There is no need to put your photos in a million different locations once they are already safely in the “cloud.” Many photo sharing sites also allow you to upload and access photos in a mobile environment, lest your phone feel excluded.
Which service is the best? That’s for you to decide. There are several great services available including Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, and more.
Whatever company you choose, you will gain tools and features that just aren’t available with the old-school way of sending photos through e-mail. You’ll be able to share your memories without exhausting your computer’s memory. Put your photos where they belong — out where everyone you love can see them.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.