Kate Russell’s Traveller’s Web – Social photo sharing
Your trip abroad is bound to be the experience of a lifetime, but unless you have savant-level recall the details of those unforgettable moments will quickly fade from your mind. Digital and smartphone cameras now make it possible to take thousands of snaps, immortalising every moment of your trip, which you can then share with the world on your social networks. It’s estimated that more than 500-million images are shared online every single day; that’s one hell of a photo album so if you don’t want your precious moments to get lost in the tsunami of digital imagery, check out these memorable sharing tools and apps.
Facebook alone accounts for upwards of 300-million image-shares daily and the social media behemoth has built photo-sharing into the core function all of its native smartphone apps. No matter what device you’re using you can find the best app for your Facebook photo-sharing needs at Facebook.com/f4ep.
If your social activity fits better into 140 characters then you might prefer tweeting your pics with the built-in sharing service, Twitpic, which is also an integral part of native Twitter apps on every smartphone platform. You can also use Twitpic in a web browser to upload a batch of snaps from a friendly internet café on your travels, making room on your camera for more.
One of the lesser known social hubs that’s perfect for sharing images from your trip is Path. It’s been around since the end of 2010 but hasn’t made quite the splash that the other networks have. Perhaps this is because of the prescribed limit of 150 connections per account? But this limit makes it a much more personal social experience and the interface is absolutely made for chronicling a journey by sharing photos, video, sound-bites and location data to build a ‘path’ through your life. There are free apps for Android and iPhone and Nokia has said there will be a Windows Phone version available soon too.
If you’re one of the 150-million people posting 55-million photos a day through Instagram, you probably already know that Facebook snapped up this hugely popular photo sharing platform at the end of last year. This means the free apps on iPhone and Android (and again with a Windows Phone app reportedly being released imminently) make sharing to Facebook incredibly simple, plus the retro-look filters add personality and style that is timeless. It is worth noting with all of these free image sharing sites that you should read the terms and conditions if you’re concerned about privacy and intellectual property rights, as there is almost always a play off if you’re not a subscription-paying customer.
You’re probably not the only person in your social circle with memories to share, but if you don’t have time to sift through the meaningless chatter many people post on Facebook and Twitter you could try using Pixable to sift through it for you. This clever little site links to your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, pulling out all of the posts in your feed that contain photos. It then delivers them in a single time-line, providing a neat and stylish way to browse through your friend’s travel snaps without having read about how many cows they have in Farmville, or how many millions of candies they have crushed because they obviously have nothing better to do with their day. Free apps for iOS and Android are also available.
Having said you should be wary about giving up ownership of your photos when using a free service, Kee.ps is the one site I have found that smashes all the rules, providing a brilliantly simple platform for collecting and sharing albums that has no hidden clauses about profiting from your creativity or using your photos without your permission. As well as being totally private there is no limit on storage or individual file size (fair-usage policy aside to protect the site against miss-use), so it’s perfect if you want to save large high definition photos without reducing the resolution. It’s also ridiculously simple to use, letting you drag and drop collections then organise them into folders which can be shared with other people via a URL. One really nice touch here is the ability to set up an ‘event’ and the site gives you a dedicated email address that you can give out to other people to have them email photos and video all into the same, central bin. Even your most tech-phobic travelling companions could surely handle that, making it possible for everyone to dip into the central collection and build a complete album from all perspectives. Again, iPhone and Android apps to make it easier to offload photos from your smartphone, round this package off nicely.