I was reminded recently that sharing pictures online is not a solved problem. Below is what I wanted, and what I found.
Ideal Online Pictures
- Web and mobile support
- Easy to browse
- Easy to organize pictures
- Privacy settings for individuals and groups
- Sharing with individuals and groups
- Original picture resolutions saved and available
- 20+ GB of free space, with expansion available (paid okay)
Comparison of 3 Popular Picture Sharing Sites
I chose SkyDrive (Windows Live), Picasa, and Flikr as my potential picture sharing sites. If you know of a better option, please let me know.
|Original picture size||yes||yes||no|
|Organization||Multi-level folders||Single level albums||Photos can belong to multiple sets|
|Privacy settings||On groups (folders)||On groups (albums)||Only on individual pictures|
|Mobile browsing||Web & App||App||no|
|Free Space||7 GB||5 GB||300 MB/month|
I ended up using SkyDrive, with Flikr my second choice. Sorry Goog.
Browsing pictures on the web was easy on all three. Only SkyDrive had a good mobile experience..on my Windows Phone.
Sharing photos or groups of photos was easy on all three. Privacy settings is a difficult user experience, which held here.
Organization was a big factor for me, since I recently had 1000+ wedding pictures to save and publicize. Flikr allows you to put pictures in multiple sets. For example, if I have a picture of me eating wedding cake, I could put it in a Cake set and a Wedding set. Unfortunately, SkyDrive and Picasa are not as flexible. Picasa provides a single group of albums, which is horrible. SkyDrive allows sub-folders, which at least lets me put cake pictures nested inside the wedding pictures. Hopefully the two stragglers catch up with Flikr soon.
However, not allowing the original picture size without a paid Pro Account was a deal breaker for Flikr. Also, its site feels much older than the other two, which was annoying. Too clunky and slow!
None of these sites was awesome. If you have a Windows Phone too, SkyDrive is probably you’re best bet.