May 16, 2006
Dear CNET members,
With the weather getting warmer and summer activities such as vacations, BBQs, graduations, and so forth all lined up, before you know it, many of you will be getting together with family and friends to live it up and probably taking lots of digital photos to share. While I don't have much on my summer agenda, I'm currently watching my 2-month-old daughter each day. Whether she grows an inch or shows off her first smile, I like to share my photos with my family and friends through an online photo service, so they can keep track of her as well. I use a few photo-sharing sites; one of my favorites is Webshots, and the simplicity of this site makes it all worthwhile. While this is just my personal preference, what's yours? With an abundance of photo-sharing services available to us, we just had to put forth this latest Point and Shout community discussion: "What photo-sharing service do you use and why?" This is your opportunity to tell all our members not only who you use but why your chosen service stands out from the rest. Is it because of the ease of use or the ability to customize? Does your service provide more than photo sharing? Is it free? Whatever the reason, please list them all. And when you get a chance, read your fellow members' posts and vote on whether their reasons are convincing enough to make you think twice about switching or at least bring out your curiosity to check out their services. Speak up--we're all listening.
This week's hot topic:
When it comes to photo-sharing sites, which service do you use and why? Do you prefer sites with all the bells and whistles or simply one that works well? That's the question we put forth in our latest Point and Shout discussion, and several of you had some great opinions to share.
Flickr is addicting
When it comes to photo-sharing sites, CNET member alarandal prefers Flickr. What he finds most unique and brings him back for more is its community feel. And after a few weeks of browsing different groups and looking at other people's photos, he just doesn't want to stop.
Read alarandal's full post in Point and Shout
Smugmug features are hard to beat
CNET member chrismenard goes through a whole laundry list of reasons why he loves using Smugmug--from the ease of organizing photo galleries to giving other people permission to upload their photos. Check out his detailed list and see if that would be enticing enough to join this service.
Read chrismenard's full post in
Point and Shout
Multiply is not limited to photo sharing
What CNET member deris_sired loves about the Multiply photo-sharing service is that it's not limited to photos but also allows for sharing of music, videos, and blogs, among other things. With his account, he's even able to personalize his site, and best of all, there are no concerns about spam or security.
Read deris_sired's full post in Point and Shout
With so many digital photo-sharing sites available, you'd expect a significant shakeout by now, but both the number and variety of services remains surprisingly high, and they're spreading to video. How did you pick yours, and why do you stick with it? Read "What photo-sharing service do you use and why?," then speak up.
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