Remember how when you were a kid, your mom would stick up all your drawings on the refrigerator and you felt like Picasso, although you probably didn’t even know who Picasso was. Well fast forward a few years and take a look at this space age technology called the internet, so well beyond its years. The Social media is the new thing and the internet has become one giant refrigerator where you get to stick your stuff (mostly images). This giant refrigerator of the internet is more commonly referred to as Photo sharing websites. We went and looked around on the internet looking for the best for image sharing and what we ended up with was a list of the top ten photo sharing websites online.
Top Ten Photo Sharing Websites
We give you the most used photo sharing websites used by shutterbugs from around the world in our list of the top 10 photo sharing websites.
Started about three years ago, Instagram has quickly become one of the most used photo sharing website on the web. Instagram features a whole bunch of filters and allows users to edit their photos online and post them to any one of the gazillion social networking sites spouting up from every corner of the internet. Since 2010, when it was started, Instagram has come a long way and is now getting over 100 million hits every day.
Flickr is a fairly old man in the photo sharing game. Created by Ludicorp in 2004 only to be acquired later by Yahoo! In 2005, Flicker can be easily described as a photo sharing and video sharing website. The website I essentially an online community and the pictures are constantly used by bloggers. In March 2013 alone, Flickr recorded 87 million registered members. The site gets up to 3.5 million image uploads almost on a daily basis.
This one doesn’t really need that fancy an introduction because you already know all there is to know about it. Facebook or the current social media king is the more of a phenomenon than a mere website. In fact if you aren’t on Facebook you’re probably living under a rock right across the street from Spongebob Squarepants. Facebook is not just a photo sharing site, it’s pretty much the place where you share your entire life, although people do tend to use it a lot for sharing their pictures and videos as well.
Tumblr is another social networking platform but it is mostly used as a media sharing platform via the micro blogs. Tumblr sports a fairly simple dashboard interface to allow users to upload anything, from pictures and videos to texts and blogs. The site has gained a lot of popularity over the years and is currently a host to over 130 million blogs.
Imgur is very aptly described as the ‘the home to the web’s most popular image content’. It is the birthplace of a lot of memes and home to millions of users, interacting to each other via comments on the pictures. The current mascot, the Imugirafe actually started off as an April fool’s day joke and has stuck to it ever since. Apart from receiving images from the users, Imgur also receives content from Reddit, another popular micro blogging website.
6. Deviant Art
Deviant Art is actually a place where people come to show off their talents. Deviant art is the photo sharing site that allows users to post pictures of their artwork and allows other users to download it or contact the artist to buy it. Deviant art is essentially a community of artists and art enthusiasts. Apart from images the site is also a home to numerous skins to other applications and users are free to download them
Remember how we talked about photo sharing websites being a giant refrigerator where you stick up pretty pictures? Well Pinterest is actually exactly what that is. Pinterest is based on a concept of a pin up board where you ‘pin’ your images to share with the world. Users are allowed to browse other pin boards for other images and can re-pin the images on their own pin boards.
Every photographer needs a platform where he/she needs to exhibit his photographic talents to get acclaim or at least some constructive criticism to move forward in his/her career. SlickPic is exactly that; it is a community of photographers where shutterbugs from around the globe submit their photographs and comment on each other’s work. It is actually a pretty brilliant image sharing site for budding photographers.
Photobucket is another mainstream, video and image hosting website where users can upload their images and videos with other users. The site gets over four million images from all over the web per day and is home to more than 10 billion images from over 100 million registered users. In June 2011 Photobucket became the default photo sharing platform for twitter.
Dropbox is not exactly a mainstream image sharing website; it’s more of a cloud service that allows you to store almost any data in a cloud which can be shared with other users. Dropbox as the name suggest is pretty much a box where you drop in stuff for other people to pick up, only here you get to control who can access that box and who cannot. It’s easier to think of as an invisible external hard disk which can be accessed anytime as long as you have an internet connection.