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“A single picture is worth a thousand words,” goes the old saying. In these days of ubiquitous camera phones and inexpensive digital cameras, that adage seems to be truer than ever. But what good is taking photographs if you can’t show them to all your friends? America is such a mobile society it’s a safe bet that a sizeable portion of your inner circle lives too far away to admire the snapshots you pull from your wallet. Fortunately, there are many free photo upload and image hosting websites that will allow you to share your photographs. Here are four of the best:

• Flickr.com: Flickr is a popular image and video hosting website owned by Yahoo! The photographs a user uploads are referred to as his or her “photostream.” Photostreams are organized by tags describing their subject matter; this makes the Flickr image pool one of the fastest and easiest to search. Photostreams can also be accessed in slideshow mode. Photostreams can be public, or subject to privacy control protections that allow users to choose who can see their pictures. Flickr photos are easily downloadable, and it’s up to users to safeguard their own intellectual property rights.

Flickr offers both free accounts and premium accounts (called “pro” accounts.) In order to qualify for either, you must first become a Yahoo! member.

Free accounts allow users to upload up to 100 MB of images per month and two videos without charge. Although theoretically a Free Account holder has unlimited storage space, only the most recently uploaded 200 images are visible. Free account holders will see ads on the Flickr pages they’re browsing. When a free account is inactive for longer than 90 days, it is “deleted”, although a user can gain access to his or her original files again by upgrading to a pro account.

Pro accounts cost $24.95 per year, and allow users to upload unlimited numbers of images and videos.

• Photobucket.com: Only slightly less popular than Flickr, Photobucket is the photo upload site of choice when users want to link their images to EBay, Facebook, Live Journal or other blog accounts. Photobucket’s basic functional model is the personal photograph album; additionally it gives users access to a slideshow builder and a remix builder. Photobucket disallows sexually explicit content.

Like Flickr, Photobucket offers two types of accounts: Free and Pro. Images uploaded by free account holders must be smaller than 1MB in size (or 1024 pixels by 768 pixels) and storage space is limited to 500 MB. Pro accounts cost $24.95 per year; users also have the option to upgrade to a pro account for a month at a time. Pro users have no storage space or bandwidth constraints, and are allowed to upload images up to 5 MB in size (or 2240 pixels by 1680 pixels.)

• Imageshack.us: ImageShack is a free photo upload and image hosting web service that allows users to upload their images as .jpg, .png, .gif, .tif, .bmp, or even .swf (flash) files. (TIFF files and BMP files are automatically converted to the PNG format.) This versatility plus the price tag (zero!) has helped make ImageShack one of the fastest growing Internet brands. ImageShack’s revenue generating model depends upon the advertising that shares the webpages with the free images the site hosts; consequently, it can be very difficult to track down a direct URL to those images. After a free user uploads a photo, he or she is directed to a page containing preformatted URLs for linking that preserve the advertising context. Uploaded images are stored indefinitely. There is a registration process, but it is somewhat cumbersome as it involves cutting and pasting URLs rather than entering a user name and password. Registered users who log in have somewhat more flexibility in viewing the images they’ve uploaded. ImageShack is banned in China and Columbia.

• Photo.net: Photo.net is an image hosting service and an online community for people who take photography seriously. It has over 800,000 registered members, ranging from enthusiastic newcomers to professional photographers. You can use the site either as a free photo upload repository, or if you’re interested in improving your picture-taking skills, you can invite critiques of your work from other photo.net users. Photo.net also features content pages with equipment reviews and useful recommendations for improving your photography skills.

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