Many web communities and individuals are taking advantage of sites like Flickr and Photobucket to view and share their photos. These sites are beneficial because individuals and organizations can upload their photos in a fast and convenient way. Rather than having the photos printed out, they can easily access them on the web for free.
Having the photos online makes it easy for a online users to exchange photos. Anyone can get an account and start uploading, sharing, and commenting on photos. Using these online hosting sites helps businesses who are involved in SEO work because their photostreams can be indexed by Google and their profiles can earn page rank. Flickr has made it possible for these individuals to create social networks around profiles and pictures.
These online hosting sites also have many features that make it more convenient to put photos online. The best thing about these sites is that they are free. Depending on the site, you can only upload a certain amount of pictures (Flickr allows 200MB and 3 Sets of photos) but if you are a paying member then you can upload as many photos and sets as you like. It’s also more convenient because users can group, sort, tag, comment and write descriptions for all of their photos. Flickr even allows you to map out where they were taken!
As more people are using digital media, we should expect sites like these to be used more often.