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Dec
06

Photohosting

Flickr or Zooomr?

While trying to make this blog, I was looking at various photo sharing web sites. Flickr is the most famous one and then there are others like Photobucket, Fotolog, Panoramio, Fotki, which are not as user-friendly(therefore not as famous). But one photosharing site which is creating waves is Zooomr. Its been created by a 17 year old (Kristopher Tate). Its commonly described as Flickr on steroids. The advantage of Zooomr is that it offers users tagging, rss, and importantly 100mb limit per month, while Flickr offers only 20mb. Well, bloggers around the world are loving it!

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In Indian context an example of a photosharing site will be Pixrat, its a very well made site and certainly better than Flickr . Its main feature is that you can not only upload your pictures, but you can also bookmark online pictures. So if you find an interesting picture online, you can just save its link and tag it for others to see. It was possibly the first Indian site to be reviewed by TechCrunch(link in the sidebar) and recently got acquired by a South African company.

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A little more about something called the
Tag cloud, which is one of the features that distinguishes a web 2.0 site from one which is not. A tag is basically something which describes the pic or the music you just uploaded. Tags are what the search program looks for when another user is looking for something. What is exciting about it is that while a search engine like Google uses algorithm only, tagging depends completely on users. This results in more relevant content turning up as search results, because as more users tag a content its search rating goes up.

happy clicking!
abhishek

addition:
Talking about photosharing and hosting, I had missed the feature called as geo-tagging which Zooomr and Panoramio offer. As Eduardo says in the comment, Panoramio has a feed called KML feed using which you can watch photos on Google earth.( I still haven’t used it, but the idea sounds like funk!) And then Panoramio is also good because it offers 2gb storage per user for free. If you’ve just returned from some trip, you’ll have some hundred photos to show off, then Panoramio is for you. I just got my account and the service is pretty decent. For bloggers looking at making slide shows, look at rockyou.com or Photoshow. I’ll cover these soon.

links-

  • Edit your photos online- PXN8. PXN8 has a brilliant name and I’ll write more about soon.
  • Make your social networking profile picture online on mypictr.
  • What is geo tagging? use the wikipedia!

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Last word
What you can use?
Use Zooomr if you are a blogger
Use Panoramio if you want to upload a lot of pictures at a time.
Use Pixrat if you want to tag online pictures for others to see.
Use these because they are quite new and very open for more development, so will become better if more users start using them.

again,
abhishek



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6 Responses to “Photohosting”


  1. 1 Eduardo Manchón
    December 8, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Abhishek,

    I would like to point that at Panoramio you can store up to 2 Gb of photos for free.

    You can also watch uploaded photos inside Google Earth through Panoramio’s KML feed

    Cheers,

    Eduardo

  2. 2 Thomas Hawk
    December 8, 2006 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Abhishek,

    Thanks for blogging about Zooomr and glad you like the site. Be sure to let us know ways that we can improve.

    Best,

    Tom

  3. 3 Abhishek Nayak
    December 9, 2006 at 1:16 am

    re: eduardo
    thanks for pointing the features out. I’ve added more about Panoramio.
    About panoramio: You should do something about adding a feature to decrease image size. That’ll make it even more awesome.

  4. 4 Abhishek Nayak
    December 9, 2006 at 1:18 am

    re thomas hawk:

    Zooomr is awesome.

    You should try putting a feature to downsize image size.

  5. 5 tpraja
    December 21, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    Have you seen the new India search engine http://www.ByIndia.com they added all the cool features of popular products like MySpace, YouTube, Ebay, Craigslist, etc. all for free to use and specifically for India. Anyone else try this yet?

    ByIndia.com First to Blend Search, Social Network, Video Sharing and Auctions Into One Seamless Product for Indian Internet Users.


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