It's the year of online storage. Dropbox became an overnight sensation. Google+ upped the ante tripling its online storage offering across all of its products. Yahoo gives Flickr a new face and a free terabyteof photo storage for all. With so many options to store our media online, what does this mean for users?
Dropbox app by Ian Lamont via Flickr
Online photo storage provides more than photo-sharing services like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. It's an efficient way to share photos with family and friends, order prints and give users access to their media from anywhere.
You can also edit, organize and maintain privacy with your photos with these services. It's perfect for professional photographers who are looking for more storage space or new parents who love take photos of their family without sharing them all on social media. With cloud-based photo storage programs, will the desktop go away? Saving your photos securely online does free up more space on your computer, and reduces the need for hardware like an external hard drive. It also ensures you will still have your photos should anything happen to your computer or hard drive.
I personally sync my photos to Google+. As soon as I snap a photo from my smartphone, it's automatically stored on Google+. It's a simple way to keep track of all of my photos, and access them from both my phone or laptop.
Contrary to popular belief, email isn't dead. In fact, the email client is a vital component to the success of online storage. Take for instance Dropbox's recent acquistion of the email app Mailbox and integration with Yahoo Mail along with Flickr, and Gmail's obvious partnership with Google+. For other online storage companies, integration with email and other online integration is important for their success. Online storage still needs a streamlined method of photo-sharing to keep users engaged. What are your thoughts on online photo storage services?
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