Photo Sharing & Storage Tools For Every Member Of The Family
In our increasingly digital world, sharing content online is becoming the go-to method for interacting with friends and family. The great thing about getting online is that it makes it so easy to keep up to date with far flung family members, as you can share things in real-time. However, it’s not fair to assume that everyone in the family is comfortable with going digital. Sharing photos on the internet is still a relatively new concept (especially in Grandparent terms!).
Just because you can share online, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the best choice for your particular group of friends and family. Whether you decide to stick with sending physical photo prints the old fashioned way – by post, sending out digital copies by email, or setting up an online platform that allows you to post photos in a digital album, there is a tool for everyone. Don’t forget, we know of one spectacular tool that will enable you to edit, curate, manage AND share your photos, that will make photo sharing so much easier for multigenerational use.
We’ve outlined some great photo sharing and storage options that will work for each family member, depending what they’re comfortable with.
Tools for the “I hate tech” family member
Some people are being dragged into the new digital age kicking and screaming, but if all you want to do is share photos then there is absolutely no need to force a technophobe to get online. There are plenty services that cater to the non tech users, allowing you to order prints of your digital photos that can be posted to them simply, easily, and for a great price. It’s so lovely to have a physical, tangible copy of those photos you cherish so much, and whilst you’re ordering copies to be sent out to family members, it might remind you to order a few for yourself!
One of the really exciting aspects of these photo printing services is that you have so many more options than just the standard 4×6” prints; as lovely as those can be. You can order beautiful photobooks, calendars, wall canvases, posters, mugs and even t-shirts … the options seem to be endless. Snapfish and Photobox are a couple of great options here.
Tools for the “new to tech” family member
Take Grandma for example, she’s pretty good with her computer and tablet, and has no issues accessing her email, but that’s about as far as her skills go. We think that’s a brilliant effort; it’s great when members of the older generation get involved online as it can be pretty daunting. However, whilst Grandma might see herself as a tech guru, she’s not quite as savvy with “The Facebook” as she thinks. Using a tool such as Flikr will allow her to easily access your online photo albums, but the simple user interface shouldn’t be too challenging, leaving that tech geek impression of herself fully intact. Flickr is a great way to store and share your photos online. It helps you organise that huge mass of photos you have and offers a way for your friends and family to enjoy them with you, regardless of whether they are just down the road, or on another continent.
Dropbox would be another great choice here, as you’re able to create a huge number of albums and then choose only a specific few to share with others – whilst keeping the rest completely private. Once you’ve created the album you want to share with Grandma, she can simply login to her own Dropbox account and check out all the new photos you’ve uploaded. This is also a fantastic way to keep all of your digital photos backed up.
Tools for the “concerned about the security of tech” family member
It’s understandable that when it comes to sharing photos, which are basically an uncensored view into your life, that you want to keep them private. It is definitely possible to keep photos private and secure on sites such as Flikr, Google+ and Facebook, but if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of large scale sharing and prefer the idea of a simple back and forth, you can turn to that reliable stand-by; email. Email is the classic online “sharing” platform, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with sticking with what you know.
For the privacy conscious amongst us there is also 23snaps; the free private app and website. 23snaps will allow you to share your photos with a select group online. Your friends and family can choose to register their own account and join your network of connections, or subscribe to email updates from you if they’d prefer not to have to sign-up. Either way, you can share your photos safe in the knowledge that you have the ultimate control over who can access them.
Tools for the “confident with, but little time for, tech” family member
When you post photos to Google+, they are automatically curated to pull the best quality photos and put them front and centre. You then have the option of sharing these photos with individuals, a “circle” of friends and/or family, or with the public. This would be a fantastic way to share photos with someone in your family who is completely comfortable with tech, but may have limited time, or opportunity, to check your updates yet doesn’t want to miss out. Maybe they’re always at work, or travel a lot? But when they do have a moment to log in, your best photos will be highlighted, making sure nothing is missed.
This is a fantastic tool for the traveller too, as any photos taken on a wifi enabled device such as a smartphone, tablet, or wifi camera will be automatically backed up whenever there is a viable wifi connection. This will prevent the loss of any photos whilst allowing friends and family back home to check in and see how the trip is going.
Tools for the “master of tech” family member
Some of your family members may be so connected, you could pretty much share your photos anywhere and they would be able to find them. The mainstream social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the most commonly used. Instagram allows your family and friends to follow you and share in all of the photos that you post, whereas Twitter and Facebook are as equally focused on text updates as on the photos you share. These platforms allow you to share your photos easily with a large group of friends and family, although it may not be the most private way to do so. Depending on your privacy settings and the number of people in your network, you’re potentially posting your photos for hundreds of people to see. Nonetheless, these are by far the most common photo sharing platforms, with over 350 million photos being uploaded to Facebook every single day.
Whether you’re glued to your smartphone or computer, or you’re happier leafing through a photo album, there are numerous ways to share photos with every generation, it’s just a case of finding the right ones for everyone involved.