Flickr is an image and file hosting site created by Ludicorp in 2004, a Vancouver-based company founded by Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fakeand. The company was later acquired by Yahoo in 2005. It is a popular site used by bloggers, photo researchers, and the online communities in general to share, post, customize, and store personal photographs.
There are three types of accounts that users can sign up for using Flicker. When applying for the basic version of the service, there is no cost. This free version of Flickr allows users to upload up to one terabyte of data through their entire life of using an account. The one terabyte, however, is limited to 200MB per photo and 1GB per video. Videos, fortunately, can be uploaded with a maximum resolution of 1080p. With 1080p resolution, videos come out clear, bright, and vivid. In the other hand, there is the Ad free option to the service. The Ad free choice allows subscribers to avoid advertisement for an annual fee. This means that there will be no annoying advertisements when users try to upload, view, or share content. This benefit costs a low fee of $49.99 a year and receives all the benefits of a free account.
Fortunately, Flickr has a variety of options for a user. One of these options allows users to make their content private. The feature enables people to prioritize what they want to allows the public and friends to see. Another feature is the ability to edit uploaded photos. Photos can be edited with easy to use tools at a novice scale. The tool is not as great as professional software like Photoshop, but it still provides a cool and useful feature for account holders.
In conclusion Flicker is an excellent site that was acquired by Yahoo. It offers a variety of services that gives users the ability to not only enhance their photographs, but also share them. The site is great for people who want to show off their family, vacation, or random photos. It is an easy and fun web page to use with loads of cloud space that provides storage of up to 1TB of tolerable content.
Mediafire is a file hosting and sharing website that has become very popular in the past couple of years. Mediafire uses cloud storage, as defined by Technopedia, “Cloud storage is a cloud computing model in which data is stored on remote servers accessed from the Internet, or “cloud.” It is maintained, operated and managed by a cloud storage service provider on a storage servers that are built on virtualization techniques” (“Cloud storage,”). Mediafire was founded in August 2006 by CEO Derek Labian and other entrepreneurs. They decided to develop the website because they were frustrated with having to upload large data files into e-mails or FTPS in order to share data with others. Most of the time, the e-mails people would send to others would take a long time to arrive. Another issue before cloud technology was that in some cases the e-mails sent with data, never arrived and the data would be deleted. It was a very frustrating time for people who enjoyed or worked sharing media through the internet. Presently, file sharing has changed and sites like Mediafire are evolving rapidly.
Using Mediafire, you can store, organize, and share data via the internet to popular social networks like Facebook or Twitter. Mediafire also has a mobile application which allows you to view and share documents. One of the newest changes Mediafire has introduced is Mediafire Desktop (beta). This can be downloaded straight from the website. One of the most convenient features of this new software is the ability to view and share data without having to log into Mediafire. Currently, Mediafire Desktop is still in beta testing; therefore it is still undergoing some minor changes before it is fully released.
Data that has been stored using Mediafire can be accessed by creating a username and password on the website. Mediafire has a range of plans that you can choose from. The popular one between users is the basic plan which offers 10 GB of memory, free of cost. One of the problems many people encounter with this plan is that it has advertisements. Mediafire offers ways to gain free storage by simply downloading the mobile application or the desktop version. As well as, referring friends to Mediafire and sharing the website to friends on social networks. One of the downfalls with the free version as explained in an article is “with Mediafire you can only upload a file as large as 200mb if you are a free user. While downloading, you can only download individual files and not the entire folder” (Jariwala, 2013). This shows how the free version is not suitable for everyone; it really depends on how you are planning to use MediafFire.
The following plan is the pro plan, which offers memory from 100 GB, 200 GB, or 500 GB. You can choose to pay monthly or yearly. The yearly prices range from $24.99 to $99.99. The pro plans are ad free and offer recommendations on which plan to choose depending on what you will store. The final plan is the premium plan which is marketed for businesses but can also be purchased by anyone. This plan includes multiple user accounts, customizable branding, and a detailed security log. Storage starts from 1 TB to 100 TB and prices range from $64.99 to $3,749.99 quarterly. For the average person it may seem like much but to a large business this space is adequate. As explained in an article about Mediafire for business use, “Business users will like that Mediafire supports custom branding, so you can put your own logo on the file site, and you can incorporate the Filedrop widget on to your company Web page. The professional and business sites also allow you to upload an entire folder, which is something you can’t do with the free version” (Network World, 2013). As explained, Mediafire has many features that make it appealing to people with businesses. Currently, it is working on new ways to promote cloud storage, especially safe cloud storage. In my belief, this is only the beginning of Mediafire as a cloud storage server; there are still many changes to this new technology.
Instagram is one of the 4 different file hosting and sharing sites used by millions of people all over the world. Before Instagram was created, it started out as an HTML5 mobile web app called Burbn. It was originally created by Kevin Systrom while he was still working at Nextstop. The Burn starts off as a foursquare check in application that Kavin Systrom decided to show to a couple of friends. He then took it upon himself to go on his own and create his own company, which is when his co-founder Mike Krieger came into the picture. By then the Burn application was more than just for check-ins it allowed people to make plans, earn some kinds of point for being with friends, and were able to post pictures etc. After a while both decided to just focus on the photo part of the application that leads quickly to the creation of Instagram.
Instagram is a social network that was launched on October 2010, which allows people to capture pictures of themselves or things and share it with anyone using Instagram. It can be shared through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr too. Not only that, but since June 2013, Instagram now allows people to record anything for about 3-15 seconds. It does not cost any money, anyone can download it from the Apple App Store and Google Play, depending on the device you have. At first only the iPhone, iPod/Pad, and Android were able to support the app, but on November 2013 the Windows Phone was able to support it as well. Instagram Also allows its users to upload as many photos as the individuals want, but the more you use the app the more space it takes up on your phone. For most devices like mine, the iPhone 4s takes up to about 154 MB. Photos put into your Instagram can be backed up onto your phones camera by simply adjusting the settings on the device. They can also be backed up using Instaport. Instaport is another application that you must allow to connect to your account, which then will have the ability to take all your photos from your Instagram database and transfer them into another cloud service.
Instagram is a fairly easy device to use. You must create an account using an email and password, edit your profile (name, username, icone picture, and bio), then find friends, family or other people to follow and follow you back, and decide whether or not you would like your account to be private. When you want to share a picture you either upload a photo from your phone’s camera album, or take the picture directly on Instagram, you can rotate the picture, pick from the variety of filters it provides you with, make a caption, tag people that are in the picture, and then finally share it. You as well as anyone else can like, and comment on anyone’s picture. All of this also applies to when uploading or recording a video.
Personally, Instagram is my favorite because I can post whatever I want, whenever I want, and no one really can say anything about it. I can see how my friends are doing now that were all apart in different colleges, we can follow trends such as #tbt which stands for “Throw Back Thursday”, or #mcm/wcw which stands for “Man Crush Monday” and “Women Crush Wednesday”. It is a way of expressing yourself, being artsy, showing what people are doing in their everyday lives.
Shutterfly has been up and running since 1999. It is a brand of Shutterfly, Inc., the “leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized photo products and services…” Tiny Prints Treat and Wedding Paper Divas are managed by Shutterfly, Inc. as well. Tiny Prints is used for “premium cards and stationary for all life’s occasions.” Treat is utilized for “personalized greeting cards that really stand out.” Wedding Paper Divas applies to “wedding invitations and stationary for every step of the planning process.” Shutterfly, Inc.’s mission is to “deepen personal connections with those who matter most.” Their vision is to “make the world a better place by helping people share life’s joy.” Shutterfly, Inc. houses values of “passion, inspires, act, commit and trust.”
Shutterfly holds The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval for 2010, 2010 Top Ten Reviews Gold Award, and “Good Housekeeping seal of approval for the best website for photos books.” “THE SHUTTERFLY PROMISE” is presented in a pop-up box upon opening the website. It states that there is “free, unlimited secure photo storage, 100% happiness guaranteed or get a full refund,” and photos will never be deleted. The pop-up box also includes a sign-up area so the customer can begin turning cherished photos into photo books, cards and gifts. An incentive to sign up is an order of 50 free 4×6 prints and a subscription to e-mail offers.
Shutterfly is connected with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, blogs and community forums. The app is available through Google Play and iTunes. Shutterfly also has a channel available through Roku, a “little box” that streams directly from the Internet. Testimonials, advertisements, and how-to videos are displayed on Shutterfly’s YouTube account. Shutterfly users can easily upload via desktop, tablet, smartphone, Picasa, Adobe Photoshop, share sites, and social networks. In addition, friends and family are able to view photos, videos and ideograms without an account so memories can be shared via these social networks, email, and share sites.
Share sites are free, public or private websites to share photos and videos with friends, family or groups. Creators have the option of displaying their photos with designs for every style and occasion. Shutterfly features the following share site designs: family, sports teams, classroom, events & celebrations, baby, clubs & groups, wedding, travel, photo gallery, and sports leagues & clubs. The creator can choose from these exclusive templates or customize it. There are no restrictions to only sharing photos and videos; messages, updates, calendars, pills, team rosters, forums and more can be shared. The incentive for generating a share site is to receive 30 free prints.
Along with photo books, cards, gifts, prints and share sites, calendars and home decor also retain the ability to be individualized. Orders are provided with in-detail descriptions and, if needed, customer service is only a click or phone call away. Costs may vary due to the fluctuating prices amidst products and customization. Special offers, promotions and saving plans are available directly on their website to help reduce prices. Gift certificates can invest $10 to $100; they are available in five denominations. They never expire and can be delivered traditionally or by email. Unfortunately, gift certificates cannot be processed on items through the iPhone app.
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