Photo-sharing iPhone apps: A snap or a dud?

Oct 20, 2009
Tech

The universal activity of photo sharing is easier with camera phones and the mobile Internet. The iPhone in particular provides a number tools that enable direct sharing or integrated sharing of photos with social networking sites. So which ones are the best? Sharing pics with social networks Facebook’s iPhone application is a great for photos […]

The universal activity of photo sharing is easier with camera phones and the mobile Internet. The iPhone in particular provides a number tools that enable direct sharing or integrated sharing of photos with social networking sites. So which ones are the best?

Sharing pics with social networks

Facebook’s iPhone application is a great for photos because the network doubles as a vast photo-sharing site. Your friends are already members, so they are sure to see your pics. One-click uploading makes for speedy sharing and additional features allow for further customization, including albums. This free app is well worth the download.

With the Flickr app you can add tags, geo-tags, titles and nearly everything else you are accustomed to on Flickr’s Web site. This mainstay of photo-sharing makes your photos available on your iPhone through its free app, as well as your friends’ photos. Organized nicely for this purpose, Flickr is a great way to expand your photo-sharing options.

ShoZu is a handy iPhone app that lets you upload photos to multiple social networking sites. From Facebook to Flickr, Twitter to MySpace, ShoZu has the bases covered. Beyond social networking, you can send photos from your iPhone to Photoshop as well as your email. With so many options, photo fanatics will not mind the $4.99 price tag.

Photobucket has its own expansive network for photo-sharing, but its iPhone app is good for posting to other social sites (Facebook in particular). With additional features for uploading photos to various blogging platforms, this free app can be helpful for purposefully sharing photos.

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Photo apps for families

Scrapbooking is a perfect way to contextually share photos. Baby Scrapbook is an iPhone app that lets you organize and share photos. Take a photo with your iPhone or select an image from your library. Direct mailing options to other iPhone users and free downloads online make sharing baby’s first step a breeze with this $1.99 application.

FamCam takes photo-sharing a step further by providing groups of family members and friends. Select from your iPhone photo library or take a photo with your mobile device.  All group members receive alerts for new photos shared through this simple but free application.

Best apps for shutterbugs

Best Camera is great for those that want to add special touches to their images before sharing them with friends.  A handful of photo-editing options give a creative perspective to your photos. Sharing options include Twitter and Facebook integration and email options, to name a few. The quality of the app makes the $2.99 price point reasonable.

If you are in the vicinity of someone you would like to share photos with, send it directly to their phone with the 99-cent BlueShare app. This tool integrates with the iPhone’s Bluetooth function. The process is simplified with integration for your iPhone contacts as well. Plus, sharing options are available for social networks including Facebook and Twitter.

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