The internet is home to numerous free image sharing platforms – both free and priced. Image sharing on the internet is one of the newest ways of “blogging”. Some people just can’t be bothered to read through lengthy texts. Also, since styles and looks are such important factors to branding, many bloggers resort to image sharing platforms for marketing their blogs.
Just recently, Instagram and Facebook has faced significant backlash over some security issues. Many users are looking for newer and cheaper alternatives to Instagram and Facebook. Here are some of the best image sharing platforms on the internet:
Flickr (now SmugMug)
Flickr was the old-school photo-sharing platform, waaaaay before Instagram became a thing. Users can create a free account, gather friends (or followers), and share their photography and art through the platform. The platform was bought by SmugMug back in 2018, although the two photo-sharing platforms have separate websites and brands. Many photographers gained recognition and following with the help of this photo-sharing platform.
What makes Flickr useful for bloggers and content creators is the fact that it is home to thousands of creative commons pictures. This means that bloggers and content creators may use (some) uploaded images to their websites with a photo attribution as the bare minimum. Users are also free to donate to uploaders to further support their work. Remember, these are not stock photos like images that can be downloaded from Pixabay or Unsplash. Photos uploaded on Flickr are those that were taken by real people – both novice and professional photographers.
If you are a blogger or a content creator and you have recently collaborated with photographers and artists, this may be one of the best photo-sharing websites to use. Cluster allows sharing of multiple images, regardless of size. This website is not a social media platform, however. Its tagline – Private group sharing for friends and family. This means that bloggers and photographers may be able to exchange a complete collection of images without letting the world know about it.
What Cluster boasts so highly about are its impressive privacy policies. Particularly, the website does not and will not ever claim ownership of images uploaded by users to the platform. Unlike in Facebook and Instagram, users are giving the platform permission to use (and re-use) uploaded images as they see fit.
For bloggers and website owners, content sizing is ESSENTIAL. It affects the speed of the blog. Blog speed affects its overall performance. Uploading large-sized photos can hurt a little when it comes to website storage. This is where Photobucket comes in handy. Bloggers can upload photos on this website and embed the images on their content via a direct link. Photobucket has a free plan for up to 250 images.
Bloggers can use Postimages to upload images without expiration. Then, the website will create shareable links (URLs) of the photo which are usable on various social media platforms. They could be also used in WordPress (HTML links). Users may also choose an option where the image expires after 1, 7, or 30 days. What is great about this website is that users can upload up to 1000 images without actually creating an account.
This is very similar to Cluster. Just imagine trying to send a heavy file to one of your clients. Emails only have 25 MB limits. How can you send a video or an album of raw photos without having the need to upload them on social media? Bloggers may be able to share files with their clients for up to two gigabytes free of charge.
Now, Imgur is not your typical image sharing platform. It is similar to a social media site but focuses mostly on hilarious and nonsense topics. Memes and GIFs are among the most shareable content on the internet, which is the type of content that Imgur hosts. Imagine creating a single, small-sized GIF or image of something funny which you will see shared millions of times on different platforms – how cool can that be? For bloggers that are trying to inject some humor into some of their content, Imgur has creative commons content as well. Imgur can generate HTML links or URLs that bloggers can use to embed them on a separate website.
In the same way that Instagram and Facebook stories are considered content, content shared on Exposure is considered publishable content as well. It is a video and photo sharing website for “visual storytellers”. If you are the type of blogger that likes unworded content, photography, and visual arts – this is the best platform to share your talents with the world.
This is owned by Adobe and it is a social media website that also doubles as a portfolio. It is a collection of images (both raw and photoshopped). It is also a platform for 3D art, illustrations, graphic design, and more. Bloggers can go through Behance content to look for individuals they can work with or they can collaborate with.
Vero was designed just like Instagram, sans all the issues in security and ads. Experience ad-free viewing – this is their major selling point. It is a good alternative to posting content. Bloggers can use it, similar to Instagram, as a marketing platform for their blog.
Many users reviewed this as a combination of scrapbooking, blogging, and social media. Users can create content through any media – video, text, or photo. Then the content can also be shared or embedded on other websites. The downside to this website is that it can be used only by Apple products.
There are more image sharing platforms available on the internet. However, these are among the best-reviewed for their price point and usability. Try out which ones work the best for you and your blog.