Did you try out Flickr, but it just turned you off? Fear not; there are plenty of websites like Flickr on the Internet nowadays that let you store and share your photos and videos. Here are four of the most popular websites that are similar to Flickr.
Pronounced "five hundred pixels", this Canadian photo-sharing website is one of the most often-mentioned alternatives to Flickr. It has similar features to Flickr, including the ability to write descriptions about your photographs and adding "tag" keywords to them to make them easier to find. Also, like Flickr, you can join groups, and share and discuss your favourite photographs with the community. One big difference from Flickr is that instead of buying custom memorabilia created from your photos, you can actually sell it to other people instead! It's a great website for photography enthusiasts.
This photo and video-sharing website is another one of the more popular Flickr competitors. With over 10 billion images and over 100 million registered users, the photos and videos on PhotoBucket are used for everything from profile pictures to web journal illustrations, from social media sharing to selling items on online marketplaces. PhotoBucket has many of the same features as Flickr, including free and paid options (with the paid ones removing advertisements and offering more storage space), easy sharing features, and "stories" (which are similar to Flickr's "collections"). PhotoBucket also allows you to edit or password-protect your photos.
DeviantArt is one of the largest general art galleries on the Internet. In addition to photography, it also allows users to upload drawings, animations, poetry, short stories, and more. It includes features such as built in web journal capabilities, art tutorials, opinion and popularity polls, and social groups. And, like Flickr, it allows for Creative Commons licensing, so you can allow other people to use your pictures in certain ways.
One of DeviantArt's stand-out features is its community aspect; some have said that it's as much a social network as an art gallery. DeviantArt's users tend to be young and -- as the website's name implies -- interested in pop culture that lies a little outside the mainstream. But if you're someone who likes to show off your artistic talents, you might feel right at home here.
SmugMug does online photography differently. It offers unlimited storage space for your photos and videos, and never shows you advertisements. Plus, you can customize your photo galleries in several different ways to show off your personality, or keep your photos as private as you want them to be.
Unfortunately, SmugMug can't be used for free; subscriptions range from basic ones between $3 and $5 per month to professional ones that cost up to $25 or $35 per month. However, the higher-tier accounts allow you to sell your photos online, and even give you access to a host of powerful marketing and promotional tools.
Instagram is a relatively new service for sharing photos and videos, but it has quickly gained immense popularity since its debut in 2010. Similar to Flickr, Instagram allows its users to upload, share, and comment on photos and videos for free. One thing that sets Instagram apart, though, is that it has built-in photo and video editing tools. Capture a photo or video, touch it up, and upload it on the spot... all without leaving Instagram! On the other hand, most of Instagram's functions are only available on mobile devices, so you won't get a lot of use out of it unless you have a tablet computer or smart phone.
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Go ahead and give one of these Flickr alternatives a shot! Or, if you already have, let us know if the service you chose was picture perfect, or left you stuck with negatives. We'd also like to hear any other photo-sharing websites that you've heard are pretty neat, so be sure to drop us a line in the comments below, or on our social media channels.
One last thing: if an alternative to Flickr has captured your heart and you want to part ways with Flickr, our last tutorial will show you how to delete your Flickr account.
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