Yogile.com makes photo sharing easy

Digital photos – wonderful things. No longer are we limited to a paltry 24 frames of film before having to pause, reload, and realise we’ve missed the moment. Memory cards are now large enough to snap hundreds of photos without stopping, which means more photos and more opportunities to catch those special moments.

After a night out, family meal, or Christmas party, you’re fairly likely to want to share photos with some of the people who were there… either as a reminder of a great time or to spread a bit of embarrassment over some of the funnier incidents. There are a load of photo sharing sites out there, but I want to introduce you to Yogile.com.

Yogile.com makes it incredibly easy to share images privately and within groups. You simply log in and create an album, which is assigned its own unique URL and e-mail address and can be password protected to keep the images private. The URL/e-mail address and password can be shared with anyone you want to be able to contribute to the album, meaning that you can build up a collaborative view of any event.

Take a wedding, for example. Dozens of attendees take their own photos, all from different cameras and angles. While you might try asking everyone for their shots afterward, Yogile provides a single place they can share their images, by uploading online or just sending them to a custom email address.

Once you’ve got the photos online, there are options to share the album on Twitter or Facebook and, if the album is public, to embed it on your website. In essence, this is like a cut down and simplified version of Flickr’s groups… but it seems much quicker and simpler to contribute to. You don’t even need a Yogile.com account but can upload photos anonymously (who took that one!?).

Yogile.com is a clever take on photo sharing and collaboration. While I would still use Flickr for the majority of my sharing and archiving, I can see Yogile being a great option to quickly share photos after a get-together. Why not try it yourself and let us know how you get on in the comments?

Explore your Flickr Photos with Biscuit Tin [iPhone]

Biscuit Tin

Flickr is a great tool for storing and displaying your photos but, after a while, the sheer number of images in your photostream starts to get a bit overwhelming. If you’ve very disciplined with tagging and organising your photos into sets then you can probably cope with more photos than I can, but I have to admit that my discipline in that area is a little lacking.

The problem is that this means I have a load of photos on there and I only look at a small proportion of them – the others have sort of faded into obscurity. With paper photos there was always a chance that you’d stumble across the obscure ones whilst sorting out a drawer, but I find that much less likely with digital snaps.

Biscuit Tin is an iPhone app that interfaces with Flickr and lets you view your photostream in an innovative way… just shake the phone and it’ll select a random image to display in your “biscuit tin”. It’s simple but does what it does well: shake, as I’ve already mentioned, rearrange your photos, or double-tap on one to zoom in on it. You can even tip the “tin” in different directions to see your photos move around. My only problem with it is that it was sometimes a bit slow to pick up when I was shaking the phone, thinking instead that I was just tipping it. Restarting my phone seemed to sort that out, so I wonder if it was just a memory issue.

This is, to be honest, one of those apps that’s so simple you almost wonder if it’s worth it! But I have to say I’ve discovered some great photos from the depths of my Flickr account that I’d forgotten about and it’s worth the (free) download just for that!

Give Biscuit Tin a shot and rediscover your old photos!

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