One of the most popular things to do over the web is share photos, which people do through social networks, blogs, and emails. BubbleShare is an online service that enhances the photo-sharing experience by helping you create stories out of your images that you can share with others. Or as they say it, “Tell you story, you way, instantly.”
–Why I like It–
I was just introduced to BubbleShare recently, and after playing around with it for a while, it will probably be one of those sites I actually use. Here’s why I like it:
- No registration required to view images
- No software downloads are needed to create a new album
- It’s free!
- You can tag photos.
-How it works–
It’s actually a very simple process. If you’re wanting to create an album, first you’ll need to create an account. It only takes a few minutes, and then you’ll be right on your way. First you’ll upload your photos. By clicking “new album,” you’ll be guided through the process. When I was creating an album, I just control clicked to select all of my pictures out of my picture folder, and then clicked upload. This made it a one-click, simple process.
You’re not required to resize your photos like some services, but keep in mind that if you have a high resolution camera, it could potentially take a while for all of your images to upload. While you’re waiting for all of your images to upload, you’ll be shown the status. It will give you the percent completed, and how many bytes it currently has uploaded.
After your pictures are uploaded, you’ll get an email with the link to the album when it’s complete. This is nice because you could get the upload process started, walk away for a while, and come back when it’s done.
From there, you’re left to fill the album with creativity by adding comments, clipart, or even snippets of your voice narrating the pictures. You’ll receive a private link for your album so that you can pass it out to friends and family who will be able to view your creation.
Being that it is a Web 2.0 site, they have that community aspect that shows different album’s that have been created. You’re given the choice of whether or not you want to share your album with the community, which is nice.
Features that you’ll probably like:
- Add clipart to your photos. The selection is very limited, but hopefully they will be expanding that.
- Caption bubbles – They offer a few different styles of bubbles that you can drag anywhere on a photo to add your own captions.
- Audio captions – Record a 30 second audio clip to attach to the photos in your story!
Sharing your photos is the point of BubbleShare, so they make this process easy to do. You can place HTML code into blogs, websites, or social networks like Hi5, MySpace, Xanga, Live Journal, Friendster, etc. You can also share by email, as mentioned. All you have to do is enter in the email addresses of the people you’d like to share the album with, and BubbleShare will send them a link.
–Keep in mind–
Keep in mind that photos are shared in low resolution, and they include a row of text ads. The good news is that the ads aren’t very obtrusive, and at some point, they plan on offering a premium service. Your photos will be stored for one year, and then you’ll need to renew the album. It’s free to renew, and would be available again for another year.
If you share photos with family and friends often, this is a great solution, especially if you typically share them via email. When you share pictures via email, it takes time both on your end (for you to upload) and then on their end (to download). While it may take you a decent amount of time to get all of your high-resolution pictures uploaded to BubbleShare, there won’t be any delay for those whom you’re sharing your photos with. It’s a simple, easy sharing process.
I put together a quick demonstration that gives you a small idea of what you can do. The pictures are from a Chicago Cubs/ Milwaukee Brewers Baseball game that I went to a couple of years ago. I didn’t add any voice narration to it, but that’s something that you could easily do.
When you’re wanting to display your images on a blog , or other website, they give you a few different options for display, including choices for the size from small to large :
- Gizmo player – the person viewing has control over when to view the next picture, or if they want the slide show to play.
- Bubble Slider – this displays your pictures in a horizontal slide show.
- Vertical Slider
- Bouncy Animation – Adds a little bounce to your pictures.
I think that’s about all there is to it! It’s a very simple process that would be easy for anyone to understand, and it’s a good way to share photos with friends and family. Visit BubbleShare here to get started!
After finishing this post and uploading it, I realized that all my special effects like the clipart and text bubbles don’t work after inserting the HTML for the photo viewer. A little bummed, and still trying to figure out why…