Snapfish Vs. Shutterfly Vs. Flickrby Brian Hooper
With just a computer or mobile device and an Internet connection, Snapfish, Shutterfly and Flickr will let you share your photos with others. All three are desktop photo management applications. Just because they belong to the same category doesn’t make them all the same, though. They have similar offerings as well as areas where they differ.
Snapfish, which Hewlett-Packard owns, is free to join and gives you unlimited photo uploads. Shutterfly also offers a free basic account with unlimited uploads. Yahoo-owned Flickr is free to join, but it doesn’t offer unlimited uploads with a free account. For that, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid account, namely the Flickr Pro account. A Pro account gives you unlimited uploads versus 300MB maximum per month for the free account. A one-year Pro membership is about $25, as of February 2013; you can buy it in other increments as well.
Snapfish offers unlimited video uploads from your computer or mobile device at a cost of around $3 for a monthly subscription and $25 for a yearly subscription, as of February 2013. You can also take the video subscription service for a trial run for 30 days free. Shutterfly offers up to 10 videos with a free account; if you upgrade to a paid Premium account, you can upload an unlimited number of videos. The Flickr Pro account allows you to upload an unlimited number of high-definition videos, while the free account lets you upload a maximum of two per month.
If you order prints from any of the three sites, they will all allow you to pick them up at various stores. Shutterfly has a partnership with Target so you can pick up digital prints at any Target Photo Store. Snapfish has a longer list of stores where you can pick up prints: Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Staples and Duane Reade, to name a few. Snapfish is a printing partner of Flickr, so you can pick up your Flickr prints from the same pickup locations as Snapfish.
All of the photo-sharing services have a social media component. For instance, all of them let you share your photos or videos on social networks such as Facebook. Flickr, which has been called the “YouTube of photos” by PCWorld, takes whatever photos or videos that you make public and shows them on Facebook and Yahoo Updates. Making your photos public and transparent to social media sites enables everyone to view them, comment on them and engage with you further.
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