All of these photo-sharing sites (Flickr, Fotki, Photbucket, Ovi, Smugmug, Shutterfly, Webshots) certainly provide multiple options for satisfying all of your photographic storage, printing, sharing, and organizing needs. Just another example of way too many choices confronting the modern day hobbyist.
But even for a non-photographer-type like myself, I can see the value of this technology for organizing and saving all of your photos (you’ll never have shoeboxes full of unorganized photos again). No more negatives, no more undeveloped rolls of film sitting around waiting to be processed (if and when you find yourself sufficiently motivated to do so).
I really got the most enjoyment out of exploring all of the different “groups.” I found myself searching the groups for much longer than I had intended last night. What a great way to hook up with folks having similar interests. I did manage to sign up for a couple of groups and will continue to search for more that are compatible with my interests; for now, I just belong to these two:
1. Librarians who shoot (photos, not guns . . . oh well, I liked the play on words) and,
2. Neckties (I’m somewhat of a clothes horse and will soon be documenting my collection of neckties on Flickr as well).
Groups to add eventually (after some more exploration): a running group, a police group, a cooking/baking group, a travel group, a reading group, and maybe a piano or music group of some kind. Ah, the possibilities . . . and in my spare time (what’s that?) . . .