Holiday gatherings mean lots of snapshots; and when the party’s over, the good feelings continue though shared photos. Here’s how to create a collaborative album made up of everyone’s favorites.
There are dozens on online sites that let you post images for others to view. But they often lack good collaboration options — or your friends and family simply don’t want to sign up for them. On the other hand, almost everyone you know probably has a Facebook or Google account. And cloud-storage services such as Dropbox and OneDrive are also in widespread use.
In this article, I’ll tell you how to create a quick and simple photo album in Dropbox, Facebook, Google Photos, and OneDrive. Then I’ll explain how to allow selected collaborators to add their own photos to the mix.
But before you start uploading, use a bit of discretion. Don’t kill those good feelings by posting all 258 pictures you snapped after the fourth cup of eggnog. Pick just the best ones — and encourage your collaborators to do the same!
Note: The following instructions assume that you’re creating and sharing your album on a Windows PC, via a desktop browser.
Facebook: The universal social network
Facebook is the obvious choice for this sort of project. Sometimes, it seems as if most of the human race shares photos — as well as political views and too much personal information — on the king of social networks.
But Facebook’s very openness and ubiquity brings considerable privacy issues. So before you and your friends start building shared photo albums, check out the March 22 On Security article “How to keep your Facebook privacy private.” Among other things, it’ll tell you how to limit who sees your albums.