Social networking websites are fast becoming the new telephone of the current age.  But they’re more than just telephones, they can also be used for letter writing and as photo albums.

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about (Where have you been?), I’m talking about websites such as facebook, myspace, twitter and flickr to name just a few.

Sites like these have become the norm and people use them for both personal and business reasons.  Why am I telling you all this you ask?  Because it’s never been easier to share your photos with the ones you love.

No longer do people have to sit through long, boring slide shows.  No longer do you have to lug out a big heavy photo album (once you’ve found the right one, there are always so many of them) then flip through endless pages just to show someone that photo you were talking about.

All your photos can now be stored online where there is no chance that you will burn to death as you try to save your precious photo albums.

Setting up a Flickr account is easy and storing your photos there is safe.  You can even choose whether to allow your photos to be viewed by the world or just kept private so you can show only those you want to. You can also browse through millions of photos that others have put up to get inspiration for your own photographs.

Facebook is fairly similar on the photo sharing side of things but there is a lot more of a social side to it which may not be for some people.

Social networking websites are also a great tool for business.  They allow you to reach out to many more people than the old fashioned street corner flyer.  Which is exactly what all savvy business’s want to do.

So go ahead and dip your toes into the giant pool that is photo sharing.  I suggest you start with Flickr or facebook but there are plenty of others to try also.

Happy Shooting!

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