The network effect of photo sharing
If you're like me, you've taken countless videos and photos during the holidays. Unfortunately, if you're like me, these photos are likely scattered across a number of camera phones, memory cards, digital cameras, photo-sharing services and old computers. A year or two ago, I wouldn't have guessed at how much messier our digital mess would get. Today, not only are we trying to organize our photos and videos, we're trying to organize the photos and videos friends want to share with us. I guess it's what's to be expected in this collaborative and open-source Internet world.
Consider this: People take about 2,000 digital photos a year, according to Lars Perkins, who founded Picasa, which was bought by Google. Digital camera sales topped 50 million in 2003, according to PMA Marketing Research. So, if you've been putting your photos online since then, you'd have roughly 6,000 photos to manage by today.
I'm testing out various services to see which one offers the easiest solution for me to share my videos from my Treo camera phone and digital camera. So far, my blogs pretty effective. The only problem is that this blog is pretty public. I'm sharing these personal videos that I took at a recent Rolling Stones concert as part of my commentary this weekend on MarketWatch's business magazine show.