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"Image Sharing" refers to the digital dissemination of photographs on various online platforms. It began in the mid to late 1990s with services primarily focusing on online print ordering. Over time, numerous platforms like Webshots, SmugMug, Yahoo![5] Photos, and Flickr[2] have flourished, offering different revenue models including free, subscription-based, and revenue-sharing. There are various methods for image sharing, including peer-to-peer sharing, peer-to-server, peer-to-browser, and via social networks. Nowadays, mobile and app-based image sharing is also popular, with platforms like Instagram[1], Snapchat[3], and Nice leading the way. Technological advances such as AI and facial recognition software have transformed the way images are shared and classified. However, these developments have also raised privacy[4] concerns and criticism, with employers and privacy activists debating the implications of image sharing on social networks.

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1. Instagram ( Instagram ) Instagram is a social media platform, initially released in 2010 by founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. It started as a check-in application named Burbn but later pivoted to a photo-sharing app, leading to the name Instagram. The platform is widely recognized for its photo and video sharing capabilities, complemented by features like hashtags, stories, and direct messaging. It has undergone significant growth and evolution over the years, expanding to multiple operating systems and continuously adding new tools and features. These include IGTV, Reels, and live streaming enhancements, aiming to enhance user experience. Instagram also focuses on user safety, implementing child safety policies, and privacy measures. It has become a key player in digital marketing, with advertising initiatives and influencer engagement strategies.
2. Flickr ( Flickr ) Flickr is an online photo management and sharing application that initially launched on February 10, 2004. It was first created by Ludicorp, a company founded by Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake, before undergoing several ownership changes, including acquisition by Yahoo!, Verizon Communications, and ultimately SmugMug. Flickr provides both free and premium account options, with varying levels of storage and access to features. Users can organize their images into photostreams, albums, and collections, control their privacy settings, and engage with other users through features like tagging and commenting. Flickr is built on standard HTML and HTTP features, ensuring compatibility across various platforms and browsers. Controversies and changes in policies have marked its history, but it remains a key platform for photo sharing, offering a variety of Creative Commons licenses.
Image sharing (Wikipedia)

Image sharing, or photo sharing, is the publishing or transfer of digital photos online. Image sharing websites offer services such as uploading, hosting, managing and sharing of photos (publicly or privately). This function is provided through both websites and applications that facilitate the upload and display of images. The term can also be loosely applied to the use of online photo galleries that are set up and managed by individual users, including photoblogs. Sharing means that other users can view but not necessarily download images, and users can select different copyright options for their images.

A photo shared on the Instagram app

While photoblogs tend only to display a chronological view of user-selected medium-sized photos, most photo sharing sites provide multiple views (such as thumbnails and slideshows), the ability to classify photos into albums, and add annotations (such as captions or tags).

Desktop photo management applications may include their own photo-sharing features or integration with sites for uploading images to them. There are also desktop applications whose sole function is sharing images, generally using peer-to-peer networking. Basic image sharing functionality can be found in applications that allow you to email photos, for example by dragging and dropping them into pre-designed templates.

Photo sharing is not confined to the web and personal computers, but is also possible from portable devices such as camera phones, either directly or via MMS. Some cameras now come equipped with wireless networking and similar sharing functionality themselves.

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