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Nothing Comes For Free - Image Hosting

by Juan C Ruiz

Have you ever imagined how the world would be if consumers were given more free services that ever before? Is it worth every step of the way to know that there is no need to pay a single cent for something bought and consumed? Little by little the millions and millions of people are turning into a digitally dependent world with demands of this and that coming underway at almost no time. In contrast to these demands are the attempts to supply every need of the consumer to satisfy and please. In accordance to the topic of digital multimedia, with the onset of the internet and its never-ending compilation of information, in comes the abundance of services that would cater to the people in the form of free image hosting. How can this kind of website be able to afford a free offer in the world of consumerism? Image hosting is the process of transferring media from a device to be uploaded on a server which is mostly supervised and paid for by advertisers. This can be set publicly or privately to the preference of the user, for the purpose of sharing pictures to a wider set of people around the world at a click. These sites are convenient especially when sharing photos in forums, web pages, attachments in documents, and even on blogs. With its user-friendly interface, all ages will be able to utilize this service with proper consent and permission, especially for kids.

Just how free is free image hosting? One can be a regular user with an account through registration, either for a trial period or for a long time. While some sites offer lifetime packages of free uploading and downloading, some set up subscription plans, to call out on advertisers and donors, to help pay the server of the site. Having a free account can go as far as having adequate storage space, user-friendly galleries and upload limits for minimum internet traffic. Thought having a paid account can take it to the next level with chances to earn points or have more space and perks. How much free space does one really need for pictures and other media? Most sites offer unlimited space, while some have a minimum storage plus bonuses to please the user.

While most free image hosting sites are safe to use and are private, users are not guaranteed 100% prevention from image copyrights and infringements. Having to deal with authorities once a user is caught for such anomalies can cost so much more than what you could have bargained for using the free service. Another setback for free image hosting sites is that since the main financier are the advertisers alone, errors could occur while uploading or downloading, increasing the risk of personal photos to be exposed onto search engines due to the content applied through tags and comments. When using these services, proceed with caution, and read the rules and contents with care to avoid any misdirection and hassles in the future.

Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2009