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TinyPic

Video and Image Sharing


Tiny
Published 02/06/2013 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

TinyPic is a photo and video sharing tool. Users can upload a video or image file or access the content through a URL. The website includes a resize option that includes sizes popular for internet use, such as thumbnail, avatar, website, message board, 15” screen and 17” screen. An email sharing option is included so users can deliver the image or video directly to the recipient. The site provides the user with a number of URL and code options, including HTML, IMG for forums, direct link and a URL for email or IM. The page also includes the user’s last three uploaded files. A print and “Share on MySpace” option is available as well as an “Add to Favorites” link so users can bookmark the images and videos they like.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

TinyPic offers a convenient way to share video and image content. The site has been mentioned all over the web; however its services are very basic by modern standards. Rather than a Twitter and Facebook sharing link the site only offers one for the rather dated MySpace. TinyPic was the center of some controversy in September of 2010 when it decided to limit access to its upload feature to U.S. users only. A brief update indicated that upload capability had been restored to Spanish users.

What are the differences to other apps?

One of the things most users will notice about TinyPic is what it does not have. The site comes across as dated considering its limited features. The user’s last three uploads are included on the new image screen. Since there are no user accounts these could be images uploaded by a different user on the same computer. The site also doesn’t include the many social network sharing options that its competitors usually provide.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

TinyPic manages to keep things as simple as possible with a wide open white background and narrow header bars. The colorful log adds personality and the various buttons and data fields are nice and clean. The interface is easy to navigate and user friendly. There is plenty of room to add a few more functions to the mix if the site’s owner Photobucket ever decided to build upon what the application already has.

How does the registration process work?

TinyPic does not ask users to create an account. All visitors are given access to the uploader (as long as they live in a country that is permitted to use it). Each user is given access to all current features with no limitations. This helps streamline the process however it also limits the personalization options that TinyPic can offer its users.

What does it cost to use the application?

TinyPic is available to all users at no cost. There are no accounts required so anyone can utilize the sharing service whenever they like. Charging a fee would deter almost every user that still visits the site. TinyPic does not offer anything enticing that would encourage users to pay a fee. The basic service could use an overhaul before any premium additions are presented.

Who would you recommend the application to?

TinyPic is rather limited, but it does have its users. Internet users who want to share casual images and videos can do so quickly using the application. The uploader appears right on the homepage and doesn’t require any personal information. Some countries may not be able to access all features, so users in the United States would fare better when searching for a fast way to send an image or video to a friend.

  • Upload images and video
  • Share videos and images with a URL
  • Resize to avatar, thumbnail, and more when uploading
  • Send shared content by email
  • Search Photobucket instantly


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