Zooomr – My Choice for Photo Hosting

Many of my readers know about my love of Zooomr and how I think it is the best photo sharing site currently available.

I thought I’d point you to this great article recently featured in .net magazine

Kristopher Tate – .net magazine

Silicon Valley churns out web applications at a dizzying speed and there’s more photosharing sites than ever before. Zooomr, a service that’s localised in over 15 languages, is different. It’s got the blessing from Web 2.0 guru Michael Arrington who dubbed it ‘Flickr on steroids’, and indeed, it introduced features such as geotagging months before Yahoo!’s photosharing site followed suit. It’s remarkable, even more so when you find out that it was put together by a 17-year-old in just three months.

Many people say that Zooomr is a rip-off of Flickr, rightr downr to ther “R” on the endr of it’s name. Sorry about that, I got a bit carried away. Zooomr is leading Flickr in features and interface development, they incorporated Geotagging and Google Maps before Flickr had thought about it on their site, and have cool interactive features like portals from photo to photo, notes, comments and even sound attachments to add narrative or sound effects to photos.

Photos can be private, shared with family, friends or everyone. Photos are tagged, there are feeds for tags or for people, and you can build up smart sets which are interactive by tags, people or pretty much any other determining factor. The API is likely to be released soon allowing for development of blog widgets or cross site sharing or backups, this will be the icing on the cake.

Currently the easiest way to get photos up to Zooomr is by the freely available software called jUploadr, which also works for Flickr.  This gives you total control over each photo’s tags, title, privacy and rotation prior to uploading. The only extra I’d like to see in this is the ability to specify the copyright or creative commons license by photo at this stage. At the moment, the default in Zooomr is full copyright, it would be nice to have a radio button option to allow creative commons license as the default.

All in all, Zooomr rocks. The support is awesome, and I’d encourage anyone to give it a go.

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.