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Sharing Lots of Photos

Alice McVey asked me to suggest a way to send hundreds of photos and videos to a friend

Alice McVey asked me to suggest a way to send hundreds of photos and videos to a friend

Sending them all by email can be very effective...if you want to waste a lot of time and end a friendship. Otherwise, there are better options.

The most obvious choice is a photo-sharing site like Flickr or Picasa. You upload your photos to the site (Flickr also supports short videos) and email the URL to your friends. They can inspect the pictures at their leisure, and download the ones they like.

Another option is to use a file-sharing site like Yousendit or 4Shared. These sites aren't really about photos; they're about huge files. You put all of the photos into one big .zip file, upload that, then tell your friend where they can download the file.

However, if you're talking about a collection that's so big you don't want to upload it, or so large that you'll have to pay for a site's premium service, your best bet would be to burn it to a DVD--or multiple DVDs--and mail the photos the old-fashioned way.

I'm not talking about creating a slideshow on a video DVD, but simply using the DVD as an inexpensive and mailable storage medium. After all, cheap ones hold more than 4GBs each and can cost less than 25 cents per disc.

Contributing Editor Lincoln Spector doesn't need his cats' permission to use their photos in PC World. Email your tech questions to him at answer@pcworld.com , or post them to a community of helpful folks on the PCW Answer Line forum . Follow Lincoln on Twitter .

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