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How to share what you find on the web.

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As a follow up to my recent posts about ‘Sensible networking’, here are a handful of useful instructions – N.B. some of this requires you to log in:Share

Just  follow  these  instructions  precisely  and  you can’t go wrong. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is, once you’ve done something once or twice.  You can share thousands of photos to whoever you want, without ever including an attachment – and in a very clean and neat way – WITH VERY LITTLE EFFORT.

How to make a web album with Picasa:

1) go to http://picasaweb.google.com/home

2) click the ‘Upload’ button

3) in the pop-up, click ‘create a new album’

4) give it a name, optional description and an optional ‘Place taken’.

4) say whether to share with ‘Public’, ‘Unlisted’ or ‘Sign in required to  view’,  dependent  upon  privacy  needs (probably just the default ‘Public’ is fine for you, in most cases).

5) Optionally say who you wan to be notified of this album

6) Click the ‘Continue’ button

7) Browse for up to five photos to add to the album (you can add more, later)

8) Click ‘Start Upload’

Done.

If anything is unclear click ‘Learn more’

N.B.  You  can  also  use the Picasa program to make albums and upload photos. This is better for lots of photos and for organising your albums.

How to share the album:

1) click the ‘My Photos’ tab

2) Select the album that you want to share

3) Click ‘Share’

4)  Fill  in  any email addresses you want. You can also select one of your  G-mail  contact  groups.  It  you click ‘Edit’ you can add to or remove  from   the   group.

N.B. To administer your groups go to:
http://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en#contacts There you can add new groups, add people to a group, delete groups, etc.

5)  You  can  also  add  your  own message to the emails, that will be automatically sent.

6)  If  you  want to receive a copy of the mail, check the appropriate box

7) Click ‘Send’

8) Done

All  the  people  that  you  have  indicated  will receive a specially constructed  email, from Picasaweb pointing to your lovely album, with a beautiful sample image (very small), your message, the date etc. and links to various things like View album & Play slideshow.

N.B. Sharing with the Picasa program is different. This will send the actual  photos  (albeit re-sized down) to the email addresses (NOT the best way, unless it’s only a very few photos to a very few people).

How to share a YouTube video that you found:

1) Go to YouTube and find a video that you like to share

2) Click ‘Share’

3)  click ‘Email this video’

4) Done

A  new mail will open in your mail client, with the  link  already pasted into it, ready for you to send to whoever you want.

It’s  really  that  simple.  You  will  find  the  word ‘Share’ on many web-sites,  these days. They all work slightly differently and you have to use common sense, a bit, but the principle is always the same.

You can often share with a single click or two, to e-mail addresses and lists  of e-mail addresses, Twitter, Blogger, Facebook, etc. etc.
etc.

Finally:

What to do if there is no ‘Share’ link on the page:

If  you  land  on any old web-page, without any fancy ‘Share’ link and you want to share what you’ve seen.

1)  Go  to the addressbar, at the top of the browser (where the URL is written).

2) Click it once and it will be selected (go blue)

3)  Press Ctrl-C on your keyboard or right-click the blue area and say ‘Copy’.

4)  Open  a  new  email  and paste the Url into it. Add your recipient list, message etc and send.

Just  follow  these  instructions  precisely  and  you can’t go wrong. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is, once you’ve done something once or twice.  You can share thousands of photos to whoever you want, without
ever including an attachment – and in a very clean and neat way – WITH VERY LITTLE EFFORT.

BTW:  The  above  does  not apply if someone wants to work on an image that  you  have  on your computer.

To  do  professional  image editing (or printing high quality on photo paper),  you must start with the original from the camera, which would be  very  large.

In this case (and only this case), sending as an attachment is OK.

One  or two small photos to a very few people is also acceptable, as a convenience,  but  NOT  albums  full  of photos, large photos or video clips, just to view.

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