Peter Kowalke

How Do People Manage Photos in 2015?

By on January 23, 2015

I’ve been designing web sites for more than 10 years now, and I was an early adopter of both WordPress and its more industrial cousin, Drupal. So I’ve been working with online photo posting for quite some time, and over the years I’ve developed both simple and complex ways to share photos. But I admit that I haven’t been posting photos for the past couple years, and now that I’m returning to photo posting I have discovered that we seem to be in some sort of photo dark ages.

Sure, everyone now can make photos easily. But despite all the social media sites and ways to share photos, I feel like we’ve gone backwards. It is hard to post photos once and do it quickly and coherently in 2015. Am I missing something?

I might be missing something. Social media has come to dominate our online lives, and that’s where we now share photos. And I suck at social media because as a writer and producer my time is worth too much to waste on the likes of Facebook. So I freely admit that I’m no social media expert.

What I’m finding is that Facebook really is where I need to share photos. Yet Facebook isn’t really good at managing photos, and I can’t share them publically very easily. So I have to turn to another service like Flickr or Smugmug, and now upload the photos twice (since Flickr can share with Facebook, but doesn’t do it well enough to use). This is craziness and a definite step backward, especially when I’m uploading from internet-starved places like Laos.

I have to be missing something. I know I complain a lot that the computing world is a lot worse off since Steve Jobs died, but is it really true that in 2015 there’s no easy way to post photos once and have everyone see them despite the fact that just about everyone needs this functionality

Please reach out to me if you if have a better solution.

Here’s what I’ve got at the moment:

  1. I Download photos to Apple’s Aperture photo management program and bulk tag the photos so all the photos of me at temples and monasteries actually means something (try looking at photos of Angkor Wat without captions and it blurs into an unrecognizable mass of ruins that nobody really can differentiate).
  2. I upload the photos twice. First I upload to my Flickr acct, then to Facebook.
  3. I Tweet about the uploads and make some noise so people know I’ve added stuff.

My photos can be viewed at my web site at https://peterkowalke.com/photos . This is annoying, though, because there’s also a more complete listing of photos at my Flickr page (I’m only allowed to feed the most recent photos to my site).

If you’re a Facebook friend, you also can see the photos in my Facebook albums. But there have been multiple reports that sometimes Facebook won’t acknowledge that I exist as a Facebook user–another reason for the public album on my site.

There’s got to be a better way, though. This is 2015. So how do you manage this problem?

Peter Kowalke

Peter is a relationship coach, writer/producer, and R&D monastic. He splits his time between San Francisco and Asia. Read more about Peter.