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Uploading to the Cloud

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Photos, files, videos, documents, and many other kinds of [[social objects] are uploaded, posted to, and hosted by social applications "in the cloud." Without getting into the technology of grid computing or service level, uptime, redundancy, security, and backups, we'll just talk about the cloud in a more intuitive sense, as the place "out there" where we're increasingly leaving our email inboxes, our photographs, our financial information, and more.

Where social bookmarking deals with sharing pointers to objects, uploading the cloud means sharing the objects themselves, by contributing digital copies to the site's repository.

The terminology for this from the user point of view may be share, post, add, upload or even bookmark or send. Flickr talks about uploading photos and now videos. Facebook has an Add Photos button and a Photos tab with a button labeled "+Create a New Photo Album."

Uploaders typically hook into the user's system interface for browsing and selecting files (as used by an ordinary Open dialog box) when presented in a browser or application interface, and they can also be stand-alone client applications, which you may develop or which you may encourage third-party developers to create by publishing and facilitating the use of your APIs.

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The latest version of iPhoto now contains a native Flickr exporter (uploader) but even with earlier versions of iPhoto you could purchase an affordable plug-in called FlickrExport for iPhoto to upload one or more photos to Flickr directly from within the iPhoto application