Yogile: Collaborative online photo albums without registration

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A short while ago, a colleague of mine was asking if there was a site where she could have students post photos in an album collaboratively, move them around, and then share them. A couple of days ago, I stumbled on a site while looking for something unrelated. Yogile is a photo sharing site that has three options, one that is for unregistered users, a free registered account, and a paid option. For the purposes of my class, the free unregistered option works fine since the only real limitations are the file sizes and the 7 day limit. If you want a permanent place to post your photos, I would recommend something else. Even still, this is a great, quick option for the classroom that has a lot of potential. Here is how it works:

  • Go to Yogile and click on Get Started Now.

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  • Click on Click here to choose photos and then choose the photos from your computer you would like to share. You can always add more later. You can also choose to drag-and-drop photos on this page or even email them in using the unique email address created for this album.

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  • Click on Add more photos if you want to add more photos from a different folder, or click on Start uploading if you want to create the album. You can always add more photos later.

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  • You will now be taken to the album. You can change the name of the album by clicking on the My First Album name and typing in a new one.

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  • Click below the photo to see it in a shadowbox. You can then click on the Click to set title below the photo to add a title and then click Save. If you click on the Share button above the photo, you will get a link to share that photo, although people will also have access to the full album from there.

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  • Click on more above the photo and you will be given the options to start a slideshow, download the photo, or delete the photo. [Note: Only the person who uploaded the photo has the right to delete it].

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  • Clicking on the magic wand tool above the photo brings up a number of photo editing tools including filters and overlays. You can also do the usual crop and manual image adjustments to the photo. Click on Save to apply the changes.

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  • By clicking on the i button in the top-right corner, you can access the information panel of the photo and can add your title there along with date and location specifics.

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  • Back in the album view, there are a set of buttons above the photos that allow you make a few changes:
    • The first three buttons change the album view.
    • The next button starts a slideshow.
    • The down arrow button is for downloading all of the photos in the album. This is useful since the free albums disappear in 7 days.
    • The Settings button allows you to make some setting changes regarding sharing with others (ie. setting passwords, making it listed or private, changing the URL name, and change settings on what others can do to the album).
    • The Share button gives you the album URL.

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This is a great little tool that has a lot of functions for a registration-free album. Also, I haven’t seen one advertisement on the site. Add to that the fact that students can collaborate on slideshows, re-order photos for grouping ideas, and comment on the photos and this becomes a great tool for the classroom. The only real limitation that I can see is the 1 week removal.
Feel free to add your comments or send me a tweet at @nathanghall. Thank you!

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