Photo or file upload (and upload-only) service
September 1, 2010 6:54 PM   Subscribe

What is the simplest possible way to allow multiple people with very little tech-savvy to upload digital photos to a central repository (preferably write-only)?

This is similar to a previous question, but I am wondering if the state of the art has changed since then, and I'm interested in something very simple -- ideally that doesn't make the photos available to everyone to see.

Ideally the process would be something like this:
(1) Go to a particular URL from a Mac or Windows
(2) Click on a link and a file chooser appears, and prompts the user which files to upload
(3) A few weeks later, I can go to an admin interface and download what everyone else has uploaded.

No registration required, no fancy interface to learn, no sharing or commenting or tagging features.

I could host this on my own (Linux) web server or use a web service. I'm willing to pay. It doesn't need to be something tailored toward photos. (An old school FTP site would be fine, except that many of these users are not tech-savvy enough to figure out how to upload via FTP).

Any ideas?
posted by L'homme armé to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
You could set up a Flickr account with all settings on "Private" and then just have people email the photos to the Flickr account. Flickr has a feature where it gives you a unique email address to which you can send a photo and it puts the photo on the Flickr page, with the subject and body of the email becoming the title and caption of the photo. The email does not, as far as I know, have to come from any particular email address.
posted by The World Famous at 6:59 PM on September 1, 2010


I haven't tried it, but Droopy looks like it would fit your bill, except there is no admin interface. Instead, it just drops files into whatever directory you specify. You could use ftp/scp or whatever to pull the files down, if you're not running it on your local machine.
posted by fings at 7:14 PM on September 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


http://www.yogile.com/ might fit the bill.

From their page:
Yogile is a photo sharing service that makes it incredibly easy to share images privately and within groups. Why we're different?
* Lets multiple people contribute with ease.
* Add photos as e-mail attachments or uploads through the site.
* Customizable URL and e-mail address per album, to share with anyone who wants to add photos.
* No need for these users to register, keeping the process simple.

Use Case
Take a wedding for example. Dozens of attendees take their own photos, all from different cameras and angles. While you might try asking everyone for their shots afterward, Yogile offers a smart alternative by giving everyone your customized album URL or e-mail address.

I haven't tried it yet, but read about it in a blog and thought it sounded interesting.
posted by cpdavy at 7:16 PM on September 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I believe drop.io can accomplish all that, and the interface could not be simpler.
posted by tristero at 7:44 PM on September 1, 2010


Do you need to have the pictures displayed in a gallery after being uploaded? If all you need is for them to send the pictures to you (and nothing else), You could sign up for a Dropbox account and use Send to Dropbox. Then they can just email the pictures to a special email address.
posted by thebestsophist at 9:10 PM on September 1, 2010


mobile.me is very easy to upload things to... like grandma simple.
posted by Brent Parker at 9:46 PM on September 1, 2010


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