If I make the switch in handling my photos on my Mac, from Picasa to iPhoto, then I need to have a way to have all of my photos synced and stored on cloud servers, for photo sharing online. (note, all photos, not just the most recent 1000.)

What is the most effective way for an iPhoto user to have their entire collection synced, stored, and shareable on a cloud server?


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iPhoto supports sharing of albums (including synchronising of comments, and name/face tagging) with Facebook.

This allows you to select a group of photos, and either put them into a Facebook album or post direct to a wall. If you synchronise with a Facebook album, then iPhoto will perform a 2 way sync and pull the new pictures down locally for offline storage.

If you are worried about Privacy, you can always create an account just for this and really lock it down.

If even works on photos of girls with seemingly impossible sized teeth:

Bite Me

Other than Facebook, sharing options are more limited. Apple used to offer the MobileMe gallery service, but that is now not open to new customers and will be turned off in the coming months.

There is limited support for Flickr (believe it was better in '09 than in '11, which is weird), but to get anything close to the Facebook levels of deep integration you will have to get happy with some scripting and automation to (for example) run a script after each import to automatically copy the contents of the last import to Flickr etc. This article talks of numerous ways to Flickr Sync, but non of them are as self-contained as Facebook sync, and require other tools and software to create a more complicated workflow, but it is possible and if you are a Flickr fan the extra effort may make it worthwhile

As a final option, you can still happily use your Picassa Web Albums, and just not use the local application, this question elsewhere in AskDifferent has an accepted answer on syncing iPhoto to Picassa.

  • Great post of options, plus I wish i could upvote again for letting us know it works for ladies with very large teeth!
    – jmlumpkin
    Mar 24, 2012 at 12:23
  • Really appreciate this info. I will look.... Most likely at the Picasa option. But really hope apple creates a real cloud photo system ... If it's gonna wave its cloud flag, then do it whole hog. However, they have the funny challenge where, if they unveil it, they will be getting about 20 Petabytes pouring in within a month or something... Strange world when your product has the problem of being doomed to be immediately heavily used. Well actually, I exaggerate ... I forgot that pricing level would limit that. THANKS Mar 25, 2012 at 8:33

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