What's your ecosystem for uploading, editing, backing up and sharing your photos and videos?
For sharing images, it largely depends on what I'm sharing and with whom.
Before G+ If I wanted to do a quick and dirty share I would throw stuff on FB (that's the easiest way to reach family/extended friends).
I find now that I use G+ for most sharing and am happy to link back to the post or album on Twitter and Facebook. This lets me keep things central instead of having collections all over the place.
For non-day to day sharing, like if I'm sharing a collection of photos or a specific event I will host them myself (this lets me make sure the quality is exactly what I want it to be.. FB destroys images while downsizing and I think Google has a ways to go with G+ & Picasa in terms of interface).
The database for my gallery corrupted like two years ago and I still haven't fixed it. I'd really like to get to the point that I'm hosting all the images I share and can just point people there. The trick is finding time. ;)
In terms of software, I like Picasa more than iPhoto however Picasa can't handle even 1/4 of the photos I have backed up so when I was using Picasa I had to plan ahead which was annoying.
My mom has a lot of good stuff to say about Adobe Elements. That software often comes with cameras. I've never used it personally.
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Back when we had only one child sharing every picture with family and friends was a huge deal. Three more kids later it has become less of a priority. I hope you find something that works and keeps you motivated in doing this. It's been harder for us the busier life has gotten. Happy holidays, Barry!