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How TinyPic Works


Using TinyPic
After you upload content, TinyPic presents link codes so you can share images or video with friends via numerous Web-based tools and popular Web sites such as Facebook.
After you upload content, TinyPic presents link codes so you can share images or video with friends via numerous Web-based tools and popular Web sites such as Facebook.
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Because you don't have to register to use TinyPic, you can jump right in and get to work. The site's layout is simple, with four main options (Upload, Images, Videos, Categories) listed across the top of your screen.

If you want to immediately upload a file, click Upload, then Browse and then locate the desired file on your computer. Indicate whether the file is an image or video and then add keyword tags that describe the content. For images, choose resizing options, so that the site automatically changes your picture into a variety of sizes. Those sizes range from the tiny avatars that many people use to show their portraits on online communities to images large enough to fill a 17-inch screen. For video, you can select the standard or high-definition setting.

There are, however, a few restrictions on the file types you upload. Still images can't be larger than 1,600 pixels in width or height. TinyPic will actually automatically reduce your picture's size if it exceeds that limit. You can upload picture formats such as JPG, PNG, GIF, base-64 encoded or BMP files.

Videos face similar restrictions. Your files must be smaller than 100MB and shorter than 5 minutes. Again, TinyPic will automatically reduce the file's size if it's too large, meaning the surprise ending of an overly-long video won't make the cut. Supported video formats include popular formats such as AVI, MP4, MPEG4, FLV, DV, WMV and a whole slate of others.

After you upload your file, TinyPic displays various codes that help you use that file in numerous social networking or messaging functions. You receive HTML code for Web sites, IMG code for forums and message boards, or a URL you can share via e-mail or instant messaging. There are also icons that let you quickly embed your media into popular social networking sites such Facebook and MySpace. Just click the corresponding icon, enter your login information, and TinyPic posts your media to that account. Or you can enter e-mail addresses and TinyPic will send images or clips directly to your friends' inboxes.

Unlike a lot of online galleries that feature private areas, TinyPic is totally public, so other users can view everything you post. And nothing is permanent. TinyPic deletes your files if they're not viewed for 90 days, or if views exceed 10,000.

TinyPic offers a lot of ways to share your files through the Internet. There are so many options, in fact, that it would be easy to upload all of your pictures and images without a second thought. Do remember, however, that every file is public, and that other users can share links to your files as easily as you can.


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