December 13, 2010

Yogile – Private Photo Sharing

Parents, grandparents, friends, and couples are always looking for new ways to share photos privately without inviting the rest of the world to peek in. With Yogile, that goal might finally be a reality. The ultra-private photo sharing website lets groups of friends and family members create memorable photo albums that can be kept locked away from outsiders with minimal effort.

To start using Yogile, just sign up for a free account and start uploading pictures. In addition to being able to upload photos through a button on the site, you can also take advantage of e-mail and MMS uploading options. Select whether a new album should have a password by entering one or leaving the field blank, and then add a description or caption to each photo – just as you would with any other photo sharing service. Each album will have a unique web address that can be quickly shared with friends via email or IM. These friends, then, can also become collaborators on the album by uploading their own related pictures. A collection of 30 photos from your cousin’s Bat Mitzvah can quickly turn into 300, once all the other family members in attendance start including their own candid snapshots in the album you created.

Although users with free accounts are limited to just 100MB of storage per month, upgraded storage options are available with paid plans. And unlike some other photo album applications, Yogile allows users to retain all the rights to any images they upload onto the site. For families and other close-knit groups looking for a simple way to share private photos online, Yogile is an excellent application to try out.

Practical Uses:

  • Share photos of your newborn son with family members online
  • Upload photos of your home without worrying about giving too much information to burglars
  • Invite everyone at your wedding to upload their snapshots to one album
  • Send photos of the company party to coworkers without your boss finding out

Insider Tips:

  • Free account users can upload as many photos as they wish, as long as they stay below 100MB per month
  • Users retain all rights to any photos they upload
  • Albums that have been shared in the public directory can be viewed by anyone
  • Users can choose whether or not to add password protection to any album

What we liked:

  • Families can share photos of young children without worrying about giving out too much information to strangers
  • Party hosts can ask all their guests to upload photos to a group album
  • Each album has its own URL where friends can see the pictures at any time
  • Photos can be uploaded directly through the site, or sent to an album via email or MMS

What we didn’t like:

  • The 100MB per month storage limit is fairly low for users who upload high-res images


Company Info:

  • Launched: June 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Netherlands
  • Founded by: Maurice Sikkink
  • Web site:


  • Free plan
  • Upgraded plan is $24.95/year


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