This Has To Be The Easiest Photo-Sharing Site Ever

The web is awash with photo-sharing sites, such as Flickr.  But while these sites are a great way to show off your own work to others, and to share photos that you've taken, they don't make it particularly easy to share the job of contributing the images.  It's generally accepted that one person will create and upload the pictures, and others will share the job of looking at them.

But a startup site called Project Minus (www.min.us)  aims to change all that.  It's incredibly quick and easy to use, looks fantastic, and makes a superb job of allowing a group of people to upload and view images.  Ideal if you want to create a common repository for a group of people to upload their own pictures of, say, a wedding or a school play.

Assuming you have a supported browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or IE9), just fire up the site, drag some photos onto the empty page, and you're done.  Yes, really.  It takes just seconds, there's no need to sign up, and the results are superb.  Some very clever Javascript code takes care of the uploading, and if you resize your browser then all the images get dynamically resized in real time too. 

Once you've dragged your images, you'll be allocated 2 unique URLs by which to access your collection.  One is for viewing, while the other allows editing (renaming existing pics, uploading new images, etc etc).  Just give those URLs to your fellow wedding guests, or proud parents, and the photo-sharing exercise is complete.

There are other features too. You can, if you want, sign up and create an account on the site.  For more news about what's coming in the future, see the developers' blog.

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by superqaz on 8. April 2013 - 11:02  (106903)

anyone know if Minus will generate html code for use in ebay listings [makes a link to ur pix]

by Warning (not verified) on 31. August 2011 - 3:38  (78704)

Apparently ESET NOD32 is identifying the MINUS site as having dangerous content and blocking it. Good enough for me to stay away from it

Thanks

by MidnightCowboy on 31. August 2011 - 6:20  (78723)

I really do wonder at the benefits of such products which are not only littered with false positives, but are also inconsistent with their findings.

URLVoid for instance has only one "suspicious" entry flagged by Norton which is normal for them if the file is not in their database. In other words, if they haven't heard of it, gets flagged as "suspicious" so if anyone gets infected their hands are clean.

http://www.urlvoid.com/

Entering minus.com directly into the Norton scanner though provides a "safe" rating! :)

http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=http%3A%2F%2Fminus.com%2F

Scanning with VirusTotal produces a 0/16 result.

http://www.virustotal.com/url-scan/report.html?id=e2355e0d392dddc4eae525...

by John Xie (not verified) on 10. May 2011 - 4:19  (71710)

Hey,

John here from http://Min.us - We have just launched a new update after a month+ of hard work, please take a look :)!

Highlights:

- Increased to 50MB per file limit
- Instant Search (Find users + Search through your own + friends' galleries)
- New Profiles ( ex: http://min.us/u/john )
- Timeline on homepage
- Gallery browse using mouse scroll + copy to clipboard icon
- Interactive galleries for MP3 Music, PDF Documents, Video and more..
- and more more!

The full changelog here: http://blog.min.us
Newsletter: http://blog.min.us/newsletter/5-8-2011.htm

All suggestions and feedback are welcome =)

Thanks
John@min.us

by John Xie (not verified) on 1. January 2011 - 12:59  (63652)

Hi!

John here from Minus and just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

As a new years surprise, we've deployed and added File Upload Support today so give it a try by drag dropping any files onto http://min.us now!

On top of that per upload size limit is now 10MB! Read more on http://blog.min.us or try uploading some files now onto http://Min.us

Cheers and again be sure to email us info@min.us any suggestions you have!
John

by John Xie (not verified) on 24. December 2010 - 0:22  (63165)

Hi everyone,

John here, co-founder of Minus. Just wanted to drop by and say thanks for everyones support.

For any developers out there, we've just released our API at http://min.us/pages/api so take a look.

Cheers
John

by Lowndes (not verified) on 17. November 2010 - 14:26  (61323)

It's so easy it's hard. We really need more of a challenge to make it worthwhile, like setting up a network with Win 3.5.

I was able to download 45-50 pics at a time by highlighting the bunch and drag/drop the whole thing. Takes a few moments, and don't mess with anything while downloading, just let it finish.

I was looking for this.

THANKS, Gizmo!!!

by Drongo on 16. November 2010 - 14:15  (61281)

Tried it, used Firefox, no need to log in, the site works great. It's as easy as advertised.

by suruha (not verified) on 15. November 2010 - 22:30  (61264)

For my needs, this site is awesome! I collaborate with others often enough that this will sure make showing each other our ideas easy. That the recipients can download what I send is nice, too. I know that there are scads of other sites that will do this very same thing, but, not this quick!

Thanks for the tip and this site.

su

by From Portugal (not verified) on 15. November 2010 - 19:48  (61253)

Works great. Firefox no problem. What is the fuss about? It just works!
Well done.

by Forrest (not verified) on 15. November 2010 - 18:56  (61249)

Maybe easy to use when you find it, but I can't find where to start, even. All the sites associated with min.us seem to lead elsewhere. Gizmo, show us how to follow up on your tip.

by Anupam on 15. November 2010 - 19:04  (61251)

What do you mean by all the sites? There is only one site min.us, the link of which is mentioned in the article. What problem are you having exactly?

by HR (not verified) on 15. November 2010 - 17:45  (61245)

Sorry to say this, but. . . This certainly isn't the "easiest" photo sharing site ever.

Why on earth does a debut product shackle itself to IE9?

I can't even stand IE8, so being compelled to adopt IE9 merely to use this "easiest" photo sharing service makes the choice easy only in that it ain't for me.

by PETER MEREDITH (not verified) on 15. November 2010 - 17:58  (61247)

HERE HERE, NO IE & NO FIREFOX ?????

by Ross (not verified) on 17. November 2010 - 6:33  (61308)

you need to use Firefox 3.6+

by Wild West (not verified) on 15. November 2010 - 15:52  (61240)

RE the statement "Assuming you have a supported browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or IE9, just fire up the site, drag some photos onto the empty page, and you're done", why would any Website designer in his right mind specify the BETA version of Internet Explorer 9 to the extent of excluding other versions of IE? Folks on other forums are taking it to mean they need IE9 but don't want to install BETA software.

by Handyman (not verified) on 15. November 2010 - 15:40  (61239)

Dropmocks forces you to first resize file to meet their specs. Min.us does not. It works much better.

by Marcellus (not verified) on 15. November 2010 - 15:26  (61238)

Whoa! Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

DropMocks' home page (http://www.dropmocks.com/) says this:

"DropMocks is the easiest way to create and share beautiful image galleries online. Just drag your image files onto this page, and we’ll do the rest."

while Minus' home page (http://min.us/) says this:

"Minus helps you create and share galleries online. Drag your pictures onto this page, and we’ll do the rest."

Who's ripping off who's design here?

by Jojo Yee on 16. November 2010 - 4:43  (61269)

On the About Minus page, it mentions that its first prototype was inspired by Glen Murphy's design, with a link to his projects page, including DropMocks.

by PiffleMaster (not verified) on 15. November 2010 - 14:50  (61234)

Site seems to be down at the moment...

by PiffleMaster (not verified) on 15. November 2010 - 14:54  (61235)

Oops, my bad. Should have read more closely to see IE8 isn't supported.

by Mark A (not verified) on 15. November 2010 - 13:56  (61233)

I'm using IE9 (notionally the site is optimised for it) and I'm getting a message : "If you're seeing this message your browser is not fully supported."

???

by John Xie (not verified) on 14. November 2010 - 9:18  (61176)

Hi everyone,

My name is John, co-founder of Minus and I'd like to say thanks for the awesome feedback.

To address few questions and concerns here, we're definitely going to stick around for a long time and we have many revenue stream and monetization models planned for implementation in the near future that will not affect/intrude upon the user experience. On top of that Minus is all about simplicity and minimalism and we will definitely keep that on our top priority when considering any UI changes including adding any ads such as text-based ads etc..

We do plan to support other features in the near future but our goal for Minus isn't to compete with Flickr nor other image sharing sites, but to create a simple and easy way for people to share online. We have plans to support documents (PDF,TXT,PPT,DOC preview) and much more but the goal is to allow users to share files under 5 seconds without having to worry about any BS or "Long URLs" any time, any where and fast.

Please be sure to continue to send us your suggestions to http://feedback.min.us
Be sure to subscribe to us via our
Blog: http://blog.min.us
Twitter: http://twitter.com/mindotus
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Minus/116014978458263

Thanks again and keep your suggestions coming! I'll subscribe to here to check for response!

John [AT] min.us

by Anonymous9999 (not verified) on 14. November 2010 - 7:34  (61175)

Well for a group they can always create a new id on flickr and share login info. How is it going to be different then? Correct me if I am wrong

thanx

by Jojo Yee on 14. November 2010 - 1:45  (61167)

Good find!

by noads-notlikely (not verified) on 13. November 2010 - 17:51  (61152)

"What I would seek is to see a one-click image uploading hosting site, with a fast & stable UI, clean site (no unwanted/obscene ads) and good support for slideshows and backups"

So you would like the perfect site, without paying for it, and without even having to deal with ads?

This is the problem with the Internet these days. Everyone expects perfection for absolutely nothing. As if someone owes it to them.

The biggest issue with min.us is that there is no revenue stream. They won't continue to provide a service, that costs them money, without getting something back out of it - forever. That means that everyone who is uploading images to this site is likely to find the site missing at some point, or be hit with an unexpected charge to get to their pics.

That makes this site a minus in my opinion.

I run an image hosting site *with* ads and I still don't make any money off of it. Most days I wonder why I even keep it online.

by veekay on 17. January 2011 - 20:13  (64736)

I said "unwanted/obscene ads". I have absolutely no problem with a legitimate adsense-driven site, as that might be the only revenue stream for small-scale firms. I guess all ads could be termed unwanted, but that is a separate line-of-thought, so let's not go there.

However, the reason that Firefox plugins like Adblock Plus are popular, is because of the irritating popup/popunder ads, obscene ads (on a site not even related to that kind of content), and of course covert XSS or other kinds of scriptjacking exploits that abound on seemingly innocent image-hosting sites.

And if anyone thinks that their web startup cannot mint money, it is because their business model is flawed (and they don't know how to interest their target audience and the angel investors). Google was a web-tech startup, and it has become an unstoppable behemoth now.

Give us simplistic and useful sites (with maybe some unobtrusive ads), and you can expect a lot of visitors.

Do you any see ads on Stumbleupon? Yet it is a famous amongst website owners for continously sending its "long tail" of visitors, long after the "Digg effect" is over. That is innovation, and they are able to monetize their human-powered search database.

Min.us looks good and feels good, and their co-founder John Xie insists that they will stay afloat. My best wishes are with them. The internet needs more players, and as long as that keeps happening, the world wide web will be a better place.

by veekay on 13. November 2010 - 16:22  (61150)

Picasa and Flicr have had their own easy uploading features ages ago: Picasa Web Albums and Flickr Uploadr, respectively. And picture hosting sites are dime a dozen.

Min.us seems to be simplified (no-unnecessary-frills) version of Picasa and Flicr. Interestingly, it supports drag-and-drop support of image uploads, with short URLS (anonymous or login-based, take your pick) and slideshows (using Plupload which supports HTML5, Flash, Silverlight, Gears, native HTML).

The creators of min.us seem to be inspired by DropBox and DropMocks, and they intend to add support for PSD and PDF formats, which I think is good as long as they don't lose their focus.

What I would seek is to see a one-click image uploading hosting site, with a fast & stable UI, clean site (no unwanted/obscene ads) and good support for slideshows and backups. Thus far, min.us seems to fit that bill perfectly.

Min.us is a pl.us in my book! :-)

by Sope on 15. November 2010 - 12:19  (61231)

On initial inspection Minus does look pretty much identical to DropMocks as far as I can see?

by 0r3n on 15. November 2010 - 16:48  (61243)

OMG! they look the same!

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