MyGreatWorld is a new and free approach to online photo-sharing. It is an attempt to provide an honest view of places in the world by organizing user-submitted photographs of similar locations. The home page starts you off with a clickable map of the world and a random selection of photos. Pick a continent, and you receive basic information about the region of the world, along with related photos, and the opportunity to continue drilling down to a specific location using either the map or text links on the left menu. Above the content, a horizontal search bar acts as a filter to specific topic such as Beach, Culture, or Streetlife.
When you find a photo you enjoy, its dedicated page features the option to rate it, as well as leave a comment, which are both effective ways to help build this new community. A view count advertises the popularity of any given photo, and a fun option is the ability to send the photo as an eCard.
Registering at MyGreatWorld is as simple as picking a username and password. Once you have an account, you are immediately able to start uploading an unlimited number of photos, though there is a maximum width of 900 pixels. Registration also enables you to begin voting on photos, leaving comments, and sending messages to other users. In addition, your profile has a unique URL which can be shared with others.
Dave is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Go Backpacking and Feastio. He's been to 66 countries and lived in Colombia and Peru. Read the full story of how he became a travel blogger.
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