Shopping around for a photography website to call home. Not sure where I'll land yet. Some thoughts so far...
deviantArt: I've had a presence there for years, but I am not sure if the "tone" of the site is really right for my work. However, it seems to have the most bang for the buck for free users, which is a huge factor. I do not want to be pinned down to a paid account that can be lost or made unavailable due to future financial downturns. I like the ability to sell prints, I like the vast community. Really, I do like it here.
Picasa Web Folders: Well, this one seamlessly merges with my editing software, which is currently Picasa. Plus, I seem to be finding myself more and more in bed with Google, which is the owner of these products. However, they do have a 1GB limit on their free accounts, which will be a problem eventually. I am not sure about what sort of community/social networking features are offered yet- further exploration required.
Facebook: This is the current dumping ground for my photos. Not a portfolio, a dumping ground. I put almost everything in here that does not have a thumb or a camera strap in it. This will always be the dumping ground for family photos, of course. However, for everything else, I am not sure I will continue. Still, it is easy for bulk uploads and has unlimited storage, so I probably won't change what I am doing at this time here.
Photo.net: Five pictures for free accounts? Really? This seems to share a lot of the same features as deviantArt, perhaps a bit more professional. I am sure that charging for the service weeds out a lot of the wheat from the chafe, but, as I said above, I have concerns about being tied to a pay site.
Photobucket: So far, I like. I need to find out more. I may keep something around like deviantArt for a select portfolio, and something like this for a more expanded selection of pictures, maybe even a new dumping ground a la Facebook. Maybe a bit more selective that FB. But I need to spend some more time exploring here. As with Picasa, I am not sure about what sort of community/social networking features are offered yet- further exploration required.
And that is the real point, I need to spend some more time getting to know most of these sites, and I need to keep exploring and seeing what else is out there.