By Candice Choi -- AP Personal Finance Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to sharing your photos online, the expectations are usually pretty basic: The service should be free.
So it might've been a rude awakening for members of KodakGallery.com who recently got word that their albums could be deleted unless they make a minimum annual purchase of $5. Those storing more than about 2,000 photos would need to spend $20 a year.
The good news is there's no shortage of alternatives. But sorting out the different features and extra costs can be confusing. As with Kodak Gallery, it turns out most sites charge fees for certain privileges. For instance, it's common for sites to resize images for online display, then charge to access photos in their original resolution.
As you prepare for Memorial Day festivities, here's a rundown of a few popular photo sharing sites and how they stack up.
The Basics: With 38 million members, Flickr stands out for its strong social networking component. Photos can be made private or public and posted in community groups.
The groups cover a variety of topics that can be fun to browse. One called "In Numerical Order," for instance, challenges members to upload photos of numbers around the world in sequential order.
Costs: A free account lets you view 200 photos at a time and upload about 100 new photos (100 megabytes), a month. For $25 a year, you get unlimited storage space and uploads, the ability to post video and no ads.
A 4x6 print costs 15 cents plus shipping, or 20 cents per print for pickup at a nearby Target department store.
Resolution: You need to pay for the $25 membership to access original resolution photos.
Special Features: Members can drag and drop photos onto a map to show where they were snapped. So seasoned travelers might have fun populating a world map with photos of all the places they've been.
If you're going on vacation to London, you could search the map to find other people's photos of Big Ben.
"You can see what the best angle is, and what the picture looks like," said Heather Champ, a Flickr spokeswoman.
You can also search mapped photos for particular objects, whether it's tulips, lighthouses or street art.