Go ahead and get Spotted

Published 2:47 pm Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I’ve got a confession to make. Those photos that we’ve been putting in the “You Spotted” section of our newspapers have not been coming from our “Spotted” Web site.

In the Feb. 14 issue of The Demopolis Times, we published an article about how readers can upload their own photos on our “Spotted” Web site, but thus far, not many people have taken advantage of this feature. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll talk you through getting your own gallery on “Spotted” and downloading your photos.

First, go to the Spotted Web site: spotted.demopolistimes.com (there is no “www”). Click on the purple “You Spotted” tab under the banner at the top of the page, then click on “Register for Free” if you don’t already have an account at www.demopolistimes.com. It is free, and there is no obligation to open an account.

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Enter your e-mail address and click the “I accept the terms of use” box (after you have read the terms of use on the right). Once you receive information from our site in your e-mail box, you can set a user name and password that will enable you to post photos on “Spotted,” comment on articles on demopolistimes.com and other things.

Once your user name is in place, go back to the “Spotted” page and sign in by clicking the “Sign In” link at the top of the page. At the top right, where it says “My Dashboard,” click on the “Upload Now” link to upload your photos. Near the middle of the page, click on the “Add Files” link and find the photo that you want to upload on your computer. When you are ready to upload, click the “Upload Files” button. Your photo will then be uploaded to your gallery. Once it’s uploaded, you can add a photo credit or caption explaining who is in the photo and other information about the photo. If you would like your photo featured in The Demopolis Times, we would like to have information about that photo included.

That’s all there is to it! We will then browse through the “Spotted” galleries and find photos to feature in the newspaper. Maybe you will catch one of your photos in our “You Spotted” feature!

You can also set up scrapbooks, connect with friends and use other features provided on Spotted.

It’s a free and simple way to share photos with your friends and the community. While you’re at the Web site, look around and tinker with some of the things that are available. We look forward to seeing some of your photos soon!

David Snow is managing editor of the Demopolis Times.