Anonymous media sharing with MediaCrush

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Sharing videos or images doesn't always require a full-fledged YouTube or Flickr clone. Sometimes all you want is a quick place to upload, so you can link to your media or share it online. MediaCrush gives you just that, as well as other interesting perks.

MediaCrush [1] is not a Flickr, YouTube, or SoundCloud stand-in, nor is it meant to be. If that's what you need, check out MediaGoblin, which I talked about in a previous article [2]. MediaCrush works more like Imgur [3], which allows you to upload images quickly and easily – with no registration required (Figure  1).

Like Imgur, MediaCrush (Figure 2) does not require registration, and it is absurdly simple to upload images to the site. The main aim of the site is to provide links or code snippets for embedding your media elsewhere. It was originally developed specifically for Reddit and is 100% RES (Reddit Enhanced Suite) compatible [4].

Even better, MediaCrush is completely open source, distributed under a permissive MIT license. Apart from bitmap images, it allows for vector SVG graphics, video, and audio, and it uses all the tricks in the book to compress your files so your site loads faster for visitors.

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