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When you upload pictures on a website/server, can you say that the pictures are "up there"? That is, "on the website/server"?

When can I see our road trip pictures?

Sorry, I forgot to tell you that the pictures are already up there.

(In that sentence, "up there" is a way to say "on the website" or "on the server".)

Can you use the word "up" to refer to something on a website/server? Or do you have to say something like "on there" or "up on there" to make sense?

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Presuming enough context has been set, so that the hearer knows what website you are referring to, there are plenty of ways you could say this:

Sorry, I forgot to tell you that the pictures are already up there.

I have no problem with that wording, although there are several similar ways the same information could be conveyed:

Sorry, I forgot to tell you that the pictures are already up.
Sorry, I forgot to tell you that the pictures are up there already.
Sorry, I forgot to tell you that the pictures have already been uploaded.
Sorry, I forgot to tell you that the pictures are up already.
Sorry, I forgot to tell you that the pictures are on the server already.
Sorry, I forgot to say that I put the pictures up on there already.
Sorry, I forgot to mention that I uploaded the pictures already.

I think I'd understand all of these just fine, and any of them would work for day-to-day conversation.

In a more formal context, I'd be inclined to use uploaded instead of up, and I'd probably leave off the "there," which isn't necessary:

Sorry, I forgot to tell you that I've already uploaded the pictures.

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  • +1 in my shop we post pictures and videos and scripts for clients to download all the time, and I would most likely notify a client by emailing "Hey, Bob -- just wanted to let you know the video's up. Here's the link." Nov 9, 2013 at 14:08
  • I find it interesting that what seems me the simplest and most likely form doesn't figure at all in your list - ...the pictures are already there. Nov 10, 2013 at 3:07
  • @Fumble - That one works quite nicely, yes.
    – J.R.
    Nov 10, 2013 at 4:01
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Correct. "Up" as referring to content on a webserver, is an informal usage referring to the process of "uploading" from a local computer to a server, a network, the Internet, etc.

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