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In the application I am developing, I'd like to refer to people who have had something shared with them (link, photo etc.) but I couldn't figure out what word or phrase to use.

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Recipient: receiver: somebody or something that receives something.

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In this case I would describe that person as a recipient or a receiver.

According to Oxford Dictionaries, a receiver is:

A person who gets or accepts something that has been sent or given to them.

You could also simply use a phrase "the person/people you shared with".

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I usually use words like group, network, or team when conveying these things on apps. Might say your photo group, target network, entrusted network... It really depends on what your app is doing and what atmosphere it will be used in.

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It sounds a little awkward and perhaps corny, but you could try sharee. (The person who initiates the sharing is the sharer.)

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Thanks for the Frankie Valli earworm. – Spehro Pefhany Mar 26 '14 at 2:37

I should like to point out this delightful syntactic prestilingualization in the presenting question:

  • people who have been shared something with

which means

  • people that somebody has shared something with,

right? And then you make it Passive.

Except this is no ordinary Passive. In this construction you get to treat the entire string of words share something with -- the verb, object, and preposition -- as if it were a transitive verb with people as its direct object. Then you move people to subject position, adjust the verbs, and, Voila!
A brand-new syntactic construction. Some examples:

  • These people have been shared something with.
  • This carburetor has been done something strange to.
  • This slipper has been drunk champagne out of.
  • This table has been made meatloaf on.
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Is this supposed to be an answer or a comment about the question itself? – Utku Mar 26 '14 at 7:55
The question's been answered, as well as it's ever gonna be; I was remarking on the wonderful new syntactic construction contained in the question. There's probly a literature on it, if I wanted to go searching, but it's more fun to figure out this stuff yourself, and anyway nobody's paying me to publish in linguistics journals anymore. – John Lawler Mar 26 '14 at 15:09

Perhaps beneficiary

a person who gains or benefits in some way from something

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