As I’ve spoken about a number of times before, I’ve been a Flickr user since 2009, and greatly appreciate and enjoy its features.
My favourites include –
- The ability to use tags and albums to easily organise your photos.
- Unlimited storage for Pro users, which I’ve used from early on, and means I’ve been using it as an online back up for my hard drive(s) for a decade.
- Convenient instant creation of multiple photo sizes from your full size upload, from tiny thumbnail (rectangle or square) up to original size.
- Ease of posting photographs within WordPress posts – I use the 1024px image Flickr creates.
- The way it simply displays photos better than anything else I’ve used – Excellent on my MacBook, especially with the “Lightbox” mode (just press L to switch on/off), even better with the iPad app where photos fill the entire screen uninterrupted by any text, icons etc. It is truly an image focused site/app. (I still don’t get how people can be happy viewing photos on Instagram on tiny little phone screens).
- A rich resource for tips on specific cameras, techniques and processes (though many of the groups have been inactive for a few years).
- Plenty of space for comments, and a logical response system where it’s clear who you’re replying to. Essentially I used Flickr as a photography blog for years before I started 35hunter in 2015.
- No ads whatsoever, and generally no annoying likes, emojis and other pointless gimmicks that ruin sites like Instagram. Again it focuses purely on the images and the interaction between the people who made them.
- Excellent search facilities, how it displays the results – images of your own, those you follow, and everyone on Flickr, and how you can also sort by date taken, date uploaded, most relevant and most “interesting”, ie Flickrspeak for most popular.
- Ability to search by specific (digital) camera and see images made only by a model at a time.
- Ease of making one or more photos private, so you can maintain a public portfolio for followers, and use Flickr as an archive for all of your images, simultaneously with a single account.
There’s been much talk about Flickr’s recent acquisition by SmugMug, more of it negative than positive, essentially around the fact that you can only store 1000 photos free, then you have to subscribe.
For me a Flickr Pro subscription is still well worth it.
A pro account gives you unlimited storage at whatever resolution you want, as well as all the features above. For what works out to 76 pence a week.
So I was really excited to see Jim’s post this week about his commitment to Flickr.
And even more excited to see the enthusiasm in the comments section by Flickr diehards still happily using Flickr, and others trying it out after being disillusioned by Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/delete as applicable, with their ads, superficial interaction, increasingly questionable privacy and personal data use policies, and basic premise that you and your preferences are a commodity to sell.
So it feels like, in a small way, there’s something of a Flickr revival, as well as a growing backlash against social media that so many of us have talked about here on 35hunter, on Jim’s blog and other places you and I hang out online.
The Flickr revival is on, then. Will you join us?
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