Why I’m Still Loyal To Flickr (Plus An Invitation)

Don’t know about you, but when I fire up the browser on my MacBook or Chromebook, I have a set of tabs that always open up automatically.

Whether I’ve been using Chrome, Firefox or Safari, I’ve done this for as long as I can remember. They’re my base camps on the increasingly vast internet, from where I start my online adventures.

Currently I have four tabs – GMail (for email), WordPress (for 35hunter, and for following other blogs), Google Sheets (my budget tracker) and Flickr.

These have evolved very slowly over the years, but Flickr has been one of these home tabs – and a cornerstone of my internet presence and experience – far longer than any of the others.

For over a decade, in fact.

Today, Flickr remains a vital application for me.

Whilst the community and group aspects have steadily dwindled, it remains an excellent platform for my needs, for the following reasons –

1. As a back up for my best photos.

I have close to 6000 on Flickr from that decade of shooting – and some of these were made before then. A Flickr Pro account allows unlimited storage at full resolution. By now I would have needed six free separate accounts (with a 1000 photo limit each) to back up all of these photos!

2. Having albums lets me easily organise my photographs.

Whether I create albums by subject, camera, lens, film or anything else, I can quickly locate them again in the future. Albums allow me to easily visually browse through a collection of related photos in one place, in a visually optimized way (see point 5 below). This isn’t anything like as possible with a standard hard drive file structure.

3. Tags allows speedy access to my photos.

Again, I tag by subject, camera, lens, film, project, and so on. Where I use albums to browse through set groups of photos, tags allows me to quickly find, say, a picture of a tree shot on film with a Pentax Spotmatic.

4. The convenient automated resizing of photos.

Very handy for sharing and inserting them in other places and sites, like 35hunter. I remember years ago using a stand alone app to resize images one by one for any website I had, then saving and uploading them to my web domain via FTP. The last time I remember doing something else this soul destroyingly laborious was scanning my own 35mm film at home. Fortunately I left both of these activities behind years ago.

5. Full screen photos. 

There are a number of reasons I dislike Instagram, and despite trying to figure out its appeal multiple times, I finally gave up about 20 months back.

One is the tiny display of photos. Who wants to scroll through images at thumbnail size?

With Flickr, being able to view images at a decent size – plus easily switching to full screen just by pressing L – remains a delight. On an iPad or tablet with the Flickr app, full screen is arguably even better, filling every last pixel of the screen with no distraction, and needing just a simple swipe to go to the next or previous photo. Viewing digital images cannot really get any better than this.

This is how photographs are supposed to viewed online, not as tiny images using only a fraction of the screen and surrounded by text and ads and noise.

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5. The camera explorer.

Which remains an excellent tool for finding what kind of pictures are possible with a vast range of specific cameras and lenses, as I wrote about previously.

This was highly valuable during my film days, when I was exploring different film cameras and lenses I might want to try. Arguably, it’s been even more useful in satiating my penchant for digital classics, as Flickr’s heyday for uploads coincided with the age of camera I like to use now – five to 15 years old.

6. To learn about other cameras, lenses, techniques and so on.

The discussion forums within various groups still retain fantastically useful information – especially for film photographers. For example I learned so much about shooting with M42 lenses on a range of other cameras – film and digital – that I would have not known was possible without these helpful and insightful conversations.

7. To save storage space (and money!) on my WordPress blog. 

Because it’s so easy to add a photo to 35hunter via Flickr, and because my Flickr Pro account has unlimited storage at full resolution, it saves me filling up my WP storage and having to keep upgrading to the next storage plan.

Because of the reasons above, Flickr remains a highly valuable platform for me, even if the social element has dwindled in recent years. 

Having a Pro account with unlimited storage and full quality images, not to mention no adverts (one of my pet hates online), I feel is excellent value at £3.99 a month.

I don’t spend much money at all online, but even so, this is a subscription I pay without a second thought, because of what it gives me.

Flickr wrote to its Pro users very recently to ask if we could spread the word.

I’m more than happy to do so, and if Flickr sounds like something you’d like to try (or return to) for your photography, there’s a code to discount your first year of Pro membership by 25% – https://www.flickr.com/account/upgrade/pro?coupon=25in2019

Just to be completely clear, I’m not on any kind of commission from Flickr, or under any obligation to promote them.

I just enjoy and value what they’ve provided for over a decade, and am more than happy to recommend the platform to other photographers (especially if you’re a blogger too).

How about you, do you use still use Flickr?

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54 thoughts on “Why I’m Still Loyal To Flickr (Plus An Invitation)”

  1. This is so timely! I’ve never used Flickr bc I know it’s geared for photographers. However I now think that any blog can benefit because all blogs need photos! I have mine in like 3 places..Even when showing a craft or activity I need at least 3 photos…
    My only concern is I’m going to get distracted by all the lovely work on there bc I’m such a photo junkie…lol creativity is a cross process for me ha! Anyhow thanks for the tip!

    1. You’re welcome. I know many bemoan the fall of the social side of Flickr, but I never really used it much for that anyway, and mostly as a place to store and organise photos, as I outlined above. And for that it serves the purpose very well indeed.

      Note you can also upload a photo on Flickr and set it to private, so only you can see it (and it doesn’t appear in your public photostream) but you can still then use the URL of any of the sizes of the image Flickr generates to display the photograph in your blog etc. I do this fairly often, especially for photographs of cameras and other gear that I don’t want to share in my public photostream.

  2. Flickr is dead. Spent there seven years daily. Now they addmited they are in loss so free users are ot welcomed in future – suicide of the platform as it was.

      1. Well, yes, I have two external HDs as back up drives, but it’s just the files, it doesn’t give anything like the visual interface and ease of organisation and searching as I enjoy with Flickr, so I wouldn’t make a comparison between the two. I meant an alternative application or website that provides what Flickr does.

      2. Ok, than be happy for now. But, how can you trust to the service that says it will not sustain any more loss ? There is a high risk of closing of the service as they dont have profit out of it… At least you have two HDs …which is good.

      3. Oh yes, maybe I wasn’t clear enough in my post, Flickr isn’t my cole back up. I wouldn’t (yet) trust any online service with this, and still have a back up HD, then another HD with a second back up. Probably overkill!

        I don’t find it very easy to organise files on an HD, Flickr is very visual and logical. For example with files on a HD how could I find a picture of a door, made with Fujicolor 100 film? I could search for that easily in Flickr via tags.

      4. Yes absolutely, I know there’s software that can do it, I’ve just never explored it as Flickr works for me and I’ve not yet needed to look for anything else.

  3. I don’t use it much, but I like it. I just renewed. Your point about adverts is well taken. I’m less sensitive to them than you are, but one of my favorite old camera blogs has become almost unreadable due to all the pop-ups, etc. If it weren’t so interesting I would avoid it entirely.

    1. Jon, I wonder if it’s one of the sites I wrote about recently –

      https://35hunter.blog/2019/11/22/why-two-of-my-favourite-photography-blogs-lost-me-as-a-follower/

      One has not only far too many ads on the site now, but also whenever they mention a camera it’s a link to search for it on eBay, no doubt via an affiliate scheme.

      I just like sites where the author writes about what they love for the love of it – and the love of talking with others about their passions – not to make money from their readers.

      1. Dan, I think I dropped those blogs a long time ago for other reasons. I’m not in collecting mode any more and don’t need to stoke my GAS any further, and I also personally dislike one of the people that runs one of those sites, I’m guessing. The one I still read publishes a lot of interesting articles on the history of camera companies and also old camera repair. When a much loved camera blog decided to take down his archives, he took on the responsibility of hosting a shadow site. He had to build something in his basement. I’m sure he spends countless hours doing research and writing the articles, and has a young family, I can’t imagine how he does it all. So, while I don’t begrudge him making a return on all his work, it does make it challenging to read his blog. The other few blogs I follow are more personal ones that have little or no advertising.

      2. Yeh they’re the blogs I like best, the personal ones, run by one person. For me this stays most true to the original purpose of a weblog, the documenting of one person’s adventures with their hobby – or indeed their whole life.

  4. I love Flickr. I never used its community features much, it’s always been bulk photo storage for me, but lately I’ve been more intentional about leaving comments and clicking the little star on photos I like.

    It would be devastating if it went away because 11 or 12 of the 13 years of my blog have their photos hosted there. I would seriously have to think hard about what I would do, to include shutting down the blog.

    I read an article in the USA Today that Flickr is not in danger of being insolvent, that they have ideas about ways to change the service to make it profitable if need be, but that if it is to continue as it is it must sustain itself with Pro memberships.

    1. Jim, that is reassuring news indeed. I know we can’t rely on any website indefinitely, but like you, if we lost Flickr, I’d need a complete rethink of how I save and share photos online.

      Plus I always prefer a subscription model compared with free membership supported by intrusive ads.

      1. I regret being so tied to Flickr for my blog. Yet I persist the connection. In 2020 I need to figure out whether to keep using Flickr for my blog and take my chances, or start using WordPress’s storage.

      2. Well, we’re equally tied to WordPress. I know they’re huge but they might not always be around, then we’d have to start over somewhere else. I think I see anything online as transitory really, not like a 100 year old book you can hold in your hand, so accept that we have to keep evolving with the platforms to some extent.

      3. Ah, but if WP.com is threatened, we can export our entire blogs, create a self-hosted instance of WP somewhere, and import the blog!

        Good luck doing that with content on Flickr.

        If Flickr went poof tomorrow, I wouldn’t remember which images I used on each blog post. I’d be so lost.

      4. You are right about WP and being able to export. You’ve given this some thought! : )

        I remember a Seth Godin post about not becoming reliant on particular sites and services but using more generic and widely used formarts, eg JPEGs and email, rather than Flickr and WordPress.

        If/when things head south with the services you’re using, you can switch to another without losing your core content.

        I’ve never tried to export anything in bulk from Flickr, I wonder how it would work…

  5. Dan, once SmugMug bought Flickr is stepped back to a free account. I don’t like the business model they are using, and the direction it is going.

    As a member of ipernity, I’d like to suggest an alternative:

    * a safe place to host and/or publish your photos or videos

    * a professional platform for your blogs,

    * an active community in which you will quickly feel at home,

    * a professional service that is completely free of advertising,

    * an operator that does not analyze or sell any user data.

    ipernity is the world’s largest non-commercial photo sharing and blogging platform. It belongs only to the members and does not have to earn or transfer any profits. Contents can be confidentially hosted or publicly shared. As with Yahoo-Groups, the exchange takes place in groups. In addition, there is an internal mail service and the world’s best integrated translator.

    My personal page at ipernity is: http://www.frankjcasella.ipernity.com

    I think it has a better business model here http://www.ipernity.com/club

    1. Frank, ipernity sounds very good, I’ve heard of it before, but never explored it as I’m happy with Flickr. But if anything goes wrong there I’d look closer. I’m going to have a browse anyway, I like the sound of their ethics.

      Thanks for letting us know.

      1. Thanks Dad. I was embedding images from Flickr to my WordPress blogs, just like I think you are, and then when SmugMug came in and changed the rules … well … short of the long when I decided to leave Flickr meant all my links got broken.
        So I was left with either uploads direct to WP.com or find another platform. Ipernity has blogs, that are really nice and do the job, and so the linking is direct on the same platform with huge storage space compared to WP.com.

      2. Your welcome son…

        Frank, this is the second time in a few days, a friend of my wife’s gave us a Christmas card and she’d written Dad then crossed it out and put Dan, ha ha.

        How did SmugMug change the rules and effect your blog – I’m assuming you had a free Flickr account and were over the free allowance so you had to delete photos? What do you pay per month for ipernity, is it even less than Flickr’s £3.99?

        I think if I lost Flickr in any way, I would probably start again with a blog.

        But then I do really like WP so would probably stick with them and upgrade my storage plan. Then there would be no point starting a new blog if I was still writing about photography, even if the archives lost their images, the written content would still be valuable.

        I’d have to think about a different option though for the other ways I like to use Flickr, ie organising and searching through my photos, but if the worst case happened and I lost them all, I could just start again. They’re just pictures.

        I will be looking at ipernity more closely though, thanks again.

      3. Glad you found some humor in my misspelling, DAN. I never did that before.

        I was a Flickr Pro for over a decade. You can find the story here about the transition and how the SmugMug rules cause me to flee:
        Dogs, Seasons, and Flickr

        I started with ipernity free account November 2018, and was going to give it a year to feel things out. But after a few weeks a member paid for me to go ‘Club” and so I moved with it. I also have a blog on Fine Art America, and on LinkedIn, so I was deciding at that time what platform to use instead of WP.com. I do have a WP.com blog for my nonprofit, but my photography account I only use the Reader now as an RSS feed.

        I’m back to a free account with ipernity as I wanted to see what happens in the event I could not renew, or when I’m no longer on earth, and will probably renew soon to the basic account because I have no were near the amount of images yet that I had on Flickr.

        To me, it doesn’t matter where I blog because I have a mailing list, and I just send an update to my followers with a link to my latest post. With a mailing list you own your distribution, and then owning your own (blog) platform is not as important.

      4. Thanks Frank. This is a pretty complex subject, with many opinions and options. I’ve considered numerous times upgrading my WP account so I can host the photos I share here and it all be robust within WP, and not reliant on Flickr. But then what if WP went down, I could lose all the blog content AND the photos. By relying on Flickr and WP, I have more options, and theoretically wouldn’t lose everything at once.

        On the flip side of course whilst you can upload pictures to WP, it’s not primarily an image storage site, and doesn’t offer anything like Flickr for displaying, organising, tagging, searching etc, which I find super useful with Flickr. So I wouldn’t have any of that if I lost (or left) Flickr.

        Jim made a good point above that even if WP started to show signs of problems, we could export our blogs in their entirety to a self-hosted space, or to another blogging platform, so there’s some kind of back up plan there.

        I like the look of ipernity and how it’s owned by the members, but you’re back to the reliance on one source. If they went down, you’ve lost blog and pictures all in one go, not just one or the other.

        I probably should have said in the post above – as Pavel picked up on this – that I don’t use Flickr as my one and only back up for photos. I have photos on my MacBook, and on two other external HDs. Flickr is mainly for my “best” photos, to share them with others, plus all the convenient organisational features I mentioned in the post that I can’t do (or haven’t figured out how to do) with a basic HD filing system that isn’t visual like Flickr.

        For example, say I had a picture of a tree in autumn with an abandoned Suzuki jeep beneath it (there is one near my home!), made with my Lumic GF1 and a Takumar 55/1.8 lens.

        With Flickr I can include this single photo in albums named Autumn, Trees, Jeeps, Abandoned Vehicles, Lumix, Takumar and so on. I can tag it with all of these things too, plus anything else I might want to search it by in the future, like M42 (lens mount), leaves, autumn, vehicles, Suzuki, SJ410 etc. It’s easy to find and use when I might need it in the future.

        I have no idea how to do this with an HD filing system, without physically copying one image and pasting it into multiple folders (to emulate albums on Flickr), and all the associated mess!

        You talk passionately about community in your Flickr post above, and I do relate, but I don’t think I ever had this on Flickr. By the time I’d really got into photography myself, Flickr was on the wane and the community wasn’t so strong perhaps as in its golden years, so it’s always the features I outlined in the post above that have been the main appeal of Flickr.

        I’ve found a strong community via WP – my own blog and a connected network of other blogs and readers. So I guess I haven’t missed it on Flickr as I never had it to the same extent there.

        That said your points about trust and respect of the end user/member/customer ring true for any company, it’s what any sustainable business is built on.

        In all of this I do think I probably rely too much on categories, tags, albums etc. Any good photograph should just stand on its own – irrelevant of what it was made with, and how it’s been tagged etc. Perhaps this is an underlying fear (my own mediocrity as a photographer) that I try to mask and distract myself from with all this surface level organising. I think I might write a new post about this!

        Thanks Frank, appreciate your time and presence.

      5. The co-founder of WP.com, Matt Mullenweg, often says that comments are really what the blog post is about (or something like that) and your blog is no different, Dan.
        It is evident to me the days of cross-platform image embedding are over. This all started years ago when WP.com did not offer much storage space and the features for photography they do today. Combine that with the ups and downs of all the photo sharing websites over the years, and it has been best to just keep images and posts on the same platform.
        With all that said, if WP is your vehicle, Dan, I would suggest you invest in that. If you do a search for Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, you will see the function of Flicker was to be an online community through pictures. SmugMug can’t get that message, and they keep confusing their marketing of Flcikr with how they do it with SmugMug. They are nickle and diming Flickr because of this, and before long Pro accounts will have a storage limit, and free accounts will have a features limit that will only be available with Pro.
        Although many of my friends on Flickr, like you, say they stay because of the organizing of images, the free members are being shut out more from what is suppose to be community.
        Tumblr was just bought by Automatic, the company that owns WP.com, and Matt clearly states that Tumblr is not WP.com. The first quarter of 2020 I suspect they are going to introduce their business plan. I always said that Tumblr is much like Flickr, and if Flickr ever closed then Tumblr would be a good alternative.
        It all depends on the ‘why’ of what you are trying to do, and I’m just trying to share my images with the world. For storage and search I too use an HD as well as hi-drive from ionos.com which has excellent search if you use correct general tags in your image file description.

        But I ipernity has a most engaging community, and the members decide on the direction of the website, and we are all owners of the website, I like that.
        There is much you said in your recent reply, so I might jump back here with another thought if it comes to mind.

      6. WP would be fine for storage of files just to use in blog posts, but it doesn’t (as far as I’m aware) have anything like the depth of search and organisation tools that Flickr does. Plus with Flickr I already have my photos in there, and then search/browse when I need one or two for a blog post. To emulate that with WP I’d have to upload perhaps hundreds of photos first, which would mean I’d be paying extra for storing photos that I might not use. Otherwise I’d have to have the images stored elsewhere, then upload them as and when I need them to WP, but then you go back to the organisation and search dilemma – mine aren’t accessible on HDs in the way they are on Flickr with tags, albums etc. I’ll stick with Flickr until something changes that makes it unworkable for me.

        Interesting news about Tumblr. I used to have a few blogs there years ago when it was pretty new (I would guess around 2008, before I had anything on WordPress) and absolutely loved the simplicity and ease of use, especially for the simple short posts I was using it for (poetry, haiku, short stories). It really made blogging super accessible and appealing, and seemed a huge leap forward from the Blogger/blogspot blog I had before that. One to watch for me I think, and I’m curious to see how it fits in with WP now they’re owned by the same company.

        I haven’t used it for maybe seven years so don’t know what it’s like these days. Of the blogs I seem to come across, I’d say 8/10 are WP, 1/10 are on that Squarespace platform that you always have to seem to have to jump through hoops to comment on and follow conversations, and one still on Google’s Blogger, which doesn’t appear to have evolved in about a decade! I never seem to come across Tumblr blogs, I’d almost forgotten about them, so perhaps they’re not very popular with photographs – or I just haven’t found them.

        I have been thinking about all of this on and off and I’m part way through a post about some related thoughts. Thanks Frank.

      7. Yes, Dan, that is what I meant. Using WP.com media library for your blog images only, but still use another source for the original images. You’d have to reduce the image size to best use the media library as described in their articles, but it would save embedding across platforms in the event Flcikr business model becomes unreasonable as I have experienced.
        https://en.support.wordpress.com/images

        With regards to Tumblr, I think it works best for a photoblog, where you have a picture and a short description. WP.com works best for photography blogs the way you use it with a longform read.

      8. Thanks for all of this further info Frank. Again I realised years ago that Flickr does this for me, and I use the resized and optimised 1024px Flickr image for 35hunter, rather than upload a bigger size (like the original) then let WP resize it (perhaps poorly if that 2015 article still holds true) or have to resize it offline myself to 1024px before then uploading to WP. Just the convenience of this alone for an average of two pics per post, every two days, is almost worth the Flickr Pro subscription fee of £3.99 a month, for me!

      9. Frank, that link doesn’t seem to work. I read a couple of other posts on the blog, and he seems very against both WordPress and Flickr!

        As long as they serve my needs and I’m happy to pay the minimal subscription fee, I’m going to continue with both. I am going to continue to explore ipernity, I like the philosophy.

        Jim Grey shared this over the weekend which seems to fit in with what we’ve been talking about –

        https://anildash.com/2019/12/23/the-peoples-web/

      10. Interesting article by Jim, I’m going back to read it again. Sorry the link doesn’t work for you Dan. Those other articles I have read as well, he thinks WP.com and Flickr are good services, but what he doesn’t like is how the business model is changing on each of them.
        And this is the reason for my sharing this information … going forward keep your eyes wide open, and work on your alternate backup system now.
        By the way, regarding image storage in the WP media library, I totally forgot that Flickr and ipernity will download images without the weight – like below 1MB – so you don’t have to go through all those steps I linked to in a previous post. All you have to do is download any size below the original size. It’s just as fast as hot linking, but you wont get caught if (more like when) Flickr raises the price and lowers the storage limit for Pro members.

      11. Using the link to the actual image on Flickr at 1024px size, then Add Media > Add New > Add via URL and pasting this link in WP works well for me, and only takes a few seconds.

        It does store something on my WP account as my allowance there is creeping up, but as you say it’s a tiny fraction.

        I’ve used 8.4% of my 6GB allowance and that’s with having over 500 posts published already, so I think I’m good for thousands more before I’d need to upgrade my WP storage!

      12. I didn’t think adding an image URL had an affect on the media storage. So the images you post with a link are they also in your WP media library? Now I”m confused. But what you said about posting thousands of images before an upgrade is exactly my point.

      13. When I go to add a new image (or look in my Media library in my dashboard), a thumbnail gallery comes up that shows all the previous images I’ve uploaded to posts. And I can just click on one of these to show it again in another post if I want to, I don’t have to repaste the link from Flickr again.

        I guess this thumbnail preview is saved in WP, plus the link to the 1024px image itself. Hence why after sharing I would guess well over 1000 images over 500 posts, it’s made a fairly insignificant impact on my overall storage.

        If it had uploaded the full size image from Flickr I’d have used up far more WP storage.

      14. Ah yes thanks Frank, I read that one anyway, and the one about WP displaying scam ads. The latter is one of the main reasons I encourage WP bloggers to subscribe to a paid plan, it removes all of these.

        There are a number of blogs I’ve followed in the past that have articles strewn with ads of models saying “Cindy makes $3500 per day” or “New laser surgery causing waves for Croydon residents” (I live nowhere near Croydon).

        These spammy and hopelessly poorly “targeted” ads completely ruin the look and feel of a blog for me, and it’s even worse when you subscribe to email notifications for new posts and the ads appear in those too.

        Can you imagine reading a novel then every few pages having a full page ad for money making scams or having your teeth whitened? This is a direct equivalent in my view.

        In an ideal world maybe WP wouldn’t display any ads anywhere and be completely funded by user subscriptions. But this alone for me is a reason to be on an ad-free paid plan and well worth the £3 a month to spare my readers from ads, and retain control over the overall look and feel and experience of visiting 35hunter.

        Re the Flickr ads, as long as they’re not on my page (when I view, or anyone else does), I’m not too concerned! What could we do about it anyway?

        (PS/ Signed up for a free ipernity account last night to explore it a little…)

      15. Thanks, Dan, agree with you on all this .. especially the paid plan. The author describes on his article about WP not paying for a paid plan unless you make money from the blog. But I subscribe to the Seth Going idea that you should not write a blog with the intention to make an income from it.
        Welcome to ipernity .. look me up and I’ll show you around.

      16. Yes, the author seems to only see blogs as something to ultimately make money from. Which is not my view either. I see it as a privilege to have a platform where we can engage with others who share some of our passions and interests. And as a blogger, I think we have some duty to try to make our blogs welcoming spaces where people feel safe and free to converse, without being overwhelmed with distractions or pummelled with ads. Which is why I pay WP a small subscription fee to keep 35hunter like that.

        I do find their (WordPress’s) own marketing a bit intense though, I’m always getting emails about upgrading and monetising and marketing. Don’t they realise that most people have blogs as a social and communication tool, not a money spinner? Or maybe I’m in a bubble and most people ARE trying to blog only for profit!

        Thanks re ipernity, will do!

      17. ipernity is not that perfect. Please, check wikipedia page. Some info copied from there:
        In December 2018, after an announcement on October 26,[22] Ipernity deleted 5.8 million files, for a total of 14.6 TB, from free accounts which went over the storage limits and therefore had “invisible content”.[23] The deleted content amounted to almost half of the total hosted by the service and left 18,000 free users and 1300 members with some content.

      18. Thanks Oleh. I did read that too, and it made me nervous about the longevity and robustness of ipernity. But then who knows which internet companies that are big now will still be around in one, three, five years from now? It’s a fast moving world!

  6. I used Flickr to host my WordPress photos, so basically as storage when Yahoo made one terabyte available for any person. When Smugmug reduced the limit to one thousand photographs I deleted 3500 to reach that goal, and deleted the Flickr photos replacing them with small versions. I did it without complain because I understand the costs can be terribly high. Now with this last message of help… sadly and shamefully my economical situation is terrible so, unable to help, I decided to not add to the maintenance costs just deleting my account.

    I love to do what you say but I can do it without having an account, and even more I was a bit tired of the second life spam. I followed very nice second life artists but most of the follows are just profiles to sell articles there. I feel sad for not being able to pay, but somehow relieved to not having to deal with spam.

    1. Francis, thanks for your comments. I don’t know your position but as I said in my post, right now £3.99 per month I feel is excellent value for what I gain from Flickr, so I don’t think twice about being a Pro member. It is a shame that the free accounts were reduced in terms of storage, but ultimately I can’t see how any company can survive by constantly giving free storage, without making a loss. Someone has to pay for the running and server costs. A subscription/membership service is surely more sustainable.

      Not sure what “second life spam” is, can you elaborate? I can’t recall any issues with spam ever with Flickr, but then I’ve been Pro for years so maybe that only appears on free accounts? I don’t see any ads or spam or anything, it’s one of few places online that feels blissfully isolated from such things (my WordPress is similar, and why I have a membership account with no ads here too), and another reason why I enjoy Flickr.

      1. Thank you for your kindness, Dan. Due to a combination of bad choices and accidents I do a big effort to pay my debts and bills, I do not go to restaurants, six dollars to me equals to five days of food. Even so I considered to make an effort to a monthly subscription but it says the offer of $3.74/month is billed annually… so out of my reach. I am not opposed to pay (Flickr is an excellent service), just I cannot. Although there are two other considerations, When I started to use Flickr was as a backup of photos, this because the changes Yahoo made, I think a bad change as it was less about community and just a tool for other services as WordPress. The other thing is that Flickr is extraordinary for PC or laptop monitors, but in this time of smartphones I found myself only using Flickr to search for lenses or film cameras, but the photographers themselves I would follow them on VSCO or Instagram. So I think a subscription model is the best option for Flickr to continue existing without trying to be a cellphone app, but sadly the effort to pay (what is shameful being myself an adult) and my low and declining use of the platform, well, the best help I could do was delete my account to not add expenses.

        SecondLife is like a virtual game in which one can be a citizen of a virtual world and spend in virtual clothes and virtual lands. I followed few accomplished SecondLife artists (they take virtual photos of them in that world) but I always got follows and notifications and invitations from different users that have Flickr as a platform to sell SecondLife merchandise. I had 450 followers and I think maybe 430 were from those SecondLife accounts. Maybe it was because I had a couple of friends from there so they thought maybe I was a user of that game. In any case I am glad you had not that inconvenience.

      2. Thanks Francis.

        I use my phone for a range of applications (including taking photos), but not Flickr, or at least very rarely. As I said about Instagram in the main post, I don’t want to be looking at such tiny versions of images, how can we possibly appreciate the beauty of them when they’re the size of a postage stamp? The images are even smaller than when reviewing them on the back of the camera after you take them! Just doesn’t make sense.

        This is why I use either a 15″ laptop or my iPad for viewing photos. And why I still don’t “get” Instragram as a mobile app.

        Thanks for explaining second life, I think I have heard of it some years, but didn’t realise it was still going. Is it like “The Oasis” in Ready Player One? I thought “second life spam” was a term, like spam that came back again after you deleted it or something!

        I get quite a few “spam” followers on WordPress, I just go through and purge anyone who doesn’t seem genuine every few months. Fortunately I’ve hardly ever had any spam comments on Flickr or WP (the latter has a fantastic built in system that cuts them off before they arrive on the live site).

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