I remember a long time ago back in probably 2004 or 2005 there was this new photo sharing site called Flickr. Back then there weren’t a lot of places to upload your photos for MySpace except for maybe Photobucket (maybe I still have an account there, I think I should check….) but Flickr was different in that it had lots of tools to edit your photos. I now use Google Photos for such things but when Yahoo bought them and then their latest CEO said that you could upload up to 1TB of photos, I thought that was awesome!
Flickr was always for the pro photographer to show off his wares. They had a premium plan so you could upload tons of photos and make unlimited albums. The free account which I used had upload limitations but I didn’t care since I didn’t have a digital camera or an iPhone back then so I didn’t need much. Now Flickr has become part of my photo backup scheme by integrating it and my iPhone with IFTTT. Every time I take a picture a private picture is uploaded to Flickr if its on my iPhone. On a given vacation day, I can take upwards of 100 photos if I’m in the mood and I have enough battery power. Thats a ton of memory and storage but I’m not close to the 1TB I have available to me.
Now Flickr has become part of the purchase of Yahoo by Verizon. So far everywhere I read on the blogosphere, people are asking what is going to become of Flickr. I personally would love the service to continue, I have tons of pictures up there and its part of my backups in the event my NAS or Google Photos gets corrupted or something. Granted the likelihood of Google Photos going away is very small, I still like having backups of my backups and I’ve been such a long time user I can’t see not using the service. Although it technically would be hard to spin off the Flickr service into its own company again, there isn’t anything special about it that Google Photos doesn’t do anyway already. Being a massive place to store pro photos is fine but they would need to do something like have pro tools like Photoshop or something similar to Pixelmator tools as part of the service plus online storage and be FAST to be competitive or even make any money.
I don’t do a lot of editing of my photos so all the pro tools in the world wouldn’t do me a lick of good. I just want to be able to store my photos somewhere for free and privately and Flickr does that for me. I’m hoping Verizon keeps the site alive and maybe makes some improvements along the way while keeping the 1TB upload amount free. Maybe adding the ability to upload video??? I know that Google does that but it chokes on some of the bigger videos that I have right now (currently a surfing video of my daughter can’t be uploaded, for some reason Google chokes on it and it just hangs there all day doing nothing).
I haven’t actually gone through the website of Flickr in a while but there seems to be some nice discovery aspects to it. Maybe they need to become more like Getty Images and charge for photos but have a portion go to the photographer since there is some really awesome stuff up there. The one thing I do want is to be able to use Flickr with a different ID. Flickr is the only reason why I still have an active Yahoo ID anymore ever since the data breach was announced a few months ago. Finding another place to drop 30K images and videos is hard and it takes a really long time to do. If my NAS had web browser capabilities I’d do it from that but since it doesn’t I have to rely on a computer. I guess I’ll subscribe to their Twitter feed, maybe they’ll announce what will happen to their service soon. I hope they don’t go the way of Winamp, there was an awesome program destroyed by a behemoth company and I don’t want the same thing to happen to Flickr.