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.
After finally getting fed up seeing a “Your iCloud Storage is Full” message on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad occasionally I’ve decided to turn off the photos and video backup offered by Apple. I’ve probably ranted about this before on Facebook or something but this time I’ve gotten peeved enough about it to actually risk losing all my pics in the iCloud library. Im not all that worried though, I’ve backed up everything to Google Photos. I think I won’t have everything at full resolution but I don’t look at my pics all that often anyway. I might miss the slow motion videos but those can be recreated.
What would be awesome is if Apple would give iCloud account users storage that equals their current device size and for each device that is signed in. That would give me over 300GB of space so I can actually back up my device to the cloud instead of my laptop. I’ve resorted to backing up my iDevices to an external drive which kind of goes against my whole home mobile strategy by having to tether my laptop to an external drive but I needed the space. I don’t think Apple anticipated that over the long term, backups would et up tons of drive space on computers. Although this may be a clever ploy for the consumer to buy more storage from them which I refuse to do.
He kicker now is that I have to constantly remember to run Google Photos and my IFTTT recipes so my pictures on my iPhone is all backed up. I’ll have to figure out something else for my DSLR and my water proof camera. So long iCloud Photo Library, when I get more free space maybe I’ll come back.
I’m testing out Flickr using my iPad using Safari only instead of trying to use an app to see how well this will work. As part of my test I’m using this picture I took at a place called IPPUDO which is an awesome ramen place in NYC.I had some of the best ramen I have ever tasted at that place, now I just have to try and compare it with ramen that is actually from Japan. I’ll head over there one day but I have to wait for a year or two so that I can get up some vacation time saved up. That’s it for my test post, time to see if this worked or not!
I’ve been using Flickr on and off for a while. I have yet to find a photo sharing site that I really like thats free but I think that my problem is that I’ve been trying to find a site that will do everything I want when I should be using multiple sites for different purposes. I came to this realization just today I think and I have a way that I can utilize flickr more and more. The problem that I had with Flickr is that it only had my last 200 photos available for me to view. The rest are still out there but I just have to do some digging to get to my photos. For that reason I stopped using Flickr, I wanted to have access to my photo’s all the time online. I’ve sort of given up on that and I don’t want my stuff to all be on the cloud anyway.
What I have found is that Flickr is going to be perfect for using with WordPress. I didn’t know they had tight integration with WordPress until I decided to try it again today. What I noticed is that I take pics and then I want to use them but WordPress also has a limit on what I upload but in terms of storage, not the number of pictures. Since Flickr doesn’t really have limits on storage, just what you can view I think its the perfect service for bloggers that don’t need to use pics over and over again for their posts but just kind of for single use posts. I know that in all of my blogging I haven’t had to re-use any pictures and I’ve been doing this for almost 6 years now.
The challenge now is being able to use Flickr in conjunction with my iPad, if there was something like that it would be super powerful for people like me. I could upload pics online to Flickr then put them in a post on WordPress. Maybe thats something I’m going to suggest to the Flickr team for their next iOS app update.