What do you think about Flickr?

Jan 31, 2011
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
Just for presentation purposes, I quite like Photo Editing, Photo Sharing | Photoshop.com, which is limited in storage (2G free) and you can buy more (works out at about $1 per G up to a max of 500G). If you happen to be an elements user, I'm pretty sure there's a strong connection between the app and the site. Might be worth a look for some who arent entirely happy with the current offerings.
 

olli

Super Moderator Emeritus
Sep 28, 2010
Sofia, Bulgaria
olli
I use it for storage of jpegs and not much else, though it's a great cheap way to do that. Presentation of images on screen is poor, not so much because of size - I don't mind lots of white space - but because of all the Flickr clutter on the screen.

It's probably not a bad thing that the people at Yahoo appear not to know about flickr. At least that way they can't make a mess of it.

I prefer smugmug for displaying images - that way I have my own domain name and control over what appears on the page and reasonable control over how it appears (though I'm still waiting on their promised update to modernise the overall look.) I can also store all my jpegs on there if I want and they have an arrangement with Amazon for storage of raw files through the smugmug interface (for an extra charge of course).

I'm sure flickr will survive but it might be better for the business if they could escape the clutches of yahoo and go independent or get taken on by another business that could make more of flickr while keeping it a photographers site rather than turning it into a facebook clone.
 

Lili

Hall of Famer
Oct 17, 2010
Dallas, TX
Lili
I have been on flickr since before Yahoo bought them. Once that happened my account got hacked and I had to create a new one. Since then, using very strong passwords and better care I find them useful and entertaining.
Should it become like Facebook I would flee screaming into the hills....
 

Julien

Top Veteran
Jan 6, 2012
Paris, France
Julien
Well I for one am glad of the recent changes on Flickr. Though there is still a bit of work to do, even in its previous state it was much better IMHO than the alternatives like 500px, flickriver or whatever they're called.
 
Aug 13, 2011
Sunny Frimley
Bill Palmer
I note that a number of people mention the ability to blog with pictures. I run two blogs (albeit both in need of some TLC) using Blogger and Tumblr - links in my signature. I like Tumblr for the "picture with words" type blog as opposed to Blogger which I use more for "words illustrated by a picture" - if you see what I mean. My Tumblr blog in particular started out as an experiment in balancing words and pictures as a single entity - more than just a caption, but not as big as an article. I wanted each entry to be thought-provoking in the round (*thinks* Must put up an entry today... :cool:)
 

pdh

Legend
Jan 2, 2011
gizmodo said:
Flickr is still very valuable. It has a massive database of geotagged, Creative Commons- and Getty-licensed, subject-tagged photos. But sadly, Yahoo's steady march of incompetence doesn't bode well for making use of these valuable properties.
I think this is the thing ... the idea that the only value an internet site might have is as a resource for making money, a deep mine of data that can be used to sell things to its users or sold to other companies to do the same (which is what FB and Google have become); the idea that it could just be a site where people upload and look at photographs, that carries no advertising and holds very little data on it's users leaves them puzzled and confused ... I mean, if you can't sell it for a billion dollars, what's the point?
 

stratokaster

Top Veteran
Dec 27, 2010
Kiev, Ukraine
Pavel
I think Flickr is fine, but it could be MUCH better if it wasn't owned by Yahoo. I could think of at least 50 improvements ought to be implemented long ago.

Yahoo is completely asleep at the wheel. They seem to ruin great services by letting them wither and die. I will despise them forever for what they've done to Delicious.
 

Grant

Veteran
Nov 12, 2010
Lunenburg Nova Scotia
I used Flickr for a long time. In fact I had two sites one for photography and one for graphic art. It was a great place to post, see others works and be seen. Unfortunately my tastes have changed and I have moved on to Wordpress. Today I still recomend Flicker as a hassle free photo sharing service.

While Flickr is long in the tooth and Yahoo has put in very little effort to make it better it still has all the attributes that made it great and should survive as long as people use it.
 

Andrewteee

All-Pro
Jul 8, 2010
I think this is the thing ... the idea that the only value an internet site might have is as a resource for making money, a deep mine of data that can be used to sell things to its users or sold to other companies to do the same (which is what FB and Google have become); the idea that it could just be a site where people upload and look at photographs, that carries no advertising and holds very little data on it's users leaves them puzzled and confused ... I mean, if you can't sell it for a billion dollars, what's the point?
Yeah, it's like internet time has also impacted people's patience in starting and building businesses. Instead of being in it for the long haul let's get rich quick and then get richer still. Where will all of these online businesses be in 10, 25, 50 years?
 

jhawker

Regular
Aug 30, 2011
Springfield, Illinois
Hello All,
I rather enjoy Flickr.
Yes, there's some/a lot of not so compelling work.
I do prefer face to face discussion of prints on the table in front of me.
That is increasingly difficult as anyone who cares to take the time is pretty widely dispersed.
Facebook is not so enjoyable to me. I like pictures on my cave wall.
Zenfolio seems O.K. too.
There is so much work to do yet.
Keep Eager.
JH

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22544852@N00/
http://jameshawker.zenfolio.com/
 

Luckypenguin

Hall of Famer
Dec 24, 2010
Brisbane, Australia
Nic
I don't see any changes in Flickr ... was there supposed to be some changes?
There is no longer a default size to an image in the normal "whitescreen" view (previously fixed at 640 pixels). The image should now display at larger sizes depending on your screen resolution. Note that the new, larger range of available viewing sizes only applies to images uploaded from March onwards.
 

Streetshooter

Administrator Emeritus
Jul 12, 2010
Philly, Pa
What makes Flickr wonderful in my eyes and mind is that, there are people that are opening a box with a camera in it. They are starting photography for the very first time. They put photos up.
There are masters on Flickr that put photos up. Then there is everyone in between and they are putting photos up.
Everyone is the same.
That is the highest form of respect ever given to mother light. It is also a very human experience.
 

Andrewteee

All-Pro
Jul 8, 2010
What makes Flickr wonderful in my eyes and mind is that, there are people that are opening a box with a camera in it. They are starting photography for the very first time. They put photos up.
There are masters on Flickr that put photos up. Then there is everyone in between and they are putting photos up.
Everyone is the same.
That is the highest form of respect ever given to mother light. It is also a very human experience.
Well said Don.
 

Wolf

Veteran
Mar 4, 2012
I have been using smugmug but now i'm switching to flickr
I'm by no means a pro and I prefer discussing photos with people and having some reactions on my photos.
Something that smugmug lacks.
Don't get me wrong, smugmug is great, superb interface, very fast etc... but I do miss interaction with other members
 

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