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This week’s post in the Living in the Cloud Series features Flickr, the most popular photo sharing site owned by Yahoo.
Flickr is one of the few sites that defined the concept of Web 2.0 and
changed the very idea of photo sharing upside down. With more than 3
billion images in their repository, Flickr is definitely the top photo
sharing site in the world.
Whether someone is a pro or a novice user, people are generally
interested in sharing their photographs with others. Plus, everyone is
keen on protecting their valuable photographs throughout their lifetime
or even further. The best way to achieve this is by putting the
photographs in the cloud and Flickr is one of the best tools available
for this purpose. Like any SaaS Freemium tool, Flickr offers a
lightweight free account and an unlimited pro account. I strongly
recommend a pro account to anyone who takes their photographs
seriously. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, Flickr Pro offers
unlimited storage and few other extra goodies.
Here is a short video on using Flickr
As it is customary in this series, I will list our the pros and cons of Flickr from my point of view.
- Powerful feature for organizing the photos with their tags feature being the best.
- Picnik integration.
- Third party software ecosystem built around their API. Also, I love
the fact that I can mount flickr file system on my Linux machines and
use it like any other folder.
- Pretty good community around the site. Many people might find this
strange but I consider it to be one of the biggest advantages of
Flickr. If you are a photographer, you will find the community really
useful and interesting.
- Very inexpensive Pro account
- Absence of RAW support.
- Video integration is totally meaningless.
Previous Articles in this Series:
- Living in the Clouds
- Living in the Clouds – Gmail
- Living in the Clouds – Google Calendar
- Living in the Clouds – Remember The Milk
- Living in the Clouds – Gmail Contacts
- Living in the Clouds – Google Notebook
- Living in the Clouds – Evernote
- Living in the Clouds – Diigo