This post is going to be a little off-topic today. It verges on “how the sausage is made” in the blogosphere. Yesterday, Flickr sent an email out, in what can only be described as a last-ditch attempt to save the photo-sharing site from absolute demise.
Flickr is limiting the free accounts on the site to 1000 images starting in 2019 unless free Flickr account holders upgrade to the Pro account or back-up their images elsewhere. The Pro accounts will be $49 per year though they are offering a 30% discount if users upgrade before November 30, 2018. There is also a discount if you have an Adobe Creative Cloud account (the discount is on your Cloud subscription which basically covers the $49 you’ll be spending on your Flickr Pro account).
I have been a member of Flickr (most of that time as a Pro account holder) since 2004 and for many years, I thought it was the absolute best community on the internet. I met some of my favorite people through Flickr and have accrued over 10,000 photos on their site.
Over the last couple years, I’ve only used the Flickr to back-up my Instagram images (because who knows what might happen with THAT service in the future!?!?!?) and after 14 years, I’d gotten pretty confident about Flickr’s longevity. This move, limiting accounts and insisting on Pro accounts makes me wonder how much longer they will last?
Flickr was slow to come to mobile devices and the service was eclipsed by cloud sharing, Instagram, YouTube and so many others. In the time that it took them to move to mobile, most users had found other platforms to share images and video. And even when they did move, the mobile app was just okay.
Much of what lives on my Flickr account is not relevant to what I do now. I have changed in the last 14 years. But its also a history in images of my creative journey, my life, my travels and everything in between.
So, I am stuck trying to decide if I pony up for the Pro account or if I officially walk away from Flickr forever.
So my question to you, dear readers, is where do you store your digital photos? Did you use Flickr or do you still use Flickr? What is the best way to store images to share online in multiple places — blog, Instagram, Twitter, etc?