Give Flickr the flick or celebrate its genius?Posted: May 31, 2012
The pic above turned up in an online magazine this week and when I contacted them to point out its “non commerical” licence on Flickr they kindly agreed to pay for its use.
Firstly I don’t think it’s bad value. Far from it.
But what bugs me is this – everytime I upload a picture I am further boosting their ability to hold me to ransom. Yes the pictures don’t disappear but the search facility does – beyond the last 200 images. That makes finding, for example, my wedding pictures near impossible.
Then again, when I start to look around for other options, for all the recent Flickr bashing, I can’t find anything out there that comes close. Often what appears to be free suddenly gets very expensive when we reach the number of pics we’re talking about. Also where are the HTML generating options or the facility that lets you download in different sizes?
A lot has been made of Flickr lagging behind in all things social. Well I already deleted my Instagram account, I’m up to here with social – what I want is a good, reliable place to store pics. I don’t want all singing and dancing – I want silent and sat down. Compared to everything else Flickr does have a certain quiet genius.
With all that in mind I’m not convinced anything out there is better than Flickr. But then again, the more I stick with them, the more leverage they have to continue to make me pay.
Pic below snapped on my phone returning last Saturday from over the river.