Photography used to be my main hobby. I did nature, street, travel and other “solo” photography styles. I posted stuff on Flickr and it was good. A few of my photos ended up on Explore, some local news websites used my pictures in articles, I even had a guest article on PetaPixel. I really enjoyed the balance of shooting and exposure. This was 2009-2014.
Years ago I had a Flickr account – I didn’t use it much and it languished in oblivion until at some point Flickr deleted it.
I didn’t really give it a second though – I kind of thought of Flickr as a place newbies post snapshots of flowers and sunsets. All the cool photographers used 500px. Flickr is a dead social media platform anyway right?
However, I recently needed a platform where I could keep track of all my published photography, so I opened a new Flickr account – and hello, I discovered that Flickr is actually an amazing tool for your photography business (if you treat it like a tool, not a social media platform).
Here is why I think you should still post your photos to Flickr…
Here is something we did not see coming. SmugMug, a photo management company, just bought Flickr, one of the foundation pillars of online photo sharing.
The purchase amount remains unknown, as well as the other terms of the deal.
Alastair Jolly, Global Marketing Manager for SmugMug tells DIYP that “Through this acquisition, SmugMug will now extend this dedication to the largest photography community in the world benefitting tens of millions more photographers and putting their work and inspiration first. The acquisition also builds on SmugMug’s vision to help photographers at all levels share and sell stories”
If you are a user of either of those services, Smugmug tells DIYP that each site will keep its entity and separate operations. If I had to guess though, I think we will see at least some integration in the future, such as direct import and export and maybe some level or portfolio display utilizing Flickr photos via the SmugMug display system.
For the past couple of months, there’s been a thought in the back of my head: “I should leave Flickr and move somewhere else.” The platform is changing and not in the direction I like. I have, then, become more active on the other photo sharing websites I use and I created accounts on a couple of new ones to try them out. I’m exploring my options. The result: I still have and actively use the Flickr account I’ve had since 2009.
Thinking about moving somewhere else is one thing. But as it turns out, actually doing it is much, much harder for me. It got me thinking why I so desperately cling to Flickr and what it is that makes all other platforms just “not good enough.”
Despite 54% of all photos uploaded to Flickr being shot with iPhones, those at the top of the pile seem to be shot by DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Flickr has determined its users’ top 25 photos of 2017, based on various metrics. Number of views, shares, and favourites created a shortlist which was then checked and judged by real-life humans.
Not long after Verizon took over Yahoo and Flickr, we can see the first changes. The once popular platform is terminating their service which allows users to turn their photos into wall art. Also, they’re giving up the book printing service. However, it won’t be terminated completely, but turned over to Blurb instead.
I uploaded a clutch of photos to Flickr on Sunday evening and as I hit the big pink button it occurred to me that using Flickr furnishes me with some seriously retro credentials. While Flickr used to be the place to hang out around 2008, its growth has stalled and the consensus is that Flickr used to be great–it could have been brilliant–but owing to a failure to develop it is a social media has-been. For some of us, this isn’t a problem; but it might become a problem in the not-too-distant future.
It’s been reported before that Verizon was about to acquire Yahoo. Now it’s officially done – Verizon is a new owner of Yahoo, along with Flickr, their (once) popular photo sharing platform. Verizon has acquired Yahoo for $4.48 billion, and they plan to combine it with AOL and create a new service called Oath.
Flickr have released their 2016 end of year review, and, it’s actually not that much different from last year. Mobile phones still dominate, and mirrorless still lag way behind. What’s interesting, though, is that while the leader board hasn’t really changed, the numbers have.
Last year, 39% of all photos uploaded to Flickr were shot with a smartphone. This year, that number has jumped to 48%. Both DSLRs and point & shoots have dropped, although mirrorless cameras have remained at a stable 3%.
Flickr had the potential to be what Facebook is now, unfortunately Yahoo squandered multiple opportunities to make something of Flickr, now Yahoo has decided to offload Flickr to Verizon which is just one of many reasons I have decided to discontinue using Flickr.
It’s a shame to be leaving Flickr because I like the way Flickr works and the way it presents my images but functionality and looks aren’t enough to keep me as a user. All good things come to an end sooner or later. Since I have a fair amount of experience designing, building, implementing, and maintaining web sites I have chosen to self host my images over moving to another hosted service.