Recently I spoke at Richard Robbins Achieve in Toronto. While we couldn’t get to all the questions during the event we promised to answer them all. The following is just one of many…
“What is Flickr?”
Well first of all, it’s a place to store images online. It’s a place to share images online. A place to comment and collect images online. It’s a place to meet and engage new people. It’s an SEO engine. It’s a social network. Flickr launched in 2004, was bought by Yahoo in 2005 for $35 million.
Flickr is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. While I can tell you what Flickr is to me, I thought it might be better to see what Flickr is to others.
I posed the question to Facebook Peeps and here’s what they had to say.
For the responses above all I did was upload them to a set in Flickr and then grab the slideshow embed code!
All the wonderful Flickr goodness also comes with a caveat. Don’t use Flickr to sell. If you do, they’ll just delete your account and do so without any warning what so ever. Ask Matt Stigliano. Flickr does not allow commercial content for the sake of creating business. Pictures of your listings with a link back to your site could easily get your account deleted.
From their site:
“Don’t use Flickr to sell.
If we find you engaging in commercial activity, we will warn you or delete your account. Some examples include selling products, services, or yourself through your photostream or in a group, using your account solely as a product catalog, or linking to commercial sites in your photostream. If you engage in commercial activity elsewhere on the internets or in the real world, you’re still welcome on Flickr—in fact, we’ve even set up some best practices especially for you.”
You’ll also see mentions of other options like Picasa, PhotoBucket and SmugMug. You might remember Flickr got itself in a little hot water when it accidentally deleted a 4,000 pictures and a users account a few weeks ago. Yes, Accidents Happen and Flickr isn’t the only game in town. Matter of fact on the side of my Facebook post about Flickr guess what I saw? An ad from SmugMug trying to capitalize on the Flickr stumble! SmugMug doesn’t have a free option like Flickr or Picasa but they do have an interesting array of services and levels at
So, what is Flickr? I think that depends on who you ask.
- Flickr deletes 5 years of user’s photos by accident (pixiq.com)
- RIM Discontinuing Flickr for BlackBerry Support March 1 (intomobile.com)
- Understanding the Difference Between SmugMug and Flickr (blogs.photopreneur.com)
- Accidents happen (areweconnected.com)