Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Why flickr?

I am not yet able to understand why people are going ga-ga over flickr. Why would I like to pay them the amount that they ask for a pro account when I can get a shared server space (much larger space) for much less money? Backups?

If you want free photo upload facility. Why not Yahoo photos which is free and provides unlimited upload and storage.

Basically they have provided an unusable interface to yahoo photos and flickr has some real cool utilities. If user interface is the reason people might subscribe to flickr, why isn't Steve Jobs the richest man on earch?

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Anonymous Sunil said...

The main reason for Flickr's popularity has been its tagging feature.. thanks to blogs, del.icio.us, technorati etc. tagging has become one of the coolest fads in the recent times, and flickr is about the only photo album site that provides it (or at least it was the first one).

That said, yes I don't think the site is really that useful. I tried using them but gave up because they had so many restrictions.. on file size, on number of photos, on bandwidth blah blah blah.. I use photobucket and although it has a number of limitations too, there hasn't really been any good reason for me to switch.

3:05 AM  
Blogger Hemal Modi said...

Yeah Photobucket is better in the sense it has no size or bandwidth restriction. It is also understandable if they let us have only a limited free storage, per account!

3:32 AM  
Blogger Jeet said...

Thnx for your comments guys.. I think I already have an account with photobucket.. will explore more..

6:35 AM  
Blogger Dhar said...

Have used Yahoo photos earlier. So comparing with that and not Photobucket which I have not used. I prefer Flickr because:

1. Allows me to store/retrieve my highest resolution pictures. Yahoo does not allow that. In fact Yahoo resizes to some crappy dimensions and allows only that size.

2. Allows me to add contacts, view their pics and in general build a feeling of community.

3. Their discussion forums provide lots of gyaan to new photographers. For me this has been the BIGGEST draw of Flickr.

4. Well integrated with popular blogging software.

5. Comes with Flickr Uploader which allows me to drag and drop multiple files. Yahoo AFAIK doesnt allow that.

Will add more as I think of them.

Cheers,
D.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Dhar said...

Oh yes.... forgot Flickr provides RSS feeds too. So I dont have to login and check if any of my contacts has published a new set of pics... Damn cool feature.

Cheers,
D.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Jeet said...

:) thnx Dhar.. ya the highest resolution is definitely is drawback. Did you try gmail rss? it rocks :D

8:40 PM  
Blogger Dhar said...

I was almost in the same boat as you currently are. I could not see why people would pay for a service like Flickr.

After being gifted a pro account by and after having used it for some time, I know that at the end of the year, I will renew it by paying 20 odd dollars.

The ability to upload upto 2 GB of data per month is one big draw. So are active user groups like Technique. I have also started enjoying the community aspects of Flickr. People offering suggestions about your pics, commenting on your photography techniques etc. help you become a better photographer.

So far, I have not been a big user of Flickr's tagging system. Though I can visualize ways in which it will be very useful in the future.

In short,if I may borrow from McDonalds tag line, I am loving it. :)

Cheers,
D.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Jeet said...

chamka.. lekin tumne comment karte time puch maar diya :> link to binu's page is not visible :D

11:39 PM  
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