Flickr is a popular photo sharing network that allows users to showcase their pictures and pass them along to others. Users create an account and upload as many or as few photographs as they like.
The site currently supports multiple upload methods including uploads from email, mobile devices and the user’s desktop. Sharing options through Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and email make it easy to pass photographs on to friends and family. Each photograph can be added with a caption or description. Flickr also posts the date the photo was taken, how many views and favorites it received and comments left by other users. Flickr provides users with a simple search tool bar that allows them to search for images by keyword.
Along with sharing photo albums with friends and family, professionals can use Flickr as an easy, inexpensive way to create an online portfolio to share with potential clients and business partners.
Flickr was launched by Ludicorp in February 2004. It was originally a chatroom with photo-sharing for their upcoming 'Game Neverending' application. It became very popular, so they shelved the game and focused on online photo sharing instead.
In March 2005 Flickr was bought by Yahoo for approximately $35 million and was integrated in the Yahoo site.
Flickr offers a list of features that are very common among other photo sharing applications. The site offers a neat layout and user friendly design that is ideal for new and experienced internet users. One of the most appealing aspects of Flickr is its enormous user community, which includes a huge data base of images.
The Flickr website entices users with a large banner featuring a detailed, color images right on the homepage. A handful of dark blue and pink links can be found at the top center of the page along with a search tool bar to the right. The photo pages present the user with the large size image and stats along the right hand side. User comments are found below.
A new user can join the Flickr community by clicking the pink “Sign Up” link near the upper, right and corner of the homepage (beside the search tool bar). A matching button can be found inside the color image header. A pop up box appears inviting the user to sign up with an existing Facebook or Google account. Users who prefer to create a new account can click the gold “Create New Account button at the top of the login form. The button directs the user to the Yahoo registration form, which asks for a first and last name, gender, date of birth, country, postal code, Yahoo ID, password, alternate email and two security questions and answers.
Flickr provides all new users with access to a free basic account. This account includes a 300 MB monthly photo upload limit (or 15 MBs per photo), two video uploads per month with a 90 second or 150 MB max per video, a 200 image photo stream limit, photos in up to 10 group pools and smaller resize image access.
Users can upgrade to a Flickr Pro plan for approximately $25 per year. The Pro plan includes unlimited photo uploads, 20 MB photo size max, unlimited video uploads, 500 MB video max, HD video capabilities, unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, archiving of high resolution images, photos in up to 60 group pools, no advertisements, view count and referrer statistics.
Flickr is a valuable resource for anyone who would like to share photographs online. The application offers a free and paid membership, which is appealing to both individuals and professionals.