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April 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM #8573

Anna

Flickr is a Yahoo project launched in 2004. Since THP began in Summer 2011, preliminary specimens for revival projects have been hosted by flickr.com.

Persistent Upsides

  • A large, well-established, international, scholarly and highly interactive type community
  • Robust indexing by search engines and image-collecting “bots”

The above Power Features direct significant targeted traffic to THP—a Good Thing for All Concerned!

  • One terabyte of image storage, upload and viewing privileges free of charge to THP and visitors
  • Organization of images into logical Albums (formerly called Sets) and Collections of Albums/Sets
  • Imbedding and cross-linking of “live” images of revival fonts built by THP Partners into Chapel topics
  • Advertising visible (AFAIK) only during the upload process

The above Power Features are seamlessly compatible with THP’s WordPress infrastructure. They may be impossible, difficult or extremely time-consuming to integrate if migrated elsewhere.

Recent Downsides

  • Recently, some corporate “smartie pants” decided to practically destroy the familiar Flickr interface—on top of a earlier “cutification” redesign that was bad enough already.
  • What was once a straight-forward, “no nonsense” presentation has become a “social” disaster!
  • There is zero POSITIVE feedback about these changes. On the contrary, furious Flickr members including THP and countless professional photographers have complained and begged for restoration of earlier versions.
  • While Flickr consistently thanks us for our input and asks for more, The Powers That Be ignore the flood of negative criticism.

Dilemma

THP is actively seeking an alternative to Flickr.
Can YOU recommend one with comparable “upsides”?


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May 2, 2014 at 11:38 PM #9019

Michael Hurley

What you are seeing there are ads by Flickr to try and get you to make custom photo books from your uploaded photos that Flickr will print and ship to you. They aren’t sharing your uploads with someone else or anything. For all the terrible interface changes, Flickr still has some of the most user-friendly privacy and Intellectual Property management policies on the internet.

Michael


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May 7, 2014 at 5:23 AM #9257

Anna

Thanks for solving this mystery, Michael. Who knew that only I could see what I saw? It just looked fishy!

I agree that Flickr is still the best option, even with the dreadful changes. I’ve deleted the screenshots I posted there to avoid further confusion.

Thanks again, Anna


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May 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM #9336

Michael Hurley

The clue for me was the “Create” header in the top, left corner. That started pointing me in the right direction. I actually didn’t know until this thread that Flickr did print-on-demand photo books. It looks like they take the set (album) you’ve most recently posted to and make an automatic layout with it to “entice” you.

Michael


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May 13, 2014 at 12:27 AM #9495

Anna

Right again, Michael!
Yes, it really amounts to a POD “service.” Who knows? It may be handy someday.


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May 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM #9497

Michael Hurley

Sure! I don’t have a problem with print-on-demand in and of itself. I do wish Flickr did a better job of differentiating their pay services like POD from the general usage services, though. But then, just about everything in the new interface seems to be about reducing usability and clarity.

Michael


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