It’s been over a year since I uploaded a photo to Flickr. Prior to September 2017, I was a fairly regular contributor to that photo-sharing platform. I had, and I still have i.e. I still pay for, a Pro account, but it’s been quiet at my place. That may be changing, but I’m not sure it will matter to most folks here. However, there is something in this post might matter to some of you. I’ll try to get to the point quickly.
I stopped contributing to Flickr after Verizon bought the photo-sharing service from Yahoo and announced their rather curious terms of service. I may have been wrong, but it seemed Verizon was saying that any photos I shared ‘publicly’ on Flickr could be used by them, or their partners, without asking permission, without attributing the photo to me and, of course without paying me. They could do that forever – I made my account private, and since nobody was there to see my pictures, I stopped sharing.
Later on, I read the legal-ish opinion of a few folks who suggested that if you only shared photos with specific people, they wouldn’t be considered ‘public’ photos. I studied those terms and conditions, and it did seem that if I only shared with ‘friends and family’ I was safe. Still, it had been months since I had uploaded anything, and I didn’t trust Verizon.
Now, Flickr has been purchased by SmugMug, an even older photo-sharing site, which seems to be more in tune with photographers, including us amateurs, but I’m not sure what I’m going do.
I like having my photos on Flickr so I can search for them by keywords.
I like that SmugMug gives its Pro member unlimited storage – that makes Flickr a great place to back up my photos.
I like being able to find and share a photo quickly from a mobile device if someone asks, but
For all intents and purposes, Flickr is another social platform. It takes time to be on Flickr and I’m not sure I have the time.
Most of my social contacts see my photos here on this blog.
What’s a boy to do?
I’ll let you know.
In the meantime, here’s the point I was getting to. I did open an Instagram account as No Facilities. I don’t plan on sharing photos on Instagram (I don’t trust Facebook), but I’d like to see some of your pictures. So, if you have an Instagram account, and you like having people follow you, please let me know how I can find you. You can leave a message in a comment, or you can email “noFacilities at gmail dot com.” I won’t make any promises about how often I might get there, but I’d like to give it a try.
As for my photos in today’s gallery, it’s just the usual suspects. I hope you have a great week.