15 thoughts on “Flickr – I hate it.

  1. It’s been really slow for me lately too.

    I guess it’s brilliant if you have a use for all of it’s features but all I tend to use it for is as a backup facility, which to be honest, has saved me a lot of heartache after I deleted a local folder I shouldn’t have.

  2. i’ve always hated flickr. i never understood why people love it so much. ooooh. you can tag photos so then you can see other photos of people who you don’t know and will never meet. what’s the point? i will look at photos is i’m in them or i know you. anything else, i don’t care. i don’t need to be related to a bunch of strangers through meaningless tags.

  3. I’d say you’d missed the point of the tagging shep, but it sounds as if you’d hate it no-matter what.

    Flickr is, simply put, not just a gallery. If that’s all you want then you could just roll your own version on your site (though the mobile stuff would be a little harder).

    It’s the rest of the stuff that makes Flickr useful. Tagging is one small part of that. There’s lots more that make it useful. If you don’t want to use it, that’s cool. It’s not for you. Fine. I don’t like coffee really, I don’t really understand why other people do, I like the smell, but thats about it – it’s cool that other people drink it though.

    Tagging is over-hyped anyhow. It’s a way of storing information about something, that’s all. Customisable meta-information. Tagging has somehow become a buzz-word… ugh.

  4. I can see slh’s point about moblogging.
    I can see James’ point about backup
    The rest I still fail to see.

    Tags are indeed over-hyped.
    Coffee is fantastic stuff :)

    I think a lot of what flickr and other such apps do is create super-hype by getting the A-listers to say “Ooohh” and then everyone jumps on the bandwagon with a “mememememememememetooooo” so what is actually just ‘ok’ takes on the appearance of something huge.

  5. There probably is an element of that. I can only speak from my perspective (I’m a flickr pro user).

    I got it mostly for the reason that it made my life easier. Categorisation is easy (sets and tags), uploading is easy (web or a program for batches), I can mo-blog easily, it doesn’t use my sites bandwidth, it’s backed up probably better than my site is.

    That’s just a feature list really, but also there was something else: the community. Unlike standalone blogs things like Flickr make it very easy for your friends, contacts, and really anyone, to keep track of your photos. Yes they could do that if you hosted it on your own site, but not at the same time as their ither friends. So flickr doesn’t also make my life easier – it makes my friends lives easier, especially if they also have a gallery.

    There is nothing Flickr does that I couldn’t do on my own site, but the professionalism, quality, and cost (especially in time and maintenance) is less with Flickr. Also there is no way that you can have the community aspect with your own site.

    I suppose an equal comparison is LiveJournal vs roll-your-own blogs. It’s nothing you couldn’t do on your own site, except for the communial parts, but they do it for you.

  6. Also – Flickr didn’t really create a lot of hype. They spread almost completely through word of mouth. That’s not hype.

    They, of course, made it easy to spread that word (the little flash Flickr thing comes to mind, also the API). Flickr became popular because it did something really well, and did it in a way that hadn’t quite been done before.

    Notes was a big adoption factor I think – though you don’t see as many people using them now as they did.

  7. I think the tag feature is good. It worked really well for a friend’s wedding. Several people took photos, uploaded them to flickr and tagged them all the same, so anyone could search for that tag and see all photos by everyone who was there. That was kinda nice.

  8. I just use Flickr for moblogging, I don’t even use tags for those. I also prefer to have my photos on my site, call me a control freak, I don’t care. I’ve even (finally) managed to find a way of integrating a decent photo gallery (QDIG) with WordPress. (http://qdigwp.theninelives.com)

    The thing is that it took such a long time and I haven’t yet managed to roll the gallery back into my main site. Whereas for my moblogging Flickr, all it took was a few clicks, a little bit of cut and paste and voila there is a photo of my daughter covered in cream from a bun.

    The power of flickr comes from making it bleeding simple.

  9. I keep having a look at Flickr, then give up on it again, mainly because I dislike the interface. I often resort to text searching for the ‘my groups’ links and the like that are squirreled away in a massive block at the bottom.

    However, I do like Flickr for when I suddenly think ‘I quite fancy looking at pictures of X’ and know that there is a good chance I can find something. Also with events like the Bunsfield oil fire it can be a good way to get non-mainstream images.

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