I have known about Flickr for a long time now, but I’d never really paid that much attention to it. I’ve seen the occasional links to Flickr galleries on Digg, but I hadn’t considered using the site myself. Even when the company was purchased by Yahoo, I didn’t pay much attention. I have my own web space, so I have used Picasa to make web photo galleries with it. While that has been cool, it doesn’t provide tags, ratings, or user comments on any of your pictures. Flickr does all this, and more, in style.

It has finally caught my attention and I have started using it. I must say that I really like it. The site is snappy, clean, and easy to use. Adding contacts and controlling the sharing of your photos is simple and clearly defined. The slideshows are cool, and viewing multiple sizes of any single picture is easy. Viewing the full-sized version of any large photo is only allowed on Pro accounts ($24 annually). Still, with the free account, my photos can be viewed up to 1024×768, which is just fine by me. One bummer is that free accounts are limited to 100 MB per month for uploads. I can’t find any specific limits on your overall disk use, however. For now, I am sticking with the free version.

I still need to download an uploader to make things easier. At the moment, I am still adding pictures one-by-one. That is been okay for my trials, but to really upload a “roll” of film would be ridiculous doing it this way. Still, I am very impressed with the site. After years of making Photoshop and Picasa web galleries, and using sites like Shutterfly, I am now comfortably using Flickr and my #1 choice. I surely recommend it.

Author: Craig Tisinger


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