Sharing photos online - is Flickr still relevant?

Published July 31, 2014

I’ve stumbled across an interesting problem that hasn’t bothered me for a while. The past few months have been hectic, with all the travelling and working and stuff, but it has resulted in me actually leaving the house and taking a handful of pictures here and there.

When I got back from Houston, I suddenly remembered that I had a Flickr account. I hadn’t checked in for a very long time, since before they updated their accounts to give you oodles of space for free.

Is Flickr still relevant in this day and age? Maybe it’s because I haven’t used it in such a long time but it feels like maybe no one else is either?

Before I remembered my Flickr account, I was wondering what the modern replacement was.

It could be Instagram but I don’t actually have an account, and have never really felt the need to have one. They’re owned by Facebook, too, which doesn’t exactly increase their appeal. And it doesn’t help if there are a handful of pictures that might be better suited to a gallery.

Perhaps it’s Pinterest? There are some wonderful pictures on there, and it has a timeless quality where you can find things that have been posted recently or a long time ago and they’re just as relevant and often just as shared. There’s more of a gallery feel, with the various boards, but it does seem like you need to be picking out your best works to show off to the Pinterest world, rather than just having a collection of medium holiday snaps.

For a while I started putting some pictures in a Wordpress gallery, attached to the blog post they were related to, but that has obviously gone by the by with the move to Ghost. There are some very good photography themes on both Wordpress and Ghost, but just as with Pinterest, that’s more for feature photos rather than a handful pictures that just might be a little bit interesting.

So, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is still all about Flickr that does the job for me, but its reach has likely been diluted over the past couple of years. Now it just needs me to a) have time to actually upload things to Flickr and b) keep taking pictures.

I think these may be mutually exclusive activities, too, particularly as I intend to hibernate for the rest of the year.

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