Blogathon Vancouver 2008: "F" is for Flickrby
That’s right folks, the world’s most popular (and fantastic) photo sharing website is a Vancouver-grown creation. Hosting more than 2 billion images as of last year, Flickr was the brainchild of Caterina and Stewart of Vancouver in 2004. It was then gobbled up by Yahoo! in early 2007. However, the pair are so beloved by this town that when it was announced that they had left Flickr, Vancouver dotcom’ers used the power of social media to lure them back.
A Facebook group was created and the domain, “BringCaterinaAndStewartHome” was purchased.
Flickr has free accounts as well as a pro version that allows you to upload, store and share all of your photos and videos for a low annual fee. Aside from its multiple uses including various tags, photo editing and a batch uploader it has very social aspects with groups, sets and collections. I think it is important to celebrate its local roots and the folks who made Flickr possible.
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I hadn’t a clue about the Vancouver-based origins where the creators of this fine products were concerned. Cool!
I haven’t gone whole hog about getting the Pro version, as I’ve been using Flickr as a template or preview shots until such time I finally got around to processing and captioning all of my (travel) photos.