Monday, 11 November 2013

A Note on Flickr

Since I know of many people are not into Flickr simply because they could not be bothered with creating a Yahoo account, I would like to note that for several years now one can put one’s hands on a Flickr account using one’s Google of Facebook credentials. [Indeed, the primary reason most people do not bother with a Flickr account is to do with them using Facebook as their photo album of choice. But don’t get me started on Facebook and trusting one’s photos with them.]
Thus, for example, if you know me and were after access to my Flickr photos that are not public, all you need to do is establish yourself a Flickr account using your credentials of choice and tell me about it. As in, tell me how you chose to refer to yourself on Flickr.

While on the matter of Flickr, I would like to note a recent tweak that made the service much more valuable to smartphone owners (at least iPhone ones; I don’t know if, at this stage, the same applies to Android).
I assume that by now you are aware that Flickr allows any user to have 1TB of photos uploaded to its servers for free. I severely doubt you’d be able to manage a significant fraction of that capacity with all your photos uploaded.
The recent trick is now with this setting available on the iPhone Flickr app. It allows its users to have their photos, all their photos, automatically uploaded to Flickr for safekeeping (you can set it up to only upload via wifi). All photos uploaded this way have their privacy setting triggered so that only you can access them, at least until you go and change that setting on the photos you want exposed.
Think about it: between its 1TB capacity and this auto upload, your smartphone’s photos are all going to be backed up in the cloud. Automatically, care free. That's much better than Apple's iCloud or even Dropbox can offer.
Of course, cloud backup comes with a price: essentially, you’d be sharing your photos with the NSA; but then again, if you backed your photos to the cloud already, any cloud, chances are the NSA has already seen your latest holiday snaps. I suggest swamping them with as much material as possible instead.
And just to make sure this post gets the NSA’s attention and wastes their time: #terrorism #BinLaden

Image copyrights: Flickr


wile.e.coyote said...

Now I know why I was not aware of this post. I usually try to read the start of each post and see if it is either: 1) showing nice girls in the photo 2) contain any data relevant to the old country 3) got a good and interesting opening.
As I got Flicker account, it is interesting, but I stopped reading it when I reach the part you start to bitch about Facebook privacy policy.
Anyhow, going free of charge is always a good idea as long as it does not say they will close the service in the future.
Base on what I see the Android version of Flicker does not provide auto-backup, but there is a 3rd party app ("Flickr Up Auto Upload - FREE") that supposed to do so, I will give it a try

wile.e.coyote said...

The new Flicker mobile version allows automatic upload for old Android versions 2.X.
Go Go Auto Upload.