If you aren’t using Flickr to store and share your photos the time to get on board is now. Yahoo! made big news today (in addition to the Tumblr purchase) by announcing some new and improved features for what was a slowly dying dinosaur of a website – Flickr. I, and a few other people still used it, but for the most part the more serious photographers were moving to 500px, Google+ and/or SmugMug. I use all the sites and I have to say the changes that Flickr made today would make this my recommended site for someone starting out to start sharing photos with others.
Some of new benefits/perks of the free account:
1) One Terabyte of data…yes one terabyte. That is ALOT of data and most users won’t ever fill that which is what Yahoo! is banking on. For comparison sake at Google the charge to store 1 TB of data is $50/month. This is a major shot over the data storage bow – as files get bigger this will come in handy so might as well get on board now.
2) I’m not an Android user but if you are there is a new app release coming up soon and the pre-reviews are all positive. I do use the iPhone app but this to me isn’t as big of a deal as the storage.
3) The new display to photos is a major upgrade from what they’ve been using for years. I joined Flickr in 2010 and it hadn’t changed since then. Essentially, now the photos are the stars (as they should be) rather than filling up a bunch of space with titles and descriptions you can now see the photos and click on them for all that information if you are interested. Sites like 500px and Google have been doing this for sometime of course but nice Flickr getting in the game here.
This is certainly a step in the right direction for Flickr and with the Tumblr purchase they are getting back into the social media game which is where they really struggled prior to the hiring of Marissa Mayer as CEO. She’s been very aggressive in her acquisitions and combined with the changes at Flickr I expect the Tumblr purchase to lead Yahoo! into a new and more relevant age. That makes me feel good since I’m probably the only one still using Yahoo.com as my email address so now I have some added street cred for keeping that archaic email.
Photo of the Day – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Speaking of archaic – this is the first shopping mall ever built. It is in Milan, Italy and is named the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It was built in the 1860s and the designs and architecture – like most things in Europe is very grand and ornate. The structure connects the Duomo with the La Scala Opera house by glass roofs stretching out in a cross formation. In the center of the mall is a tile depiction of a bull from a famous Italian coat of arms – legend has it that if you put your right heel on the bulls genitals and spin yourself three times you will have good luck. You can see the crowd gathered on the left hand side of this photo – each person taking their turn spinning on the bulls genitals. Of course this type of attention causes pretty severe damage to the tile and the bull needs to be replaced every two to three years.
Lastly, my heart goes out to all of those who are or know someone impacted by the tornadoes ripping across Oklahoma.