The Story of Flickr

by Eric Ebert on 20. March 2012 – 09:17

I’ll be looking at some of our partners in the next few entries and trying to share new information as well as the history of the companies themselves. Today I’m starting with the photo sharing platform, Flickr™. Flickr was founded in 2004 in Vancouver (according to Wikipedia) by Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake. They built the original Flickr out of tools that they had developed for their game Neverending. The game was never produced, but Flickr lived on.

Flickr was bought by Yahoo! in 2005 and has seen a lot of changes over the years. The original founders left Flickr in 2008. Flickr is one of the biggest photo sharing platforms in the world with approximately 6 billion images. After the Yahoo! acquisition, the storage was moved to servers in the US and the two account system was built. Basically it’s like this:

Free account includes:

2 video uploads per month, 300MB of photos per month, 10 Photo pools.

Pro Account includes:

Everything above on an unlimited basis (except 60 photo pools, instead of 10) for $24.95 per year!

I think that the Pro account is worth it if you’re a regular user; however I also think that the free account is also quite generous for the passive user (one of the best that I’ve come across). Flickr has also merged with Getty Images™ (2009) to allow users the ability to share photos that would be suitable for “stock” and with Snapfish™ to allow users to order prints of their photos.

Even the White House is using Flickr. I think that says a lot about the company. I’ll make a sweeping generalisation about the 51 million users here, but I think that most of the Professional Photographers use it for advertising their work and use a more “seller friendly” site to actually conduct business. Flickr runs the entire spectrum though; from teenagers that want to share photos they’ve taken with their cell phones to professionals that want to highlight their work!

Overall, a great service that is free and social! Think of it as the YouTube™ for photos, with comments, sharing and privacy settings. Plus, it also works with a single click from Flickr!


2 Responses to The Story of Flickr

  1. Aidan sagt:

    I would use this great integration if photos didn’t appear as public to the world by default.

  2. Eric Ebert sagt:

    That is a great point. Maybe we can build in a dropdown menu in the future. Thanks for the feedback! We appreciate it!