Flickred Out

Why did I abandon Flickr?

You might have noticed the error above popping up all over the place in the last several months. This isn’t because the photos were removed as the error suggests, but because the folks at Flickr decided to change many of the photo URLs without so much as an email to let us peasants know. This wasn’t a global change, but seems to be totally at random affecting about half of the photos I have stored there. If I were just another free user it might merely be annoying, but as a paying “Pro” customer it’s totally unacceptable. Three months (that I’m aware of) later, and my photos continue to disappear throughout the internet with not so much as a peep from Flickr.

If that wasn’t bad enough, about half way through the process of editing every article I’ve ever published the new and “improved” Flickr site was released, with an individual photo page design that nearly tripled the work involved to download the original photo. While the photo page’s design has since been improved, clearly Flickr can’t be trusted for photo hosting and sharing (off-Flickr) anymore so I’m in the process of moving the bulk of the photos to my own server. Until that’s done, missing photos can be viewed by clicking on them since links to the photos are (so far) unaffected.