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4.2

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Fascinating boredom buster. Eye candy galore.

Flickr is a fun boredom-buster.  It's fun to browse all the wonderful pictures.  But, be careful, it's easy to get carried away and spend hours wrapped up in fascination when you...Read complete review

Flickr is a fun boredom-buster.  It's fun to browse all the wonderful pictures.  But, be careful, it's easy to get carried away and spend hours wrapped up in fascination when you should be working. 

When I first heard about Flickr I was afraid it would be no fun to look at.  I thought that a site where anyone could upload pictures of anything would be full of boring low-quality snapshots that I wouldn't care to peruse.  I envisioned a bigger version of people's myspace picture albums.  It's not like that at all.  It's not thousands of teenage girls shooting pics of themselves and their friends from weird angles with their camera phones.  It's not people's boring birthday party photos and pics of themselves and their kids posing in front of Disneyland.  While it's sometimes fun to view those kind of personal photos if it's of your own friends and family, it's no fun for the public in general.  Though photographers can upload those types of pics, they choose whether to make those public or private or just for viewing by friends and family.  So the pictures chosen to be on display to the public at large are the ones that will interest the public at large. 

The volume of the site is phenomenal.  My hubby and I spent a couple of hours one night trying our hardest to "stump" Flickr, trying to come up with something to search for pictures of that the site didn't have relevant pics for.  We could not stump it.  We tried both the most obscure things we come up with and the most mundane things we could envision, and there wasn't anything we could make up that Flickr didn't have stunning and interesting and completely relevant pics of.  If you want to see a picture of something, anything at all, try Flickr.

The quality of the pics is exceptional,too.  While the site is open to absolutely anyone, there's lots of professional and professional quality amateur photographers that use it.  The posters seem to be people that are really into photography and wanting to take interesting high quality photos.  In hours and hours of use of the site, you next to never come across a pic that's not top quality, like frameable, hang-it-on-the-wall-as-art quality. 

The site does a good job of keeping itself safe for viewing at work.  While there may be a way to upload and view risque material if you want to, I haven't run across it yet.  You're not going to inadvertently stumble across nudity, either the artsy kind or the deliberately pornographic kind, while innocently surfing at work (or at home in front of little ones,either).  I like that.  A lot of art and photography sites aren't filtered or categorized well enough to keep things you wouldn't want to pull up at work out of view.  Flickr's not that way.  You can surf from your job relatively fearlessly.

The site is really user friendly,too.  You have lots of search options.  You can search using keywords from tags given to each photo by the photographer. You can search using keywords from the title or the text accompanyment to the photo. You can search by "pools" of photos.  There's even something they call "Geo-tagging" where you can search by where a photo was taken, even refineable down to the neighborhood street level. 

You can sort your results by how relevant they are to your keywords, how recently they were posted, or even a cool feature called "interestingness".  I'm not sure how interestingness is determined, but it's dead on.  If you sort by interestingness, while it may not be as related to your keywords as you'd hoped, it's gonna be fabulous to look at.  It somehow pushes some really stunning pics to the top of the list.  I think it may use an algorithm somehow based on the number of user comments for each pic maybe? 

I like that it respects photographer's rights to their work,too.  While you can choose to share your pics permanently, like letting people save them and use them, if you want to, you don't automatically have to.  If you like a pic you see on Flickr, you can't just right click on it and save it to your hard drive to use however and wherever you please. If you try to save it, it saves to your computer compressed to one pixel (that renders it pretty well unviewable and unreuseable).  I could see how lots of photographers, especially the professional or semi-pro ones, might want to have more control over their pics.  Some of the pics are really great, and the photographers deserve to have credit for them,especially if someone wants to use the pics for monetary gain.  However, if you happen to looking for an image to reuse for something, Flickr's probably not going to be very useful for you.

Flickr is fascinating and engrossing.  It's rapidly becoming one of my favorite fun internet time-waster sites.

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Don't waste your time or money on Flickr

Don't use this program.  Flickr gives little memory for free.  Even when you pay for extra memory they limit the number of images you can share.  You cannot send just...Read complete review

Don't use this program.  Flickr gives little memory for free.  Even when you pay for extra memory they limit the number of images you can share.  You cannot send just the URL's to you albums, you cannot share more than one album, you cannot share a collection, you cannot share more than 200 images and if you find this out after you paid for the extra memory you are out of luck, they have a NO-REFUND policy in the fine print that you can easily miss.  All-in-all I am not happy

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5.0

Globality of awesome works!

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from USA

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People who are afraid of losing their photos. Flickr gives free to use completely a terabyte of memory. That once saved my photos from total destruction.

If you are a curious person , and not just careful, Flickr offers a huge number of original photos from around the world. The number of unique works is just obscene. And one life is not enough to see all perfect shots. It is possible to add interesting work to your favorites and to see what what professionals add to their "favorite". In general it is essential as a platform for inspiration .

Such a large number of photos creates true known issues: sometimes it is difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, a good shot from hundreds of mediocre. This search draws sometimes not less than contemplation. At least for me.

Advantages: a large number of works, the ability to download the original size, globality, the presence of groups by interest
Disadvantages: a lot of anadromous and random photos.

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4.0

Photo Sharing Site

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from USA

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It was a fun site to use and it was also very easy. Signing up is quick and the range of photos is huge. Only issue I had was that the site deleted my initial account and then randomly made me a new one. It used my yahoo email to make a new one which was alright with me, but it deleted all of my saved photos from my last account. Anyways, the good definitely outweighs to bad on this one. Flickr is great all around and I would recommend it to anyone.

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4.0

Flickr is a fun way to share your photos

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from New York, NY

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I have been uploading and sharing my photos on Flickr for two years now. During this time I have enjoyed the ease of uploading my photos and the social experience by sharing them, however, the overall experience can be a little frustrating at times. I wish that the website were more user friendly when it came to searching/browsing for photos. Searching on Flickr can be a real drag as the search results are not always accurate. I wish there was an advanced search function so that I could browse certain keywords in the text as opposed to just tags or titles. I also dislike how large the photos display when searching. They photos are very large which adds to the loading time. This is made worse when browsing on a mobile device.

Overall, I think Flickr is a nice way to be able to share your photos but is not the greatest for actually browsing or searching. I wish the user interface was more like Google image search. As a result, my usage of Flickr has actually decreased.

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5.0

Used it for a photography class.

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from USA

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I used Flickr.com for a photography class in college. It is very easy to use and you can show off your photography to a whole bunch of people if you make all your stuff public! You can also choose to make specific photos private. I like how next to the pictures they list what camera was used and all the specs about the picture. I have kept my Flickr account even though I had the class years ago. I like it to look at other peoples photography as well.

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1.0

What the...?

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from Great Falls, MT

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Ever since I downloaded the flicker program, I keep getting other peoples pics on my computer.  Now this is what it's supposed to be, a shared pic program, but you can't be choosy...it downloads them all!!!  Many great picks, but I don't want them as part of my "family" album!

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5.0

Flickr For Foto Fun

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from East Meadow, NY

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Flickr to me has grown over the last few years in quality and ownership. Flickr Is part of the Yahoo Group. Ive been a member for quite some time and have an lot of fun, met quite a few people with the same interests. Some of these people now also belong to other sites with me.

I find its easy to use interface to upload plus the are many widget like tools you can use at other sites to show you pictures posted at Flickr...

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1.0

I've had nothing but problems

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from Carrington, ND

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I joined the site and as soon as I did my computer started having problems. The 2 dots that show up in front of the address were on every websites address, if not the 2 dots then it was just the wrong icon in general. To this day I still catch this problem occurring every so often. Also my desk tops background is no longer there and I can't change it because something happened...but do I know what it was....NO! And why do I not know...because when I contacted Flickr about the problems that my computer was having they just sent me a computer generated response that said that they would check into it. After waiting over a month and not hearing any more from them I decided to quit the group. By the way my computer is still all messed up, I have yet to find a way to fix it.

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5.0

Flickr - Amazingly simple

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from Lawrence, KS

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There are tons of online photo sharing sites out there that it is virtually difficult to differentiate one from the other, as every site offers a plethora of features.  Flickr is actually different.  That is because many people use it.  A site can be termed as popular only by the number of users and Flickr has plenty of them.  It is the only Yahoo business that is profitable I think.  It is a great way to share photos about a place, and also a great place to find out about new regions and experience different cultures.  Many of my friends have Flickr Pro accounts, and it shows that in today's age of rampant online piracy where people want everything for free, people do not hesitate to spend if the products are really good.  Flickr happens to fall in that category.  Another great thing about Flickr is the ability to view the Exif Info of every photograph that is uploaded.  That serves as a great benefit for beginners like me who have no idea of what it takes to take a good photograph.  If you have not used Flickr, now is the time to try it!

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5.0

Free Online Photo album to Share with Family all over

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from Frederick, MD

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Love Love Love this new age way of storing all your memories. No Cost. Able to store a ton of photos, read your friends and families comments. Perfect way to keep in touch with those far from home. Easy to use, fast, and fun!

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4.0

Works well

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from Bunnlevel, NC

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This is a great way to share photos with family.  Grandma can look all day if she wants.  It is super easy to upload pics. The only thing i do not like it to edit pics you have to go to picnik and that is so slow.  it took me about 2 hrs to edit 5 pics.  

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