The same flickr which capriciously deletes the photos of paying customers? The same flickr which has catastrophic accidents? The same flickr who bans paying customers for commenting on political issues? The same flickr which one day decided that paintings and drawings weren’t suitable for its site?
Yeah. I’m not ok with that. If you’re “liberating” your Instagram photos to Flickr, you’re merely trading one jail cell for another.
As I’ve mentioned before, we’re moving to an era where people control their own content. They don’t need to cede it to some 3rd party and hope that the terms and conditions don’t change from under their feet.
So, what’s the solution? People are saying “what did we do before Instagram? Oh yes, Flickr!”
What they should be doing is saying “What did we do before Flickr? Oh yes, self hosting.”
That’s where OpenPhoto.me comes in. The premise is simple. You store your photos on your own storage system. That could be your DropBox account (500 MB free), your Box.com account (5GB free), or Amazon S3 (5GB free), or CX.com, or DreamHost’s DreamObjects – or, finally, on your own server.
They’re your photos – so you get control of them. You can easily back them up, move to a different hosting provider, or delete them forever.
You get a nice front end for your photos – with commenting, tagging, albums, privacy settings, mobile viewing and uploads etc.
You can change the look and feel of the theme to suit your preferences.
With a single click you can import your images, tags, comments, and metadata from Instagram, Flickr and Facebook. No doubt more services will be arriving soon – or you can manually upload your photos.
As I’ve mentioned, if you really don’t trust any of the above storage providers, you can use the Open Source OpenPhoto to run everything on your own server.
Why on Earth would you want your photos to be held hostage by some nebulous third party? Even if you have a billing relationship with them, it won’t stop them changing their terms and conditions, or “mistakenly” deleting your work.
Want to liberate your photos from the evil Instagram? Tired of Facebook’s stranglehold on your images? Remembering why you left Flickr in the first place?