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Flickr – Photo Sharing Made Easy and Loaded with Options

written by: •edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 9/19/2008

Managing and sharing your photos online has never been easier. Flickr is loaded with options sure to suit everyone’s needs. Read on to learn more.

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    In a recent Bright Hub discussion I was asked, “What photo sharing tool do you recommend?” I figured what better way to answer that question than with an article bragging about my favourite online photo sharing website. The answer - as I’m sure you’ve already deduced by this article’s title - is none other than Flickr. Here’s why:

    Loaded with Options

    On Flickr’s “About” page, they claim they are “...the WD-40 that makes it easy to get photos or video from one person to another in whatever way they want.” I wouldn’t disagree with this statement. They provide you with tools to organize your photos, several uploading options, get updates from family and friends, receive comments from other Flickr members, send out a “guest pass” for those who don’t have a Flickr account, and so much more!

    There are two types of account you can have with Flickr. Flickr’s Basic account is free. If you’d like to have a Pro account it will cost $24.95 for a one year subscription. You don’t need to pay to take advantage of the features. The Basic account will be more than enough for a lot of people, but even if it isn’t, the fee certainly won’t break the bank. Here is a comparison of the two (information taken from Flickr’s FAQ page):

    Basic Account:

    • 100 MB monthly upload limit (10MB per photo)
    • 3 sets
    • Photostream views limited to the 200 most recent images
    • Post any of your photos in up to 10 group pools
    • Only smaller (resized) images accessible (though the originals are saved in case you upgrade later)

    Pro Account:

    • Unlimited photo uploads (20MB per photo)
    • Unlimited video uploads (90 seconds max)
    • Unlimited storage
    • Unlimited bandwidth
    • Unlimited photosets
    • Archiving of high-resolution original images
    • The ability to replace a photo
    • Post any of your photos or videos in up to 60 group pools
    • Ad-free browsing and sharing
    • View count and referrer statistics

    I’d also like to point out that Flickr has Privacy Controls. This is a great option for those who would like to only share their photos with family and friends. With the privacy settings, you’re in control over who views your photos.

    For a full list of Flickr’s features, please visit Flickr’s “Magical Feature Tour