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... is Flickr worth it?

 
Immaculens
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Apr 21, 2014 18:45 |  #1

The Flickr dilemma...
Flickr says we now need to sign in with a Yahoo account (no more google or FB sign-in)...

So this is another example of our information going to a $1 billion corporation and I'm wondering - aside from a free terabyte of space (which is nice for back-up) - are there any other benefits of Flickr??

I'm just at a personal limit of giving out my info to the who business world... Google and FB having my info is bad enough...

thoughts? Flickr worth it? Creating a Yahoo Account worth it?


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Apr 21, 2014 18:51 |  #2

Once you've given your info to Google and FB, the whole world already has it. It' just yet another sign-on and password for you to remember. Being set up and run by Yahoo, it would make sense that they don't (or are being prevented from) relying on a competitors system to manage and authenticate users.


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Apr 22, 2014 00:46 |  #3

I'm a bit more iffy with "free" accounts... I just stick to my smugmug account. It's completely unlimited storage for as low as $5 a month, depending on which plan you get. I have TERABYTES of full sized JPG files in my hard drive and I upload them all to my smugmug as a backup. I put them into a folder that's hidden so it's just for me to see. You can also upload as many videos as you want (3gb max each file), so even more terabytes of my videos are stored onto it as backup for me. Love it love it love it.

If you're interested in it, let me know and I'll give you my coupon code so you get 20% off. :D


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Apr 22, 2014 02:22 |  #4

There's no such thing as free on the Internet. You pay in dollars, or in information, or by looking at ads, or visiting infomercial sites; but one way or another you pay. The corollary to this is there's no such thing as privacy on the Internet. Cookies, browser thumbprints, IP addresses, web bugs, embedded scripts track you on services you might never even visit. Even on SmugMug there are Google and other third-party web bugs and scripts that keep track of your visits, clicks and time spent on their site.

Websites sell that information directly or "in anonymized aggregate form" with marketing companies, consumer demographics companies and other organizations. The fallacy is that with enough data and some strategically-placed beacons and scripts, it is not a difficult task to reassociate anonymous data with real individual profiles. And even if these profiles don't have your name attached, it is again another easy step to do so. I saw it in action at one of the top Internet advertising companies over 10 years ago, and I'm sure it is even easier today.


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Apr 22, 2014 05:13 |  #5

Immaculens wrote in post #16851344 (external link)
thoughts? Flickr worth it? Creating a Yahoo Account worth it?

yes, it's free and creating a yahoo account takes only a minute




  
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Apr 22, 2014 05:29 |  #6

Am I missing something here? All you have to do is set up a FREE email account that you never have to use again in order to access a FREE website that allows you to host 1 terabyte of photos...for....FREE?




  
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Apr 22, 2014 05:32 |  #7

fashionrider wrote in post #16851923 (external link)
I'm a bit more iffy with "free" accounts... I just stick to my smugmug account. It's completely unlimited storage for as low as $5 a month, depending on which plan you get. I have TERABYTES of full sized JPG files in my hard drive and I upload them all to my smugmug as a backup. I put them into a folder that's hidden so it's just for me to see. You can also upload as many videos as you want (3gb max each file), so even more terabytes of my videos are stored onto it as backup for me. Love it love it love it.

If you're interested in it, let me know and I'll give you my coupon code so you get 20% off. :D

I too have smugmug and love it, but just because you pay a company for their services, doesn't mean they don't and won't sell your information. Or that you'll be free from your information being stolen. For example, I have an Adobe subscription to their suite of products and last year I received a notification that thousands of their customers may have had their information stolen. However, they did provide us with a year of free credit monitoring in light of this event. But my point is that just b/c you pay, doesn't mean squat. :)

That being said, I have a couple of email addresses (like Yahoo and Google) that I used and give out for sign-ups and the such and for people and companies that I don't want to flood my regular email account with.


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Apr 22, 2014 05:37 |  #8

Somebloke wrote in post #16852196 (external link)
Am I missing something here? All you have to do is set up a FREE email account that you never have to use again in order to access a FREE website that allows you to host 1 terabyte of photos...for....FREE?

Well, you do have to access the account every so often, otherwise, they will close the account for none use. Unless you pay for the Yahoo Mail Plus account, which never expires. I would say just go with the free account and sign in once a month.


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Apr 22, 2014 05:40 |  #9

rdwalton wrote in post #16852206 (external link)
Well, you do have to access the account every so often, otherwise, they will close the account for none use. Unless you pay for the Yahoo Mail Plus account, which never expires. I would say just go with the free account and sign in once a month.

After how long? I've never used mine and it's still all good? (knock on wood...)




  
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Apr 22, 2014 05:46 |  #10

Somebloke wrote in post #16852209 (external link)
After how long? I've never used mine and it's still all good? (knock on wood...)

I think it's six months of inactivity. But if you're logging into flickr, then that may count as activity.


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Apr 22, 2014 07:20 as a reply to  @ rdwalton's post |  #11

I'm not sure what you all are talking about. I don't have a Yahoo account. I don't use Yahoo for email. I do use Flickr, and it still opens like it always has. I'm not too find of the most recent change in the website, but that's another issue. I have never logged in with anything but the shortcut saved on my Chrome browser.


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Apr 22, 2014 07:33 |  #12

Preeb wrote in post #16852323 (external link)
I'm not sure what you all are talking about. I don't have a Yahoo account. I don't use Yahoo for email. I do use Flickr, and it still opens like it always has. I'm not too find of the most recent change in the website, but that's another issue. I have never logged in with anything but the shortcut saved on my Chrome browser.

Well, you must be special. But I'm pretty sure you do have a Yahoo ID and you just click the link to log in and it has your ID and password stored, so you don't have to enter each time. Mine is set up that way too. I just click the icon on my menu bar and it takes me there.


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Apr 22, 2014 09:12 |  #13

My google 'log in' still worked when I returned to the site with auto login enabled. However once logging out I was unable to access my old account again.

Given that they were able to screw this up for a paid account, not a free one, I'm less than impressed with Flickr and Yahoo. I haven't been updating my flickr lately but resyncing things has been on my todo list.

Google login worked. I have no desire to use Yahoo's other services, have no need for another email address, and don't care to memorize an extra account name and password when google login was working fine. At this point I think I'm more likely to explore building my own site from scratch instead of continuing on with Flickr.


If you're not already using Flickr, I wouldn't suggest setting it up. They're inconsistent, proving themselves to be unreliable, and becoming increasingly useless.


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Apr 22, 2014 09:37 |  #14

I used it alot. I don't really like the new interface, but it's a free TB of space. I remember being only able to have 200 photos unless you had a pro account.


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Apr 22, 2014 11:35 |  #15

Immaculens wrote in post #16851344 (external link)
The Flickr dilemma...
Flickr says we now need to sign in with a Yahoo account (no more google or FB sign-in)...

News to those who don't know, Yahoo acquired Flickr long time ago. Flickr is Yahoo and Yahoo is Flickr. If you sign in to Flickr, you are using Yahoo ID. Don't believe me? Go to Flickr.com and click sign in. You'll get redirected to Yahoo sign in page. I never sign in with FB or Google accounts but the link (Sign in with FB or Google) is still there so I guess you can still sign in to Flickr with your FB/Google ID.

Immaculens wrote in post #16851344 (external link)
I'm just at a personal limit of giving out my info to the who business world... Google and FB having my info is bad enough...

So you always give out your REAL name, date of birth to whoever asks for the info? Who says you have to do that? None of my date of birth is real on Yahoo, Hotmail, FB, Google and even on this site (if it's required). Those online accounts that have no business to get my real info will never get my real info.

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I signed in with Google ID and prompted to create Yahoo account. You're correct. Users now need Yahoo ID to sign in.




  
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