PROS / Flickr and mobile go together like salt and pepper. The smooth, scrolling interface and upload options abound for mobile users.
CONS / Unless you loathe ads and need SEO tools, the ad-free subscription is unnecessarily pricey.
VERDICT / You can join active communities of photographers and store a massive amount of images and video with the 1TB of free storage.
Camera phones have come a long way and now, mobile media is a staple in daily life. Just like the camera phone, photo sharing services have evolved a knack for connectivity and convenience. The winner of our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award is optimized for all things mobile. From the site's endless scrolling design to the app garden, Flickr works best with mobile devices and field photography.
Sharing & Storage
Paid and free Flickr users get one terabyte of space, enough for 2 million 500KB of photos. It takes a long time to use that much space, but it helps that the maximum file size for
images is 200MB and 1GB for video. With uploading and storage power like this, it makes sense that Flickr has one of the fastest upload times compared to the other products we
reviewed at 15 seconds for 20 photos worth 65MB total.
You can also upload photos from the iPhone or Android apps. Tasks like uploading require a click-and-drag motion, which makes working without a mouse or large screen easier. Whether you're organizing images, exploring photos or searching groups, the endless scrolling format makes it easy to flip through pictures on handheld devices.
Flickr stands at the crossroads between photo sharing and social media sites. You can share your photos with active members in Flickr who share your interests or through other sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Pinterest. The active communities are fertile ground for photographers and photography lovers. If you have a specialty in photography, you can share, comment and join groups of users with the same niche.
Flickr already gives a terabyte of memory to free account users, so subscribing to the service is unnecessary if you're looking for storage room. However, the ad-free program does have its advantages. If you're completely allergic to online ads, this subscription knocks out all ads on the Flickr interface. The ads on Flickr fit into the scrolling tile format of the site and bump down images you could be seeing. The ad-free subscription removes the seams from Flickr's endless scrolling layout for a smoother experience.
The ad-free program also provides you with SEO stats. This section is easy to find and read. You can learn how many people saw your Flickr and where on the internet they found your images. This is a great tool if you're an amateur or beginner photographer and want to see how people find your work. These aren't SEO statistics made for professionals, but you can see basic information about how much traffic your individual photos, albums and stream get daily. It's best to use the information you receive from these metrics for a general idea about how many people see your images.
Flickr has all the important creative standards. The photo editor has correction and filtering tools to add an artistic touch to your images. You can eliminate cosmetic flaws like blemishes or red eye and use filters similar to those in Instagram to change the mood of your photo. You can also create a variety of merchandise through Flickr's partner site, Snapfish. Calendars, cards and prints of all kinds are available from this service.
One of the most innovative tools we came across on Flickr was the App Garden. Here, you can design an app and submit it for other Flickr users to try. The site provides API documentation and kits for a variety of platforms like Python and Java to begin programming. If you're new to designing apps, there's plenty of assistance throughout the site from users and other developers. User groups, forums, guides and blogs on Flickr help you move through the programming process. Once you finish programming, you can upload your app to the App Garden and let other Flickr users try it. Others can dish up feedback and discussion about your work in the comment section of the App Garden.
Help & Support
Support from Flickr isn't outstanding, but there are still channels for help. This photo sharing site is all about community. Support from Flickr can be tricky because most of the help methods run through Yahoo.com, Flickr's parent company. The help forums are a good place to go if you want to start a discussion or ask a question not found in the Yahoo FAQs. The FAQs section covers the basics of the photo sharing site. You can find basic information about organizing and viewing your photos, setting your preferences and printing merchandise.
If you find yourself attached to your mobile device, Flickr is a good option. This photo sharing site is optimized for endless, mouse-free scrolling on a tablet or smartphone. You can upload your images through the official Flickr app or create an app of your own. The best parts about Flickr like the communities and massive storage space are free. So the ad-free subscription won't be necessary unless you want to rid your interface of ads or use SEO metrics.