Beginner's Guide To What Is Flickr And How It Works

Are you wondering what is Flickr? Don’t worry we will tell you in great detail also how it works.

Before Instagram comes, we had Flickr. Now many people also have Flickr because there is something which is not provided by other social media.

What is Flickr?

Flickr is an American popular image-hosting and video-hosting platform and hosting service with advanced and powerful features. It’s also a social network where users create a free account and upload their own photos (and videos) to share with friends and followers online. There is also a pro service where you can get unlimited storage and making it one of the cheapest hosting sites around (more on that later).

Flickr was founded in Canada and created by Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake. It has headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S. It was launched on February 10, 2004.

Flickr Architecture| Presentation
Flickr Architecture| Presentation

Flickr Business Model

Key Partners

Flickr’s key partners are Yahoo parent company and owner, the community also in Mobile platforms (iOS, Android), PlayStation Vita, and Technology Providers.

Key Activities

There are many activities on Flickr like Product Roadmap, Design, IT architecture, Deployments, Platform Management, Operations, Maintenance, Access Control, Interaction and,  compatibility, Customer Support, Community, Marketing finally Sales and Legal.

Value Prepositions

In this segment,  Flickr gives value prepositions like Find your inspiration, Free basic photo sharing, Premium photo sharing.

Customer Relationships

Flickr provides an Online community, Mass customized, Groups, Social and a photo can be flagged as public or private.

Customer Segments

It includes casual users, Advertisers and Developers.

Channels

It includes channel like Flickr.com, Yahoo.com, App marketplaces, Android, iOS and APIs.

Features on Flickr

Like any other media platform, Flickr has its own details that are very important to understand should you navigate the site with comfort.

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1.Profile

Just like almost all the people have their profile on Facebook/Instagram like that we can create our profile in profile on Flickr.

2.Galleries

We can think of galleries like that we have our “photo albums” on Facebook. The key difference between Facebook albums and Flickr’s galleries is that we can add other users’ media to our gallery.

Let’s take an example, suppose you like a certain photographer and you want to showcase the work in your galleries. you can do so by adding them to your gallery.

3.Photostream

Your photostream is a collection of media files that solely belongs to you. We can relate this to Facebook. In, Facebook we have two options we can decide either we show our media files to public or private, the same thing done in Flickr also. If you choose public then others can come to your profile and see what you have uploaded. But if you choose private then only you and those you have permitted will be able to view your content.

4.Albums

One interesting feature of Flickr is the ability to organize photos through albums. This is easy for people who come to your profile and understand the specific album’s photo.

This feature also a great organization tool for users to understand that media isn’t jumbled up or appearing in random places. Professional photographers use this feature most effective way such that they create specific albums for each client.

5.Faves

When you pursue Flickr you will come across an image that you will want to save it later for a redesign that photo or just to continue looking at. When you “star” or favorite a photo on Flickr, it automatically appears in the “Faves” tab on your profile.

6.People

It is very much fun when you have many friends and also on Flickr.

And you can connect many people on this site, as you can connect on other social media platforms. You can add people directly through Flickr, whose profiles shown in your Follower/Following count on your profile.

7.Stats

Engagement is key on any media platform. Flickr offers statistics to who is viewing your content, and how they found you. This is very much useful who are just starting and wish you to grow their following/brand.

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Tagging and Organizing

Once you have uploaded a photo on Flickr you don’t need to rely on articles like any other platforms. Instead, you use tags to categorize and search for photos. People often tag pictures with names, locations, event descriptions, and theme, for example: "Mountain," "Everest," "Cold," and "Vacation."

There are several ways to tag pictures, either one at a time or in batches. On any given picture, click the code and add a tag option on the right-hand side. Flickr lets you add up to 75 tags to each picture.

Advanced Tagging

To tag multiple photos, you can use Flickr's batch editor. Go to a set (album), click the Edit button, then Batch operations>Batch edit>Add tags.

Geotagging

Geotagging is a special process by which you can tag photos with the location. To Geotag any photo click on “Place this photo on a map”, under the additional information box on the right-hand side of the paragraph. The easiest way to add a location on a photo is to search the location in the top right-hand corner. If you did not find the location then search on Google and paste the location in the search box.

Sets

There are few ways to create a set on Flickr. The easiest way to create a set is to Add to set button on the top of any photo. Then automatically Flickr dropdown the list of other sets that if you created along with an option to create a new set. You can name the set also you can describe that set finally you are done.

If you add multiple photos on the set, click the Organize button on the top menu on any page on Flickr, then select “ Your set’s and collections”. Now pick any sets whatever you want and add to that or you can create a new one also.

One thing to note that as a free member you can only add up to 3 photos but as a pro member you can have unlimited photos.

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Collections

Flickr provided this feature with very interesting functions. In this feature, you can add multiple sets to one collection. This feature will be very much handy if anyone went on vacation and travel to many locations then keep this to a different set with one collection.

Basic Flickr Information Model
Basic Flickr Information Model

Sharing

‘Share your photos. Watch the world’ is the motto featured on Flickr, currently the world’s largest photo-sharing website. Flickr is all about sharing. The reason to add tagging and other features is that other people can find and make use of those photos. You can share on various sites like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can watch the video below:

How to Share Photos Using Flickr

Free Flickr vs Pro Flickr

Free Pro
upload limit 100 MB Unlimited uploads
only 3 sets unlimited sets
cannot access the full version of photos have access option
No Discounts Partner Discounts
Add Add-Free browsing
stats Advanced stats
Premier Product Support
More partner Discounts
Advanced Stats on Mobile
Increased Exposure
New 6K Photo Display Option
10-Minute Videos

Tips for Beginner get the most from Flickr:

  • Choose your photos carefully before you upload
  • Resize and compress the photos before you upload
  • Make friends. Join groups. Add tags to photos
  • Subscribe to your photo's comment feed
  • proactively choose privacy settings on your photos
  • Check out the blog of Flickr
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