flickring out


My Flickr Pro account expires tomorrow. I will not be renewing it. I now host all of my photos (and other stuff) here on my blog. It's not the cost of Flickr Pro, but rather the principle. It doesn't make sense to me, to pay a third party to host photos that I can host myself. I've been a Flickr user since August 2004, but it's time to let it go.

Once the Pro account is deactivated, Flickr only makes the last 200 photos in my photostream available. The other 8,796 items will be taken offline unless I pay to keep my Pro account active. Which I won't be doing. I'd be more than happy to leave the photos there so people could use them, but since they're going to be taken offline by Flickr anyway, I'll be deleting them from the service. I'm not sure why Flickr doesn't just leave them available, since they make money by placing ads on the pages (for non-Pro members, anyway). Whatever. I could continue to pay the $25/year to keep my photos available for use under Creative Commons, but that seems rather silly.

Thanks for the (almost) 8 years and nearly 2 million views, Flickr. It's been fun, but it's time for me to move on.

meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Turns out, it's not possible to just delete nearly 9,000 photos. Looks like the account has to be deleted to do it properly. So be it...