Ten years old is an excellent age. You’re old enough to enjoy independent thought, but not quite old enough to start taking responsibility for your actions. In the world of social media, where networks fade into obscurity after a few years of robust health, ten years feels like an eternity. (We’re looking at you, Tom.)
In the age of decade-long domination, Facebook is all anyone can talk about these days. We reminisce about our first time entering this strange new world of digital connections, using only our wits and our .edu email addresses. Facebook gave us some fun ways to celebrate: did you download Paper, Facebook’s headline-friendly app and birthday gift to the world? How many Year in Review videos have you watched this week? (Did you watch Tom’s?)
There’s another program that reached this aluminum anniversary, one that has blasted through the ranks of obscurity and back into the public consciousness. Flickr, the photostreaming service, reached its tenth birthday on February 10th, 2014. If you haven’t used the site since its early years, you may be surprised to learn that it is no longer just blurry pictures of family reunions and “artsy” pictures of feet. It’s crowd-friendly, mobile, and home to one of the largest forums of free-use photos.
Here are five ways that you can revel in Flickr’s recent revival and learn more about what this oldie-but-goodie has to offer:
1. Upload. Every Flickr user now has 1 terabyte of free space and a content-friendly platform, so go nuts! Flickr also unveiled apps for both iPhone and Android for on-the-go use.
2. Download. Clip art is so ten-years-ago. Flickr is home to a Creative Commons collection. Users release their photos under a Creative Commons’ license, allowing others to use their work for non-commercial purposes. Download beautiful photos for your presentations and blog posts.
3. Locate. Have you done a lot of traveling? Users now have the ability to provide a location for their photos, populating a map with pins to show your collection’s trajectory. Check out the Library of Congress’ photo map for their online archival collection.
4. Gasp. Whether they are from professionals, amateurs, or iPhones, Flickr houses some breathtaking photos. Check out their 100 Best photostream for their most inspiring images.
A decade of living is a great place to be, particularly for social media. Here’s to ten more, Flickr!