Chris joins Leo for the last time in 2019 to talk about Flickr, which he calls the original social network for photography. But it's been a rough road for Flickr in the last few years, after an unlimited uploading scheme, Yahoo being bought by Verizon. And finally, SmugMug now owns them. Chris says that SmugMug is really the best platform for Flickr because it's all about photography. So Flickr is back to its original purpose. Sadly though, SmugMug has started pushing the pro tier aggressively, and that's a bad sign.
Steve is amazed at how GPS mapping apps can know what the best and fastest route is. Leo says that WAZE is crowd sourced, so it gets real time traffic data from Waze users themselves, and it can work to route you around it.
Steve is also a photographer and wants to know what are good online sources to share and get feedback. Leo says that while it has changed recently, Flickr is a good place to post for community input.
Chris Marquardt goes over a few submissions from the recent photo assignment, where photographers take a picture from an "ant's perspective". The new assignment is to take a photo of an apple. Not the tech company, but a real fruity apple!
Chris recently had one of his photos show up on Flickr Explore, and he got over 49,000 views in one day. It's a search algorithm that has a few conditions - 1) It has to have a lot of views, 2) the image has to be of a minimum size or above 3) Pro users are more likely to get highlighted 4) The more active you are on Flickr, the more likely your image will get chosen. On the other hand, the more groups your photo is featured in, the less likely it'll be featured. 5) Avoid Watermarks.
Roger needs to be able to post and share photos with an exclusive group of people. What's a good option for that online? Leo says a shared album is ideal. Google Photos is a great option for that. Facebook works if everyone is a Facebook member, but not everyone is or wants to be. Most people have Gmail, which means they have a Google Photos account by default. For pay, SmugMug is a good option.
Chris says that Flickr used to be a great photo community of photographers, by photographers. But then Yahoo started with the free 1TB and it was simply unsustainable. Eventually, it was sold to Verizon, and then to SmugMug.
Mary heard that Yahoo's new owner, Verizon, can read her email. Is that true? Leo says yes. It can read your email, photos, files, etc. in order to do facial recognition, offer targeted ads, etc. Leo says that Verizon's never been big on privacy. So it's not a surprise. Worse, they'll also be looking into other personal information. So you have to think about whether you want to agree to that or go with an alternative. Leo recommends Google.
Alan got a new PC and he's trying to copy all his images over to it with an external hard drive. How can he back up his images to the cloud without getting duplicates? And how can he delete extra copies of his images? Leo says that there are some good "deduplication" apps that will work. But he'll run the risk of eliminating an image that is close to another but slightly different.
Mark is looking for an alternative to Facebook. Leo says that he's quit Facebook once and he thinks they're very manipulative in how they manage his feed. So he understands why he would want to leave. He's also noticed that the more time he spends on social media, the worse he feels. It's a time suck. For photo sharing, Flickr is a good site, as is 500PX.com is another. Instagram has a lot of the best of Facebook, but it's owned by Facebook. Think of it as "Facebook lite."