Fickr and Security (or lack thereof)

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With news of Yahoo’s monumental security breach affecting many Flickr users, and the recent concerns over Flickr users copyrighted images being misused across the internet, one has to wonder if the old Flickr Helper adage that if you don’t want your images and information used then you shouldn’t upload them to the internet. While that might be feasible for our images it is not really practical in this day and age to hide yourself away from the internet completely.

If you are concerned about how this security breach at Yahoo affects you at Flickr, I suggest you read this thread in the Flickr Help Forum.

I won’t speak anymore about the security breach, but I did want to add some thoughts on the “jellyfields” copyright infringement issue.

Jellyfields is a third party website that uses content from Flickr for an image database. The issue is not that they use such…

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Pro vs Non Pro

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New statement (see screencap) from staff: Flickr Help Forum Post

profor the winOr really?

Then how this (2016)?

pro vs non-pro accounts

This from a couple of years ago…

pro vs no pro

Flickr expects us to believe that something other than the algorithm is responsible for 2% of the population getting 50% of the Explore slots? The only other thing that seems probable is that Pro users are much more active than the majority of users, which leads to Explore success.

However, is it even plausible that Pro users, which comprise just 2% of Flickr membership, account for 50% of activity on Flickr?

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Old Flickr Functionality

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Here are some workarounds to regain or gain additional Flickr functionality:

Note each of the IDs are specific to the user, group or photopage:

This is the format of a photostream URL
www.flickr.com/photos/userID/
This is the format of a photopage URL
www.flickr.com/photos/userID/photoID/
This is the format of a group pool URL
www.flickr.com/groups/groupID/

Add any of these to the end of a photostream URL:

/player/ (gives the full flash player – no Burn’s effects)
/favorites/ (gives the old faves list with the links to photostreams)
?details=1/ (gives the old thumbnail interface)
/galleries/
/edit-details/ (get right down to editing)
/collections/
/sets/
/map/
/archives/
/creations/
/organize/
/tags/
/activity/

Add any of these to the end of a photopage URL:

/meta/ (gives a page full info on an image including dates and whether the image was replaced)
/sizes/ (all sizes page}
/groups/ (gives a nice list of what groups the image is in)

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Note this!

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Perhaps the title should be not this! Because Flickr has changed the relevant search algorithm to penalise those that use notes to optimise on some terms. So, you still need to optimise the title, description and tag (and often the autotag must be there too); however, the note may need to be deleted or changed to a different word. Users will have to test this for themselves on target terms as the change does not affect all terms/users.

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