Update: Free account limit changes and enforcement start May 1, 2022. (Flickr Blog)

Flickr Blog: Update: Free account limit changes and enforcement start May 1, 2022.. “Last month we announced new limits for free accounts on Flickr to support our mission to create the safest, most inclusive global community for photography enthusiasts. Today we’re rolling up our sleeves and getting started with the hard work of making it happen. We’ll walk through what you can expect in the coming weeks, and offer all the resources we can along the way.”

Input: Flickr deleted, and then undeleted, 5 million archival images

Input: Flickr deleted, and then undeleted, 5 million archival images. “After a Twitter thread by Danish designer Jonas Lönborg brought attention to the heartbreaking erasure, Flickr CEO Don MacAskill responded that Flickr’s recommendation for the Internet Archive to delete the account had been ‘a mistake.’ He explained that the 5 million book images ‘were drowning out the rest of the Commons members’ and announced a new solution: Flickr will restore the account but move it out of the Commons.”

Public Domain Review: 5.2 Million Book Illustrations Deleted from Flickr — Help Get Them Back

Public Domain Review: 5.2 Million Book Illustrations Deleted from Flickr — Help Get Them Back. “Imagine a corner of the internet, free to all, where you could search, browse, and download from an archive of more than 5 million illustrations extracted from public domain books? And more than that, improve metadata by tagging and commenting, and contribute to findability by favouriting and saving images to your own publicly-accessible galleries? This very special space was the Internet Archive Book Images account on Flickr: The Commons. I write was because a couple of weeks ago it was deleted.”

TechCrunch: Flickr is paywalling the ability to upload NSFW photos

TechCrunch: Flickr is paywalling the ability to upload NSFW photos. “Flickr isn’t very good at making money, but as the old adage goes, sex sells. So, in an attempt to draw in more paying subscribers, Flickr changed its content guidelines to only allow Flickr Pro users to post ‘restricted’ or ‘moderate’ content, which includes photos of ‘full-frontal nudity and sexual acts.’” Honestly had no idea that Flickr allowed NSFW content in the first place.

Flickr Blog: Partnering with Black Women Photographers to Further Photography

Flickr Blog: Partnering with Black Women Photographers to Further Photography. “Today, we’re excited to officially announce a new grant in partnership with the Black Women Photographers community. With this grant, we hope to help one photographer that is part of both Black Women Photographers and Flickr further their photography practice. The grant includes funds of $1,200 to be used by the recipient towards furthering their photography practice, a two-year Flickr Pro membership, and a one-year SmugMug Pro membership.”

Flickr Blog: A Look at Nearly Two Decades of Creative Commons Licenses on Flickr

Flickr Blog: A Look at Nearly Two Decades of Creative Commons Licenses on Flickr. “The Creative Commons licenses were added to Flickr in 2004, two years after the nonprofit Creative Commons released its first set of copyright licenses. As of September 2021, nearly two decades after their introduction, Flickr has the honor of being home to more than 500 million Creative Commons licensed works, making Flickr one of the largest repositories of openly licensed works online. Today, as part of the year-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Creative Commons, we’ve compiled some data related to how Flickr members use Creative Commons licenses.”

George III’s maps and views: 32,000 images released on Flickr Commons (British Library)

British Library: George III’s maps and views: 32,000 images released on Flickr Commons. “In October 2020 we released 17,000 images of maps and views from George III’s Topographical Collection on the images-sharing site Flickr Commons, which seems to have kept you busy. Well, from today, you can find an additional 32,000 images, comprising George III’s collection of atlases and albums of views, plans, diagrams, reports and surveys, produced between 1550 and 1820. These have been uploaded to Flickr with a Public Domain attribution for you to search, browse, download, reuse, study and enjoy.”

Flickr Blog: George Oates Returns to Revitalize the Flickr Commons

Flickr Blog: George Oates Returns to Revitalize the Flickr Commons. “I used to work here, at the very beginning when we first switched Flickr on back in the naughties. I created and launched the Commons in 2008, and left at the end of that same year. What a strange, unexpected delight to be asked to return with the express goal of researching what the Commons has become and understanding how cultural institutions around the world have evolved through being a part of it. We want to design a stronger future for the program, with enduring longevity at its heart.”

The Next Web: Check if your photos were used to develop facial recognition systems with this free tool

The Next Web: Check if your photos were used to develop facial recognition systems with this free tool . “The search engine checks whether your photos were included in the datasets by referencing Flickr identifiers such as username and photo ID. It doesn’t use any facial recognition to detect the images. If it finds an exact match, the results are displayed on the screen. The images are then loaded directly from Flickr.com.”

9to5 Google: Google Takeout now lets you select Photos albums for direct Flickr, OneDrive transfer

9to5 Google: Google Takeout now lets you select Photos albums for direct Flickr, OneDrive transfer. “Google Takeout has long let users export and download local copies of their data. With the Data Transfer Project, Google made it so that you could directly move an image library to a third-party service. Google Takeout now lets you select specific Photos albums to transfer.”

Canadian Manufacturing: The next invasion of insect pests will be discovered via social media

Canadian Manufacturing: The next invasion of insect pests will be discovered via social media. “People of all ages are taking to social media to connect with other naturalists. From Whatsthisbug on Reddit (which boasts 245,000 members), to the thousands of active entomologists on Twitter, to the hundreds of groups dedicated to insect identification on Facebook such as Entomology (146,000 members) and Insect Identification (62,000 members), social media are enabling biodiversity conversations. New scientifically unnamed species — from fungi to flowers to insects — are now regularly found via Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.”

GMA News Online: American man collects thousands of antique photos that captured the beauty of old Manila

New-to-me, from GMA News Online: American man collects thousands of antique photos that captured the beauty of old Manila. “A 76-year old American citizen loves the Philippines so much, he has a collection of antique photos that show what the country had been like over the years. Many of the photos immortalized the beauty of old Manila. In an episode of iJuander, John Tewll shared that he has over 12,000 photos in his collection.”

DIY Photography: Why Flickr is a diamond in the rough, and how to make it awesome again

DIY Photography: Why Flickr is a diamond in the rough, and how to make it awesome again. “It was back in 2014 that I set up an account on Flickr. I posted a few images and forgot about the platform. Two years later I returned with a sensation of that this time it would be for good. Flickr is cozy —  it feels like a small town where everyone knows each other. I would love to see that small town grow into a bustling city. Why? Because I have grown fond of the platform, and because I believe it has a ton of potential. What is already great about Flickr and what can be improved? I have a few thoughts.”