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What is Flickr?

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Flickr at a Glance

Flickr is one of the great photo sharing websites which comes with a bundle of features. It is a great service for storing digital photos and it gives impressive 1 TB of free storage.

Users create a free account and upload their own photos and videos to share with friends and followers online.

What sets Flickr apart from other popular photo sharing apps like Facebook and Instagram is that it’s truly a photo-centric platform built for professional photographers and photography enthusiasts to show off their work while enjoying the work of others.

It’s more focused on the art of photography than any other major social network out there. Think of it as Instagram for professional photographers.

Flickr’s Most Notable Features

When you sign up for your Flickr account and start exploring the photo-sharing platform, make sure you check out the following features. These features set Flickr apart and make it so different from other services.

  • Profile: Just like any other social network, you get a profile on Flickr where you can upload a user photo and write a brief bio. You can also showcase up to 25 of your favorite photos and collect testimonials from users who are fans of your work.
  • Photostream: Your photostream is your very own public portfolio of photos. Any uploads you set to be publicly viewable will appear in this section.
  • Albums: To keep your photo collections nice and neat, organize them into albums. You can share entire albums with friends.
  • Faves: Beneath every photo shared on Flickr has a start button that you can click to favorite that photo. It is one of the great way to bookmark photos you want to come back to later by accessing your Faves tab.
  • Galleries: Galleries are different from albums. They allow you to publicly showcase other users’ photos. You can add up to 50 photos or videos to a gallery.
  • Groups: Groups are based around a central topic or idea and allow users to freely join. Members of a group can share their photos and participate in group discussions.
  • Stats: You can see exactly how other users are finding and viewing your photos on Flickr by accessing your stats. You’ll get to see graphs and charts representing your source breakdown, recent views and top views.
  • Recent Activity: Get a glimpse of all the recent interactions you’ve received on your photos, like faves and comments, by looking at your recent activity. You can also filter your activity to see activity on just your photos, replies to your comments, messages or a custom view.
  • People: Flickr is better with friends. You can import your contact lists from Facebook, Yahoo! or Gmail to see who’s already on Flickr so you can connect with them.
  • Organize: You can use Flickr’s unique Organizer tool to edit your photos and arrange them just the way you want.

Engaging With the Flickr Community

The more you get involved in Flickr’s community, the greater your chance of getting more exposure for your photos and discovering the work of others. Besides faving other users’ photos, creating galleries, joining groups and following people, you can enhance your social experience on Flickr by doing the following:

  • Include a good description with each photo. Tell viewers what your photo is all about, what inspired you, where it was taken or any other details that matter.
  • Tag your photos. Adding keyword tags will increase your chances of your photo showing up in search results.
  • Reply to comments. Even a friendly “thank you” is encouraged!
  • Leave comments on other users’ photos. If you find a photo that you like, leave a comment to say what you like about it. Better yet, ask a question to encourage a reply from the owner!

How to Sign Up for Flickr

Flickr is owned by Yahoo!, so if you already have an existing Yahoo! email address, you can use that (along with your password) to sign up for a Flickr account.

If you don’t have one, you’ll be asked to create one during the sign-up process, which will only require your full name, current email address, password and birth date.

You can sign up on the web at or on the free mobile app. It’s available for both iOS and Android devices.

Flickr vs. Flickr Pro

A Free Flickr account gets you 1,000 GB of storage, all of Flickr’s powerful photo editing tools and smart photo management. If you upgrade to a pro account, however, you’ll get access to advanced stats, an ad-free browsing and sharing experience and use of Flickr’s Desktop Auto-Uploadr tool.

Most users only need a free account, but if you do decide to go pro, it’s still very affordable. A pro account will only cost you (as of this writing) $5.99 a month or $49.99 a year.

253+ Reviews & Counting

Kip Roof testimonial Kip Roofgoogle photos flickr
PicBackMan does exactly what it's supposed to. It's quick and efficient. It runs unobtrusively in the background and has done an excellent job of uploading more than 300GB of photos to 2 different services. After having lost a lot of personal memories to a hard drive crash, it's nice to know that my photos are safe in 2 different places.
Julia Alyea Farella testimonialJulia Alyea Farella smugmug
LOVE this program! Works better than ANY other program out there that I have found to upload thousands of pictures WITH SUB-FOLDERS to SmugMug! Thank you so much for what you do! :) #happycustomer
Pausing Motion testimonialPausingMotionsmugmug
I pointed PicBackMan at a directory structure, and next time I looked - all the photos had uploaded! Pretty cool. I use SmugMug and while I really like it, the process of creating directories in is pretty laborious when you need to make 80+ at a time. This was a breeze. Thank you!
Gavin Whitham testimonialGavin Whithamflickr
PicBackMan was really easy to setup and has been running for 3 days now backing up all my locally saved photos to Flickr. My photos are really valuable to me so it's great to be able to have them easily backed up to a secure location.
 Jim Griffin testimonialJim Griffinsmugmug
It's AWESOME!! I have tens of thousands of pictures...and they are now successfully uploaded to SmugMug, where they are safely backed up, and I can edit and organize them. If you are hesitating about using PicBackMan, hesitate no longer...try it...and you'll be glad you did!!
Robert testimonialRobertonedrive
I started with the basic plan, went to premium and now on their platinum plan and it's more than worth the price for me. PicBackMan has saved me many tedious hours of effort moving many files between my various cloud and photo site services and my local computers.
Pausing Motion testimonialVladdropbox
I am very satisfied and surprised at the same time with Pic BackMan. The service is very good and useful. I used it to transfer my photos from Dropbox to my Flickr accound. I highly recomment it.
Dave testimonialDavesmugmug
PicBackMan was an answer to many a prayer. How can I get this MASSIVE collection of photos onto a service that cripples uploading? PicBackMan. I uploaded approximately 85,000 photos in less than a month. It would have taken me close to a year to get all of those photos where they needed to go. Nothing short of brilliant.
Barry Graham testimonialBarry Grahamflickr
Great tool for enduring your photos are always safely backed up. I backed up tens of thousands of photos and dozens of videos to Flickr in my 1st couple of months using PicBackMan. Would unreservedly recommend as it works seamlessly and copies your photos to Flickr in sets which reflect your folders.
Achal Gupta testimonialAchal Guptaflickr
This is a fantastic piece of software! I wanted to backup 100+ gigs worth of original sized photos to Flickr and after trying many many tools, PickBacMan was the one that finally worked. It worked flawlessly for 10 straight days uploading all my photos without a single error/ timeout/ crash. Absolutely amazing! I didn't try the other premium features but the ability to replicate stuff across multiple...