I just got my bill for Flickr. Â $25 for the next year of use. Â $50 for the next two. Â Staring down the barrel of a holiday season in the biggest economic SNAFU since the 20’s, I’m wondering what $50 for the next two years gets me.
Do you know what features they came out with in the time since IÂ last paid them $50? Â Let’s review:
- A redesigned homepage (October 2008)
- Video (April 2008)
- Stats (December 2007)
- Place Pages (November 2007)
- New Slideshow, a Way to Filter Awfulness (May 2007)
- Collections (March 2007)
- Group Improvements (February 2007)
- Crappy mobile site (November 2006)
- Geotagging (August 2006)
Some of that stuff is great (geotagging was fun but tiresome, video was pretty cool but uploader could be better). Â Some of it was garbage (mobile THIS). Â And a lot of it I just don’t use (looking at you, place pages and stats). Â The least inspiring of these was the redesigned homepage which I don’t think works that much better than the original.
My biggest gripe, though? Â I can’t customize how I want my photos displayed. Â Meaning my most interesting photos seem to fall off the homepage, and my wife’s eBay product photos are right up front. Â Lame.
Turns out, WordPress launched this thing called the Media Library which I just realized isn’t half bad. Â They also let me password protect my posts so I can hide photos that I don’t want so public outside of friends and family. Their momentum is awesome, and there’s this plugin that’s not half bad, too. Â And, besides, we’re already paying $100/year for our web hosting — why not make good use of it?
So, we’re going a different direction and posting our photos here. Â Contents may shift as we move them out from Flickr. Â Most of our stuff will be public, but I’ll be posting some family shots that we’ll want to keep more private. Â Just email me if you’d like the password for the photos.