Flickr agrees to be acquired by SmugMug

Indeed. And they’re ever so anxious for everyone to hear about it.

They emailed eight times to tell me:

Don’t worry, they say:

SmugMug has a long history of empowering people who love photography and who want to improve their craft, making them a perfect fit for Flickr and our creative community. With SmugMug, we’ll continue to focus on you, the Flickr members who inspire us all with your work.

I like being focussed on.

Nothing will change immediately with regard to your Flickr account. You will still access Flickr with your current login credentials and you will have the same Flickr experience as you do now. We will continue to work to make your Flickr experience even better.

It all sounds great, but there is one fly in the metaphorical ointment – it’s this line:

We think you are going to love Flickr under SmugMug ownership, but you can choose to not have your Flickr account and data transferred to SmugMug until May 25, 2018. If you want to keep your Flickr account and data from being transferred, you must go to your Flickr account to download the photos and videos you want to keep, then delete your account from your Account Settings by May 25, 2018.

So it’s your prerogative, as it should be. But there’s no mention of what happens if you have just paid $50 for a year’s worth of Flickr Pro before this unsolicited change was made. And good luck with being able to download up to one terabyte of photos and videos in 1 month if you live (or happen to be visiting) somewhere with expensive internet (like South Africa) or slow internet (like… er… South Africa) or dodgy internet (like… well, look, you get the picture).

If you do not delete your account by May 25, 2018, your Flickr account and data will transfer to SmugMug and will be governed by SmugMug’s Terms and Privacy Policy.

I haven’t read SmugMug’s Terms and Privacy Policy, but then I’ve been a Flickr user for over 10 years and I don’t think I’ve ever read theirs either. I make the assumption that someone in the know out there is also a member and would have alerted me if I was about to sign over my first born.

No-one likes change, but the internet dislikes it more than most: remember how poor the response was to the big Flickr update back in 2013? I haven’t seen any feedback on this announcement yet, but I’ll be watching with interest.

Flickr has never been the most revolutionary of of websites, but what it does (sharing photos), it’s been doing just fine. From that point of view, I really hope that SmugMug don’t change it too much.

My Instagram

I get quite a few requests for details of my Instagram account, despite it being linked to just over there on the right.

Anyway, here it is, along with a few other of my accounts you might want to follow:

My Instagram
My Flickr
My Twitter
My Facebook
My Youtube

And a couple of my Spotify playlists:

inspired by 6
just another indie/britpop playlist

I look forward to record (no pun intended) numbers of listeners.

 

Please feel free to add me on your social network(s) of choice.
Unless you’ve had enough of me already; in which case, why are you still reading this?

On stats

I reinstated Google Analytics on the blog this week. More out of interest than for any other reason, although it does open the door to potential future advertising and collaboration opportunities at absolutely no cost and very little effort. But it’s mainly just to look at some numbers.

And I do like numbers.

The rudimentary wordpress stats package thing that was automatically active on the blog is ok, but GA does give you so much more information.

And I do like information.

Of course, the numbers and the information mean so much more when you have lots of them to compare with each other. It’s (very) early days and most things that I’ve seen on there have left me completely unsurprised.

Except for one stat, which I had never really considered.

It appears that over the past three days, over 60% of people reading 6000 miles… are doing so on mobile devices. Woah! That’s a lot more than I had thought. I mean, I hadn’t really thought about it a lot, but if I had (and obviously, I have now, retrospectively), I would have thought (and now, as mentioned above, I have thought) it would have been a much smaller percentage than that. Like 10. Or 20.

Fortunately, thanks the genius that is The Guru, this blog is optimised for viewing on whatever size or type of device you choose. Thus, it should be a seamless, fluid, intelligent experience.

It’s just the content that lets it down.

And look, the site looks good to me when I occasionally log in on my mobile device, but if you’re on your phone right now, how is it looking? Please let me know if things aren’t working ok for you (I mean on the blog, not in life generally) (there are professionals who can help you with that kind of thing) (I’m far from professional).

I’m going to review my stats once I’ve got enough data to review, and I might post about it on here if there’s anything worth posting about. In the meantime, in the same sort of vein, I apparently had quite a good day (by my standards) on Flickr yesterday (mainly thanks to this post referencing this post referencing this album, I’d imagine) with almost 7,000 views.

If I could get those sort of numbers on the blog, I could almost retire.

Almost.

Sidebar links update

It came to my attention that the title of my blogroll “What I Read” (just down there on the right) was actually rather inaccurate, given that I wasn’t reading many of the links therein, and hadn’t for some time.

And not just that.

The fact is that I’m reading less and watching more. Call me lazy if you want, but actually for me, there’s just more good content being produced on Youtube than there was before. I’m particularly enjoying learning photography and editing techniques from several experts at the moment, and so I felt that my sidebar needed updating to reflect this change in my reading and viewing habits.

I mean, I could go through the new additions, but given that they’re all right there…

 

Ag, you do the maths.

Fitter, happier…

more productive.

I’ll be honest. I’m not feeling very fit or very happy at the moment. But I have been rather productive today. It started with the realisation that the study was a mess. While I share this room with everyone else in the house (much like the rest of the house, to be honest), I have my own little corner of the study where my laptop, my camera stuff and Florence the Mavic live. My space. Not like the trashy old social media site. I mean it’s actually My Space.

But my little corner was a jumble of wires and gadgets and it was beginning to get me a bit stressed. So, I tidied it up. Not just in a rearranging the clutter kind of way, but in a bold, cable tie-utilising and attaching wires to the wall kind of way. The semi-permanent change kind of way that won’t allow for it to become messy again any time soon.

It looks better. I’m less stressed. Things are where I want them and it looks tidier, neater… more productive.

I’m almost tempted to embark on a digital spring clean while I’m on a roll.