Flickr-ing of memories
September 10, 2009
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I had come to Pune in 2006 & since then have taken umpteen pictures. Many ppl whine as they think I take too many pictures, well something happened that proves that this “annoying“ habit is like a good investment. It provides rich dividend in the future .
I used “Yahoo! Photos“ to store/share my photos, as I had no physical media storage[apart from my phone. It was the only multimedia device we had then & it held pics, music & vids, hence space constraints]. Unfortunately Y!Photos became integrated with ”Flickr” & all photos were automatically transferred to it. At that time I was given a Pro account, free of charge. Unfortunately [again] that was for a period of 1 yr. which soon ended, resulting in my account being downgraded. To go Pro again I would have to pay their subscription fee. This was obviously out of question for a stingy kanjoos like me…& besides I wasn’t [& still am not] a hotshot photographer so I didn’t NEED a Pro account, just wanted somewhere to store my pictures. Being downgraded brought with it the limitations…100MB upload per month only, 2 vids per month ,[& the biggie] only 200 photos will be shown at anytime.
Well I sure had uploaded more than 200 to Y!Photos, so when the [for the lack of a better word] “lease” expired many of my photos had been hidden. I stopped using Flickr due to this, moving on to other services [google, fileden]. Soon “Out of sight, out of mind” syndrome kicked in & I forgot what all I had uploaded & what had been hidden. Until yesterday that is…. 🙂
I know that Flickr does inform you that your photos are being hidden, but its the way its actually done that created problems. I had created “Sets” to organise the pics, what Flickr did was show my sets but with some pics missing. Now how was I to know some photos were missing? I used to think that I had probably uploaded the missing pics somewhere else & forgotten [nothing new…my absent mindedness is legendary], not uploaded or lost it on the DVD I had made just before moving out of the Hostel[DVD’s are SO unreliable :(].
Well yesterday I decided to download all online pics & make a backup, now that I have a lappy & an ext. HD etc. You can imagine my surprise when deleting the downloaded pics the made more appear!. [It took me some time to realize what was happening, ended up losing some pics.] These were photos of which I hardly had any recollection, or given up as lost. And here they were!!
Looking through them was was fun, showing them to my roommates brought back old memories…many of them had us in splits :). I can see how all the pictures I have taken will make us all reminisce later in our life. Old friends….funny incidents…crazypana
I guess I should thank Flickr…its like it gave me a surprise gift !! [though I am still not subscribing 🙂 ]