Flickr

November 5th, 2018 / 4:08 AM

After twelve years of love, the old flame still keeps burning. The sting of nostalgia and everything associated with it is always hard to give up. Like an old city where a person has lived keeps calling him. Again. And again. And yet again. The old city of Flickr.

I still remember the time when sharing a picture was more of a problem. in fact it was as bigger problem as taking a picture and transferring it to your computer was. that is why more genius people started thinking of a cure and came up with a wonderful service called Flickr. The solution was remarkable but the only shortcoming that I faced with it was the number of images that I could share with someone else was limited to 200. But even that did not stop me from uploading the images as I knew that all the images were safe. At least I intended to get a paid subscription in the later years when I can happily enjoy all the pictures that I have uploaded to the service. There are many detailed articles on the Internet that talk about how Yahoo purchased vehicle and then destroyed it eventually selling it to Verizon after a data breach. But even Verizon could not contain the fallout and the fiasco led to people leaving Flickr. The love for photography has not died, at least not yet. That's the reason why I was hopeful when Smugmug bought Flickr in 2018. They have recently paid attention to all those free hoarders which we can find on almost any community and any service who are there only to pollute the beautiful walled gardens. Just look at what they have done to the Facebook Twitter and Instagram. These were really good places just like mountain towns. Now the crowd has destroyed them. The same crowd found free enterprise grade storage of 1 Terabyte on Flickr. They were the people who were least bothered about community interactions in photography. They just wanted place where they can store their photographs and delete them from the computer and save some space. I remember once a property broker came to the hospital. When I asked him where he himself lived, he told of an average neighborhood just to keep him low profile from all the extortionists. A colleague added “why is that posh town so expensive?” The broker replied, “The taps don’t push out milk in that area. The price exists just to keep the filthy poor out.” To this day I remember his ideology. Free is what made Facebook filthy, Android filthy, Twitter filthy, Instagram filthy. You will never find Bahria Town filthy, DHA filthy, Cantonment filthy etc. Flickr was a great. Then the free-minded settlers moved in. This recent price tag push will kick them out just to let those who care about photos stay.

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I think it is a good move in the long run and technology giants like Google or Amazon or Facebook or Microsoft should introduce some bundled service which packs some services under one roof. I would be a lot happy if there existed any such a service that has a section for all the tweet-like statuses being streamed and a blog section for longer blog-posts, a photo drive where all photographs one has ever taken are saved (in their original quality) along those cherished screenshots and a video drive where all the videos are safely backed up. Those who care about their data would happily and instantly move to this amazing town. The service would be more ideal if a personal domain can be linked to it. It is very possible. And eventually someone is going to make this service a reality.

Flickr may start looking like a posh neighborhood in future. But that is what I fear too. I seek peace and harmony which sadly is destroyed by free hoarders. My DNA has so much dust collected from the air and lands of Saddar Town and Walton Colony that I might leave the big mansion of a posh neighborhood when everyone else falls asleep, sneak out, take a rickshaw to that old part of the city and sneak into my old home and fall to a peaceful sleep on the cold concrete floor.

Aamir Bilal

 (Zafar Gorakhpuri)

(Zafar Gorakhpuri)