Nishtha KanalFeb 11, 2014 13:20:53 IST
Not just Facebook, yet another service has just turned 10 this year: photo sharing service Flickr. The service burst upon the scene back in 2004 and has had its fair share of ups and downs in the past decade or so.
Despite the constant pressure and competition from the likes of 500px, Photobucket and more, Flickr is arguably one of the prime web real estates to display high-resolution photographs. “Today we’re excited to celebrate Flickr’s 10th birthday with you! It has been an exciting decade and it’s because of the amazing community you created that Flickr has become what it is today,” the Flickr team wrote on its blog to commemorate its anniversary.
To mark the occasion, Flickr also released a video that’s made up of user shared images from over the years. The service shared some vital information about user statistics on the site too. There are currently 2 million groups sharing 1 million photos on Flickr everyday.
Stewart Butterfiled, Co-Founder of Flickr wrote, “It’s exciting for me to celebrate Flickr’s birthday! When we dreamed this photo site 10 years ago, we couldn’t have imagined the impact it would have on digital photo sharing and the way it would connect people worldwide. I am proud of Flickr and excited for what’s ahead.”
Butterfield and his colleague Caterina Fake founded Flickr under Ludicrop, the company which was acquired by Yahoo! back in 2005 for around $35 million. Under Yahoo! Flickr has undergone a sea of change, with upgrades, design changes and more features coming up for users.
Most importantly, a huge update came to Flickr back in May last year. Yahoo! announced a complete revamp of the website as well as a free one terabyte of storage space for users. With Instagram-like large images and text taking a backseat, Yahoo! transformed Flickr into a real photo-oriented website. The company even did away completely with Flickr Pro accounts since it was now offering such a large amount of space to each user.
To mark the 10th birthday of the website, Flickr has announced that it will be celebrating with contests and events around the world, all year round. First up, it is inviting users to send in their 10 favourite pictures of the last 10 years in the #Flickr10 group. It will then share selected photos on its Facebook and Twitter channels.
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