Flickr vs Instagram
Flickr vs Instagram

When I ask my cycling buddies to post group ride photos to our team Flickr pool, they complain that Flickr isn’t user friendly, it’s to hard, yada yada yada.  Yeah, Flickr could definitely use some UX love.  But then they start comparing Flickr to Instagram.  OK, maybe you have a Facebook account and like to waste inordinate amounts of time on social media.  Good for you.  But as a photo sharing resource?  Instagram downsizes and degrades your images.  Flickr provide a platform for posting high resolution images.  And unlike Facebook they don’t claim ownership rights over all your content.  Honestly there is no comparison.  So, to my cycling buddies, go knock yourselves out with whatever works for you.  Everything has it’s uses, just bear in mind the differences.



-Instagram is owned by Facebook.  Facebook owns anything you post according to the terms of their services agreement.  They are free to use and sell whatever you post.

-Flickr is owned by Yahoo.  Posting your images on Flickr does not grant Yahoo any rights over your images.


Published by Fuad Kamal

Principal & lead architect of Anaara, Fuad develops enterprise native iOS applications for companies such as First Data & major telecom companies. He also mentors iOS & Swift for Thinkful. If you've been to any major airport in the world recently you've stared at his work - those flight arrival/departure screens are part of the Flight Information Display System (FIDS), whose interface he developed back in the day in Flash 7. In his spare time he enjoys martial arts, cycling, and photography. On rare occasion he will write poetry and work on post production for films.

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