I’ve deleted my flickr account. I had always logged into it with a google ID (that I had to create because they never let me use a hosted domain addy), and I have no record of a yahoo ID. When they decided to require a yahoo ID, I got stuck in a loop where I’d try to change from google to yahoo, and it would tell me I’m already changed over, and then ask me to confirm my (unknown) yahoo ID. I tried calling support but gave up after thirty minutes. Teh interwebz are full of horror stories about people who have spent hours trying to recover their yahoo IDs thanks to this fiasco; given that I’m in a different country with a different phone number I believe I wouldn’t be able to get it sorted at all, or at least before my subscription was due again.
I hadn’t really used flickr in quite a while, except to share large sets. I found it very difficult to promote my images on flickr; the “Add to Groups” function was quite onerous because the groups listing sucked. If I could have created lists of groups, that would have been useful. But the people who run yahoo are determined to grind flickr to the nub trying to extract ad revenue from it. I wasn’t involved enough with that seen to deal with all the trouble they’re putting their users through.
The reason I used flickr for large sets is because WordPress’s media uploader blows. Thankfully, I put the right words together for google and found a plugin that allows me to insert photos from the server into the WordPress database. This makes uploading images to my site as easy as it was uploading to flicker; I just have to FTP the images to my server in a new directory, then tell WordPress to import the new directory. Very Nice. I spent a couple of hours getting the resize renderings aligned between WordPress’s settings and the slideshow’s settings; now that that’s sorted I’m all set to run the site totally off of WP.
I’ll be going through my older posts in the next few days to remove the links to flickr and add the images locally.