Is Flickr Losing To Facebook, Tumblr And Instagram?

Is Flickr Losing To Facebook, Tumblr And Instagram?

With the rise of other photo sharing websites such as Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram, it seems that Flickr might be losing its appeal. According to Nick Douglas at Slacktory, 'Flickr is dying' and he has a graph to prove it.

Yi Chen
  • 19 august 2011

Flickr launched in 2004 and has been a great website to upload, share and browse thousands of photos. However, with the rise of other photo sharing websites such as Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram, it seems that Flickr might be losing its appeal. According to Nick Douglas at Slacktory, ‘Flickr is dying.’

Nick measured Flickr’s popularity by the number of photos tagged with popular events like Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Spring, Burning Man and so on. He plotted the numbers on a graph spanning from 1998 to 2011 and the aggregated data showed that overall uploads on Flickr have been declining since 2008. There were over 109,500 Christmas-tagged photos in 2008, but for 2010, there were only 90,523.

Now, by no means is Nick’s research accurate or in-depth, but it’s an interesting piece of information. Maybe users are finding it more convenient or useful to share their photos on other sites.



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