I have been playing with the idea of letting Flickr hold the images I post to this site. While I am not too comfortable having the images on a third party server, they do have some amazing features, and let’s not forget the enormous user base.
For the past couple of weeks I have really started to get into the Flickr way of things. I resisted for years, but I finally cracked and gave it a fair shot — and I love it. You probably knew all this before I did, but there is one thing Flickr does that makes me doubt having my pictures on their servers. It is the fact that if you do not have a pro account, only your last 200 pictures will be visible in your photo-stream.
I get that there should be benefits of having a pro account, and there are lots of them; statistics, unlimited upload, HD video and other goodies. The thing that worries me about limiting visible photos is that they are in fact messing with my content and not just the extra features.
I do of course have all master images on my own computer, and all images posted to either Flickr or my website are only low resolution versions, so I will never really “lose” any pictures in that regard. It is still a matter of consistency and uniformity on the website, and having external sources control the content is perhaps not always a good idea.