More for Your (No) Money

For several months, I’ve thought it was odd that YouTube and Blip.tv let users upload an unlimited number of videos for free, and just put a 100 megabyte limit on each video, while Flickr has a 20 megabyte per month limit on its free service (more than that costs extra.)

Clearly, Flickr was operating more like a traditional business, offering a low level of free service, but then charging for heavy users, whereas YouTube was giving it all away all the time to generate maximum traffic. So, I was working around it by taking screen shots of my photo files (such as those of my daughter’s wedding below), and then uploading them to Flickr, reducing the file sizes by 90 percent or so. And since I was only using Flickr for blogging, I didn’t need the super high resolution.

So, when I was uploading some full-size photos earlier this month, I was shocked to see that after uploading several pictures I had used only 6% of my montly allotment…which led me to see the limit had been raised to 100 megabytes.

So, now Flickr is an even better value: instead of 20 megabytes for nothing, you get 100 megabytes. That’s a lot more for your (no) money.

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Author: Lee Aase

Husband of one, father of six, grandfather of 13. Chancellor Emeritus, SMUG. By day I'm the Director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. Whatever I say here is my personal opinion, and doesn't reflect the positions of my employer.

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