Basically everything has been said but not by everybody. So here’s me.
Flickr – remember Flickr? – is in the news again because the new owners decided that they would quit the (honestly insane) policy to let everybody just upload everything with abandon and restrict the free account to 1000 photos. This triggered a lot of discussion – MetaFilter is on it, obviously.
The only thing that is worrying me is the deletion of old photos – links will die away, embedded images will vanish. Tears in the rain. But they seem to be working with creative commons to at least rescue the photos which are in the commons.
Unrelated to this announcement I’ve been thinking about alternatives to Flickr – I’ve been half-heartedly indieweb-ifying my blog for quite a while and I have sort-of plans to write my own indieweb-first CMS and just like Marc I intend to follow the own-your-data premise and move the (good god) almost 7000 photos from Flickr to my own site. All I need to do is think of a way to properly move all the metadata with it. Fun! Until then I’ll happily stay at Flickr, though – I’ve had a pro account ever since there were pro accounts and the current billing cycle won’t be over until some time late next year, so I still have some time to think about it.