I’ve been a Pro user of Flickr for 10 years but have not felt compelled to upload anything there for years, despite even the most recent redesign. I never visit it, and most of my friends are either not posting/commenting there anymore or are simply not users. The last few years, I’ve kept paying as a backup of sorts but will not renew my subscription come March.
These days, I take most of my pics on an iPhone, upload a few a week to Instagram, dump the rest in Apple Photos and have all of them backed up automagically to DropBox daily.
A few month back, I got excited by Carousel but then DropBox killed it. I tried Google Photos but the Face grouping feature was not rolled out to everyone yet and I quickly lost interest.
What do I want?
People at the center of search
Wishlist for future updates
- Turn people folders into smart folders that can be shared with specific people (ex: share all pics featuring our son with my wife and close family)
- My wife and I can merge our photo collections while retaining separate accounts. She has a ton of pics of our holidays or our son that I have probably never seen.
- I can restart Apple Photos sync and Google Photos is better at uploading ALL my photos to the cloud or giving me precise details on what went wrong (size didn’t meet minimum size requirements, weird file format, video too large?) and then totally switch away from iPhoto and save space on my HDD.
- A contextually-aware photo-sharing library disguised as a custom iOS keyboard to drop awesome pics in any of my chat apps.
Google Photos is now on my iPhone and my iPad. I’ve synced all my photos, including the ones on my laptop and deleted the ones in my Camera Roll to save some space. My wife’s phone and laptop is all synced up too now and I’m waiting for Google to activate Face recognition on her account to discover the hundreds of photos that she’s taken of us, our son and friends that I probably never saw.