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Flickr Killed the Photolog Star

Before you pick up the pitchfork and torches, listen to me: I love <a href="http://flickr.com/">Flickr</a>. I love that it has opened a world of digital photography that has made our lives so much richer. It has helped forge relationships by providing tools for communities of photographers to band together, whether professional or amateur.
But you see, I had a photolog before Flickr came along. So did <a href="http://ephemera.org/">Derek</a>. So did a <a href="http://photoblogs.org/">lot of people</a>. Some of us made ours by hand, others bent blogging engines like <a href="http://movabletype.org/">Movabletype</a> and <a href="http://wordpress.org/">Wordpress</a> to suit our needs. Then Flickr came along, and we subsequently surrendered. We didn't have the expertise to build anything as ajaxy or web 2.0ry. We didn't have drag-and-drop uploaders and on-the-fly resizing. Our photologs started to look so old. So web 1.0.
So we got ourselves Flickr accounts, uploaded our collections and melded with the crowd. Photologs that once graced the internet stopped being updated. Our photos were now in the largest photo repository in the world, in a container that looked exactly like everybody elses'.
I love Flickr, but it isn't home. My photos call out to me.

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