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Two billionth photo uploaded to Flickr

Staffers over at Flickr HQ are apparently squealing with joy at the two billionth photo uploaded earlier in the week. Posted by a user named yukesmooks from Brisbane, Australia, it shows a gum tree framed by a classic Australian sky.

Staffers over at Flickr HQ are apparently squealing with joy at the two billionth photo uploaded earlier in the week. Posted by a user named yukesmooks from Brisbane, Australia, it shows a gum tree framed by a classic Australian sky.

According to the Flickr blog entry:

You see, we’ve been watching and waiting here at FlickrHQ… Some of the team were even placing bets on the exact date and time we’d pass this huge milestone... Now that we’re here, we’ll pause for just a moment to reflect.

Stephen Shankland over at CNET News.com feels that it reflects the sheer magnitude of the challenge faced by Microsoft and others in trying to reproduce what Flickr has built.

Personally, I wonder if someone have ever calculated the annual cost -- power, staffing, etc. -- of keeping two billion digital pictures online.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

9 comments
Dr Dij
Dr Dij

Because the photos are not systematically indexed. E.g. I was searching for flowering tree photos, found that one had a name with link to flickr but 500 others by same guy had no name and there could have been dozens of other photos of same thing but the person didn't know what it was, or didn't bother to type in name, location, date, or anything much useful.

Shriks
Shriks

sure enough, along with the cost i also wonder how much environment friendly this whole gig would be, with so many servers generating heat, and to keep the heat down, air conditioning run to cool them down which in turn generating more heat. it might be one hell of an exercise to figure out all this cost and impact

Menopausal
Menopausal

Hmm... I wonder what the impact of 2 billion printed photos would be; all those chemicals, paper, silver nitrite... Sorry, it's just really hard to feel bad for the poor electrons so terribly inconvenienced by the the online photos.

The Listed 'G MAN'
The Listed 'G MAN'

If it was 2 billion printed photos then the impact would have been released long time ago These systems are still running 24/7/365 and for how long?

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

Think of the environmental impact of your posting to a large website. No doubt TR has servers generating heat and air conditioning to cool them. Your posting just encourages others like me to post. It's a vicious cycle. If it really concerns you but you decide not to boycott computers you should boycott TR forever.

DadsPad
DadsPad

does not advance. Or that people use Cray computers :D

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

I think it's sad that someone should act concerned about the environmental cost and impact of unknown servers located god-knows-where.

Canuckster
Canuckster

It doesn't take much effort to picture the hot air being generated over this thread.

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