This is a general announcement for everyone following the current Flickr / FlickrLicio.us issue. As of 1pm EST today, FlickrLicio.us and ALL of its subdomains will be 100% ad free.
Flickr inserts ads in their site for non-paying members. They are making money off of YOUR pictures. The more popular, the more likely they will make money. Yet they are blocking the content they host from sites which have ads. (Read here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here for details about Flickr using ads on their sites. Even Om Malik who said, ” Babes of Flickr, Take That PlayBoy”
commented about Flickr.
So how about this Flickr, as of 1pm EST today there will be no ads on the site; however, if you would allow simple Google ads, which you have used on your site up until recently when Yahoo contextual ads seem to of taken over, it would be seen a king gesture.
The site is and will never be a commercial venture, simply a person blogging content they find on Flickr to be visually appealing. It is just like ANY weblog that would have Google ads on it (if you allow this).
This covers Stewartâ€™s issue 1: (1) Flicklicious is a business.
Issue 2: (2) Each Flickrlicious page served ~2-4MB of photos from Flickr.
This can be easily solved. Simply tell me specifically how many pictures maximum you want on the main page. Currently there were 32. What is an acceptable number?
FlickrLicio.us would even be willing to cache the photos on its own server, using FlickrLicio.usâ€™ bandwidth for hosting of the photos; however there is the issue of copyright that would come into play. If you know of a solution to this the site can COMPLETELY operate free of Flickr bandwidth.
Finally, you have stated that the content is not the issue, yet you donâ€™t wish this content related to Flickr. I find this issue a bit difficult to understand, as that YOU are hosting this content. You are the one serving it up to anyone who comes along and finds it on the site. This content IS associated with your site, as well as all of the other content you serve up. Unless you want to block or prevent people from uploading these types of pictures, you will be in an association with these types of content.
FlickrLicio.us is NOT a business; it is a personal weblog, ie blog, nothing more. At FlickrLicio.us we truly believe in the content, and could care less about financial gain.
Content is king.
Can Flickr remove the block on the site now? We have complied 100% with your issues.