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What Is Flickr And Why Should You Care?

What is Flickr? Yahoo’s photo curating platform, after over a decade in operation, remains to be a favourite in the photographic community. (DMR Stats says) Flickr’s current user base sits around 122 million people in 63 countries.

What is Flickr Good At?

Enthusiasts of the popular site appreciate the ability to retain the original resolution of their photos, in contrast to some other photo storage applications who alter your photos to look better on the web. Flickr users also embrace the ease of sharing their works, either publicly or privately, and giving followers plenty of options to tag, comment, or “favourite” their photos of choice. Users also like learning about the EXIF data (info like camera type, settings, and location) from the photos they see.

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Flickr’s “The Commons” section is a place for people to share photos from the treasure trove of the world’s public photo archive. Flickr created The Commons in an effort to increase access to publicly-held photography collections, and to give the public an opportunity to share their knowledge about these pictorial relics.

What is Flickr Used For?

Since its so popular among eager photographers, Flickr posts are most commonly geotagged to places that offer especially unique photo opportunities. People use it as their platform of choice when travelling abroad, or having a unique experience of some kind. To best showcase Flickr in this case, we're exploring user's photos of abandoned places around the world.


what-is-flickr Abandoned 'Giant Slide,' Coney Island NY. Photo from the US National Archives via Flickr - The Commons.


Abandoned places are fascinating aren't they? Because are so intrigued by these mysterious remnants of history, they have become very popular places for photography and social media sharing.

There’s something so eerie about a structure that was once bustling with commerce and activity that has since been taken over by the gently persistent grip of nature. These places are shells of their former selves. In this decrepit state, however, they somehow take on an entirely new life. The world is a living, breathing museum, and we have the chance to be virtual visitors from the comfort of our desks.

  1. Six flags Jazzland, New Orleans LA


Until the devastating hit of hurricane Katrina in 2005, Six Flags New Orleans was a fully functioning amusement venue for the whole family. Katrina caused so much damage to the 140-acre property that it remains in its abandoned state today. Rumor has it, there are plans to reopen the park in 2018.


  1. Kolmanskop, Namibia

Originally developed as a diamond town for German miners, Kolmanskop ceased to be fruitful after WW1. German families slowly drifted away from the desert, and, reminiscent of Aladdin’s cave, the village is now being reclaimed by the sand.


  1. Power Plant IM, Charleroi Belgium



Built in 1921, this was once the largest coal-powered power plant in Belgium, cooling 480,000 gallons of water per minute. Due to the bad press for high CO2 emissions, (Greenpeace was all over it) the plant officially closed in 2007. It now resembles the kind of place that would be found on an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation.


  1. Red Sand Sea Fort, England, UK


In WW2, engineer Guy Maunsell designed several sea forts to surround Great Britain and minimize the damage from aerial attacks.

These particular towers are which make up the now defunct Red Sand Army Fort are still standing in the Thames estuary.


  1. Beelitz Heilstätten Military Hospital, Germany 


Located about an hour outside of Berlin, Beelitz Heilstätten was originally built in the 1890’s to treat tuberculosis patients. It was later used as a facility to treat German soldiers in WW1, then Nazi soldiers in WW2. Reportedly, Hitler was treated there in 1916 for a leg wound. If those walls could talk.


  1. Buzludzha Monument, Bulgaria’s UFO


Built on a 1441 ft mountain peak at the site of the final battle between Bulgarian rebels and the Ottoman empire, construction of this landmark by the Bulgarian Communist party began in the mid-1970’s. The Bulgarian government stopped maintenance on the structure in 1989. In its abandoned state it is now in serious disrepair and heavily vandalized.


  1. Chernobyl, Ukraine


The Chernobyl explosion in 1986 remains to be the only accident in the history of commercial nuclear power to cause fatalities from radiation. The exclusion zone reaches 2600 square kilometers.

Presently, approximately 3,000 scientists, policemen and others currently work within the exclusion zone, along with another 3,000 construction workers and engineers building new confinement and storage facilities.

Among all the data from the 10+ social networks Echosec accesses, Flickr content continues to be some of the most visually interesting. Echosec customers in the hospitality and tourism industries depend on Flickr data to provide valuable insights to influence their advertising campaigns and overall marketing strategies.

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