Photo hosting

picture of angler with huge fishI’ve had a Flickr account for several years now and I like the service so much that I have paid a little extra for the privilege since 2007.  I’ve also had a Photobucket account for about the same length of time, but I haven’t used that much. Mainly because I prefer Flickr’s interface and facilities.

I think that photo hosting sites like these two are essential in today’s online world. With both services, you can show your favourite pictures to anyone and everyone around the world. You can set access controls to individual images so that some can be totally public and some private to only selected viewers. For me the most useful facility is that I can insert pictures into my blog directly from Flickr/Photobucket. Both sites offer editing facilities – Flickr uses Picnik and Photobucket uses Fotoflexer, both of which are useful editing sites (I prefer Fotoflexer).

two chairs covered in snowHowever, Photobucket presents non-stop video advertising during the time you are uploading images and I find this intensely irritating. By comparison, I also have a different ‘free’ Flickr account where the adverts are far less intrusive, whilst on my main ‘paid’ Flickr account there are no adverts at all. I think that I prefer this option. By paying just a little over $47 every two years, I avoid all of the irritation of advertising (I even record T.V. programmes, so that I can fast forward through the adverts) and am not limited to the number of images I upload.

I don’t think that there’s a ‘pay for’ option on Photobucket.

Another service that puts Flickr in front for me is the fact that I can attach various levels of Creative Commons to my images and that I can search for similarly usefully copyright free(ish) images on the site.

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Radio Song

DAB RadioAs much of my recent work has been online, working from a desk in one of our spare bedrooms, I’ve been listening to quite a bit of radio.

As I was lucky enough to be given a DAB Radio for Christmas, I have a world of stations to listen to.

Nevertheless, I tend to limit my choice to one of five or six stations – all four main BBC ones, Radio 6, Classic FM and Planet Rock. I don’t bother much with any of the local stations and more often than not it’s Classic FM that I choose when I’m working. However, this last couple of weeks I’ve also found that Planet Rock does the job for me too.

Poles apart or what!

Aside from the music itself, the biggest difference between the two stations is their commercial sponsorship. Advertisements are the life blood of both stations, but the differences in type and style of endorsement are just as wide as the music styles.

I worry that someone somewhere is pitching these at each station’s generic listener and missing ‘me’ by a country mile. On the one side I would need to have lots of free time and money and on the other I would have to be devoted to my car and its various services. I’m afraid that I don’t fit either demographic.

Is it just me?