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Difference Between Facebook and Flickr

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In today’s world, that relies mostly on online interaction, there are a multitude of options on how you can manage your ‘digital social life’. One aspect of this is the way that you manage your photos ‘“ which is where Facebook and Flickr come in handy.

Let’s try to do a point-by-point analysis of the difference between the two. As you may already know, Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites where members can add friends, update their personal profiles, post pictures and organize events. Flickr, on the other hand, is mainly an image and video hosting website. Although Flickr allows you to add friends, the main focus of the site is to share photos ‘“ that is why it has become a haven for both amateur and professional photographers.

Next, here are the main differences between the photo sharing capabilities of the two. First of all, not everybody has a Flickr account, but almost everyone has Facebook. Fortunately, there is an application in Facebook which allows users to integrate their Flickr account with Facebook ‘“ so that even if your friend who wants to view your Flickr photos does not have an account there, they can still browse through the pictures.

Secondly, Facebook has only maximum dimensions when you post a picture to an album, but with Flickr, you can almost always save the original dimension, size, and preserve the original resolution of the photos.

Thirdly, it is much easier and more fun to comment on photos from Facebook albums. Although commenting is also a feature in Flickr, non-members need to key in their e-mail address and website before their comments can be posted.

Another edge that Flickr has over Facebook, in terms of photo features, is the fact that you can view stats, and see how many views a particular photograph has had. Organizing the photos in sets or collections is also easier with Flickr.

So, which photo-sharing/networking site do you personally think is better to use?


1. Almost everybody has a Facebook account, but not everyone has Flickr.

2. Facebook has only maximum dimensions for the pictures that you can post, while Flickr allows photos to be displayed in ‘all sizes’.

3. Facebook lets users arrange their photos in typical albums, while Flickr photos can be arranged in sets, collections or both.

4. Facebook displays comments in an easy-to-read format, but does not indicate stats; while Flick does not have a user-friendly comment format, but lets users know about their photo stats.

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