It’s a sad reality that in recent times there has been talk about the stability of some online social services. Since Delicious determined that there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo! many flickr members are starting to think that this service may go the same way.
I don’t think flickr is going anywhere anytime soon, especially as it’s a paid for service. However, it’s always important to have an exit plan so I’ve used a tool called FlickrEdit to transfer over four years of uploaded photos locally.
Taken from their website
FlickrEdit is a Java Desktop application that allows you to display and edit your photos in a variety of ways. It also allows you to download/backup or upload your photos to and from Flickr. FlickrEdit is written in Java and it uses flickrj framework to access Flickr.
We invest a lot of time into many free social services, so think about using the following links to get your own backups:
I also use the iPhone app Momento that archive lots of different social services for viewing in a diary based format. I’ve managed to get the app to archive my tweets right back to 2008 …