I created a Flickr account in '05, that is five years back. In the meantime, I have uploaded a huge amount of photo's to it. Last year, in between all the 'Microsoft will take over Yahoo' rumors, I tried to get away, just to see whether I could go without Flickr or that Flickr would prove to be just too good.
It *is* just too good. Over the past year, I tried - in random order - Picasa, Ipernity and Zooomr. Neither of them is even close to Flickr. Here's why.
First Picasa. Much as I like Google for most of its services (I'll skip the political issues), Picasa is just plain wrong. It lacks just about every feature that makes Flickr neat. I'm actually sorry I paid for this. It's just no good. Picasa development for Linux is *way* too slow and running Picasa on Wine sucks.
Then Ipernity. Ipernity is in just about every aspect a Flickr clone and yet still it lacks. It lacks in the fact that there is no working Python SDK for it and the fact that its community is just not the same as Flickrs. That last part is subjective, of course, but it is the feeling Ipernity left me with.
Last is Zooomr. Although Zooomr is a nice project and I have a Pro account for it for free (used it to post my blog pictures a while back), I hardly use it anymore. Why? Because it's more broken than not (at least, it used to be) and doesn't feel nearly as intuitive as Flickr, Picasa and Ipernity. It feels messy. Also, it is often 'closed because of the impending next big release'.
But Flickr has a great community, a host of third party apps (for making prints or t-shirts or calendars, you name it), a good feature set, SDK's, uploading tools that work on Linux and it works *all the time*. So from today, I'm back on Flickr. I tried to get away, but is just too good.