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Going Anti-Social on Flickr

September 27, 2008

I’ve just finished a month-long project: cutting way down on the number of groups I’m in on Flickr. Back in the day, I’d join groups willy-nilly and spread my photos far and wide trying to build up stats.

That, of course, was more work than it was ever worth. And when this project started, I was subscribed to more than 300 groups. Ack!

So, clearly it was time to cut that down to a more manageable number. I’m done:

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I left groups that are dead, i.e. – groups that haven’t had any active discussions in 3+ months. And I left groups that I’d probably never upload new photos to — like a Wicklow, Ireland, group. Much as I’d love it, we have no plans to go back to Ireland anytime soon.

I think 97 is a more manageable number, and now when I go to post photos to groups, I don’t have to wait 30 seconds for my full group list to load. Nice.

How many Flickr groups are you in? Too many?


  • Reply Phil R September 28, 2008 at 4:51 am

    I’m at 167, and thats after a mild scrubbing a couple weeks ago. I think there are a few others I can drop from.

    What I find is that I get invited to drop a photo to a group and never leave it. Ha!

  • Reply Eric Lander September 28, 2008 at 7:54 am

    You know what’s funny about this? I was never an adopter of Flickr until I saw how you were using it after our trip to Seattle in June. I loved how you had cross referenced photos in groups and also took the time to share what camera you used for the photograph. And then… I upgraded to go Pro. You should get a commission.

    On the bright side, I probably won’t get lost browsing your photos as easily as I have in the past. 🙂

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