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The photo sharing site flickr reached a milestone yesterday when someone uploaded the site’s 3 billionth photo. The photo is a shot of a door on an abandoned house in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.

All the hard core flickr loyalists who have been around since the beginning probably took a shot to their ego to find out the photo was uploaded by a relative newb that doesn’t even have a pro account.

According to Webware.com Garrett Ryan Smith, the photographer of the photo, has been using flickr for only a few short days.

“I have been using Flickr for less than a week now,” he said. “My future sister-in law had her first child last week I had my camera with me and took a round of photos…We figured this would be a good way to share the photos with everyone across the United States and also with a family friend serving overseas.”

“Since Katrina hit I have been back to New Orleans numerous times and still cannot believe what it looks like three years later, especially in the Lower Ninth Ward area,” he said.

I have a pro account at flickr and I also have a large amount of storage on Picasa Web. I generally upload all my photos to both.

Most of my photos these days are family shots that I like to keep private and share with only certain friends and family. While I like the community features on flickr better than Picasa Web, I find that for creating albums and sharing them with friends and family I am starting to prefer Picasa more and more, for a number of reasons.

One being it’s great integration with the desktop photo manager of the same name, Picasa. Both Picasa and Picasa Web have had quite a few updates to them recently that have given them much more functionality and cool toys to use while file and saving your pictures online, including automatic album synching and face recogntion.

For now, I’ll probably keep uploading my photos to both but I’ve definitely been a longtime advocate of Picasa and you can’t argue with the fact that they’re catching up with flickr with certain new community features. What’s your preference?

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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