Flickr Vs. Google Photos


The Flickr Interface

I’ve had Flickr for a few years now and find it easy to use.  The top menu in black allows you to view your photos(You), explore, create, search, and upload.  The interface has three ways to view your photos: camera roll, photostream, and albums. Camera roll allows you to view your photos according to date taken or Magic View.  Magic View groups photos according to the subject of the photo for example animals, people, architecture, food or vehicle. Photostream shows your photos based on a selection from two drop-down menus. The first one gives the option of viewing based on date uploaded or date taken. The second one gives a few options: view all, public view,  family view, friends view and family&friends view.  Albums allow you to view your photos through the albums you have created.  Also included in the interface are groups, favorites, creations and stats. There are also many other things you can do with your photos like editing, geo-tagging(map) and tagging by opening the more drop down menu.



Geotagging on Flickr is easy to do. Geotagging on Flickr is done after uploading your photo. Select the photo you would like to geotag from your photostream by clicking on it. Below you can see where it says, “add this photo to a map”.  When you have clicked on that you are taken to a map where you zoom in to find the location your photo was taken. After spotting the location you drag the photo and drop it on the location. Geotagging on Flickr helps you search for photos that were taken by you or other users based on location.

Tagging and searching

Tagging can be done when uploading the photo. You just have to type in the words you want to use as tags with a space between each word. If your privacy is set to public other Flickr users can view your photos by searching tag words and geotags. You can view photos by other Flickr users as well by typing in the tag words or geotags in the search bar.

Gallery sharing on your blog

A Flickr badge can be created by using the HTML/Javascript gadget on Blogger. Once this gadget has been added a gallery of your photos will appear on your blog. You can see my Flickr gadget located in the sidebar of my blog.


The Google Photos Interface

The Google photos interface is very simple. On the main page, your photos are in a photostream. The order they are in is based on the day they were uploaded.  The sidebar has four icons: assistant, photos, albums and the three dots open up the main menu.  The main menu is also located under the three lines icon next to the word photos is also the main menu. You can upload photos by hitting the upload cloud icon. The plus icon is for creating albums, collages, animations and sharing albums



You can add locations to your images but geotagging can only be done when images are shared on Google+.

Tagging and Searching.

Tagging on Google photos is very different than Flickr.  It auto-tags people and things.  When it tags things it tags them into groups. For example, if you had a photo of a flower it would be grouped in with all the other photos of flowers you have posted.  Your tags are only visible to you.   Other Google Photos users can not search your images based on their tags.  Searching is very limited on Google Photos you are only able to search through your own photos.  They would like you to share your photos on Google+ if you want to have those social media features that Flickr has.

Gallery sharing on your blog

Currently, there is no way to share your Google Photos on your blog.


There are two major differences between Google Photos and Flickr.  The first difference Google Photos does not allow you to search through the photos of other users without the help of Google+. The second difference is that Google Photos does not allow you to share your images on your blog. Both sites allow you to display and edit your images but if you are looking for better sharing and searching capabilities you will like Flickr more.