Flickr Readies 333 Birthday Party

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The photo community site has a party planned for Saturday, March 3rd, in San Francisco to celebrate Flickr’s third birthday.

(UPDATE: Valleywag provided an interesting coda to the Flickr party. Co-founder Stewart Butterfield missed the fun due to either traffic or jetlag, but still made it to “the social event of the season” over at Google. Smile for the Flickr upload, Stewart!)

Flickr has a fascination with the number 3 as its next birthday approaches. The Flickr 333 event offers the Flickr community a chance to enjoy some cupcakes and see plenty of amazing photography.

Part of the 333 party involves a benefit auction of photographs. Proceeds from the auction will go to Kids with Cameras, a non-profit organization that teaches the art of photography to marginalized children in communities around the world.

Photographs for the auction have been donated by 460 of the top shutterbugs on Flickr. They also noted printing services have been donated by art community site Imagekind.

Flickr touted the numbers it has achieved during its third year of existence. A spokesperson said Flickr now has 23 million unique visitors per month, who have posted over 400 million photographs on the site.

Late in 2006, Flickr brought some new features online. Flickr’s mobile site came back to life at http://m.flickr.com, and they enabled a “guest pass” feature for private photos, allowing them to be shared with non-Flickr users.

Visitors to Flickr can search the site by camera model as well. That feature gives people an idea of how a given camera will perform in the hands of a competent photographer, by showing pictures taken with it by Flickr members.


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