Flickr accidentally deleted a photographers account with 5 years of work and 4,000 photos… and they had no backup!
Flickr is an online image hosting website very popular for people to share and embed their photographs online. The service is widely used by bloggers and a variety of social media. Flick was acquired by Yahoo and in September 2010, it was reported to be hosting more than 5 billion images.
Just last month a professional photographer experienced a nightmare. This is what one would clearly call an IT “disaster” to their business. The photographer contacted Flickr when he could not log into his account. They accidentally deleted his account and containing over 5 years of his professional work and 4,000 images!
Quote from Flickr Staff:
“I can restore your account, although we will not be able to retrieve your photos. I know that there is a lot of history on your account – again, please accept my apology for my negligence.”
Flick is apparently working on an “Undo” feature…
And once again you will hear me say… BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!
Not just at work, but at home as well. How about all those digital pictures everyone takes of their special memories?
These unfortunate circumstances are avoidable. I describe this along with many other Information Technology concerns in my new book.