Last month, I criticized Flickr (perhaps a little too harshly) for their new policy which banned photos that show bits your bathing suit would cover. I recently recognized another, more compelling reason for them to block nude photography: other, high-traffic sites hot-linking to pornographic Flickr photos.
currently, as I’ll explain, safe for work ZOINKS! No longer safe for work!) is a group of sites featuring risque, nude and pornographic photos that originally posted to Flickr. They’ve been around since August, 2005. As zilliions of other website owners do, FlickrLicio.us is ‘hot-linking’ the photos from Flickr.
As I understand it, what’s at issue here is not so much the content but the bandwidth costs to Flickr. Clearly FlickrLicio.us was a popular site. Back in August, the site owner indicated as much:
Average data transferred per day: 6.46 gigabytes ..and that is just my sideâ€¦with not a single babe pic being hosted by myself. I can only imagine how much it is for Flickr.
And that’s not counting the photos, which would be the lion’s share of the bandwidth. To put that in a little perspective, my humble, boob-free site will move about 30 GB for the entire month of May.
I agree with Stewart Butterfield, Flickr’s CEO, who pointed out that “it’s bad for Flickr and is an abuse of a system designed to help people get their photos out onto the rest of the web, and not lock them up in Flickr”.
So, Flickr’s blocking Flickrlicio.us. It’s no longer even a little licious. I support their doing so. The site must have cost Flickr considerable dough in terms of bandwidth. I guess in the long run they should publish some maximum for outgoing bandwidth to a third-party site. I imagine this problem is exclusive to porn, but you never know. For example, there are a lot of car enthusiasts out there…