Are you backing up?

There was an article on TechCrunch today about a massive mistake made by Flickr:

IT architect and Flickr user Mirco Wilhelm couldn’t log on to his 5-year old account yesterday, and when he asked the Flickr team about this issue they flat out told him they had accidentally flushed his entire account, and the 4,000 photos that were in it, straight down the drain.

Apparently Wilhelm reported a Flickr user with an account that held ‘obviously stolen material’ to the company last weekend, but a staff member erroneously incinerated his account instead of the culprit’s.

Now those who know me, know that I post all my pictures on Flickr but you may not know that I do keep a copy of all of my pictures on my computer and on an external hard drive. Basically I have my pictures in three places so that if something like this happens I’ll still have my pictures. So my question to you is – are you backing up your data?

I got a recommendation for a Flickr backup application called Bulkr. It works on Windows, Mac and Linux so it’s an option for all of us. I also have a lot of other Flickr applications bookmarked on my Delicious account (which I also back up) if you’re interested in trying other options.

What you choose doesn’t matter, as long as you’re backing up the content you keep online because accidents happen!


  1. I thought that the issue was more about the links to the photos than the actual photos themselves. Wilhelm has said that he has backups for all of his content, but now everywhere that is referencing the Flickr location is broken.

  2. Yes, but I know many people who are reading this who don’t back up their content and as such should be aware that things can be deleted accidentally.

  3. I have all my pics in a couple of different places, but the ones I consider to be the best are the ones that are on Flickr, and I’m terrible at deleting the not so good ones, so loosing everything on Flickr would not mean loosing my pics, but it *would* mean loosing all the effort I put into selecting the best ones to publish. Guess I better look into that “backup from Flickr” thingy… 😉

  4. Yeah, that’s where I am too – my Flickr pics are tagged and titled and organized (they’re all my pics – not just my best – but still) and I don’t want to lose all that work.

  5. LOL, my pics are trapped on my camera… (software thing that I could probably have solved if I tried but for some reason it doesn’t seem very urgent.)

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