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API Movers and Shakers: Your Weekly API Performance Report

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Weekly API Performance Report: Movers and Shakers

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Flickr is an online photo-sharing and hosting service that was founded in February 2004 by Ludicorp, a Vancouver-based company. Ludicorp was founded by Stewart Butterfield and his wife Caterina Fake, who originally created Flickr as a tool for their own online game.

In March 2005, Yahoo! acquired Flickr and incorporated it into its suite of online services. Under Yahoo!, Flickr continued to grow and evolve, introducing new features such as geotagging and a recommendation system. In 2018, Flickr was acquired by SmugMug, a photography and image hosting company, and has since undergone several changes, including the introduction of a new subscription model.

Flickr’s infrastructure is primarily built on Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provides the underlying infrastructure for the site’s storage, computing, and networking needs. Flickr also uses a number of APIs to interact with other services and applications, including:

Flickr API – This is the main API provided by Flickr, which allows developers to access user data, photos, comments, and other information. It also enables developers to upload photos to Flickr and manage user accounts.

Flickr OAuth API – This API provides authentication services to enable third-party applications to access Flickr on behalf of a user. OAuth is a secure method of authentication that ensures that users can grant access to their data without sharing their passwords.

Flickr JavaScript API – This API allows developers to use JavaScript to interact with Flickr services and incorporate Flickr photos and data into their web applications.

Flickr Geo API – This API provides geolocation data for photos on Flickr, allowing developers to search for photos based on location and display them on a map.

Flickr Photoset API – This API enables developers to create, modify, and manage photo sets on Flickr. Photo sets are groups of photos that can be organized and shared together.

Flickr Machine Tag API – This API enables developers to add metadata to photos on Flickr using “machine tags”. Machine tags are a way of adding structured data to photos, which can be used to improve search results and organization.

Overall, the APIs provided by Flickr are designed to be flexible and easy to use, enabling developers to create a wide range of applications and services that leverage Flickr’s rich library of photos and data.

In terms of security, Flickr has had some notable security incidents in the past, including a 2013 breach that resulted in the leak of user login information. Since then, Flickr has implemented additional security measures, such as two-factor authentication, to protect user accounts.

As for API performance, Flickr’s APIs have generally performed well, with developers praising the ease of use and flexibility of the Flickr API. However, there have been some occasional issues with API downtime, which can affect developers who rely on the service for their applications.

In terms of significant downtime, Flickr experienced a major outage in 2019 that lasted for several days and affected millions of users. The outage was caused by a combination of technical issues and database errors, and Flickr’s engineers worked around the clock to restore service to affected users.

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