kid and dogA reader asked us to find a service that would consolidate her Facebook,  Flickr, Shutterfly, and Picasa photos all in one place. This is the holy grail of photo organizing.‘s new tool “Uploadr” is at least halfway to that goal. Any time a new photo comes into your computer, whether from a camera card, your phone, or an email attachment, it automatically uploads it to your private Flickr account. Uploadr  also consolidates anything you’ve saved to Apple’s “iPhoto” or “Dropbox” online accounts. (Flickr is a division of, one of the largest Internet search engines; like Google, it has many features that are strictly its own. There is no charge to sign up.)

You’ll be able to see your stored photos using  the Flickr app. Up to one terabyte of storage on is free, which is a very good deal. Apple charges $240 a year for that. So the question that naturally comes up is how many average photos can one terabyte of storage hold? After Uploadr uploaded 1,193 of our photos (which averaged around six megabytes per photo) it had only used 1.4 gigabytes of our terabyte. A terabyte is one thousand gigabytes, so at this rate, we could upload 805,807 more to be exact.

Back to normalcy. (Did you know there are five U.S. cities named “Normal?”) A normal “selfie” takes up about two megabytes. A big high definition photo can take up thirty megabytes. So there is no real “normal.” The Uploadr organizes photos using image recognition. If you click “magic view,” instead of “date taken,” you’ll get neat categories. Clicking on “water” gave us all our lake pictures. Clicking on “trees” gave us our tree photos. But what about our photos in Facebook, Picasa and Shutterfly?

Picasa is no problem, just be sure your web photos are also on your computer where  Uploadr can get to them. Shutterfly is a bad choice for storage. They don’t let you download your collection, since you might then use a rival service for printing.

Facebook lets you save a photo by right-clicking it and choosing “save as.” This is tedious. But sites like PhotoGrabber are no longer available and FBdownloader (stands for Facebook Downloader) showed a warning message from our anti-virus when we tried to use it. You could download all your Facebook stuff in one fell swoop using Facebook’s own tool, but that combines your photos with all your posts. OK, so we’re not all the way to photo Nirvana, but we’re trudging along.

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