How to delete multiple photos on Flickr
Although Flickr is improving and it has some nice updates, which do improve the service (well, sort of), it still lacks a decent user experience for very simple, basic, things.
Like deleting multiple photos.
I think the guys at Flickr consider this a sacrilege for the service since they offer 1 TB. Well, it’s not.
When I shoot 10 frames of the same subject but with minor adjustments and I automatically upload them to Flickr, I
don’t shouldn’t waste my time later to delete 9 out of them. Trying to see which 1 out of 10 should stay, by looking into small thumbnails and or writing down the name of the file which needs to be deleted is not even a solution. It’s bad user experience.
Why should I spent 10 minutes for this thing when I should spend maybe 2? Right now, the process of deleting a photo is something like this:
1. See the photo in your album, let’s say photo 151 out of 1332.
2. Click the 3 dots (…) for the “more” menu.
3. Click delete.
4. And… well you would expect to be able to continue viewing the rest of the photos and redo the 1>2>3 process again.
Surprise! It’s not like that. After hitting delete, the bad ux witch comes on a broomstick and redirects you to… viewing ALL your photos. So go back, open again the album, CLICK CLICK CLICK until you reach photo 152… and 1>2>3.
Imagine needing to delete 200 photos out of 1000. The joy.
Anyway, until Flickr decides to come out with a better way to this, here is a way to fix this:
1. Go into your Flickr album
2. Add to each photo you want to delete a tag like “delete" (clever, right?). The reason for adding a tag is that it keeps you in the same page so you can actually have a large view of the photo you want to delete and after adding the tag you are not redirected to the album view.
3. After adding the tag for all your photos that needs to be deleted, go to organize, select all your content, or your album and write “delete” or whatever you tagged your photos with in the search box.
4. Select More options before hitting the Search button and select tags
5. Select all the photos in the batch and hit Edit Photos>Delete.