Flickr Deletes Photoblogger Mirco Wilhelm’s Photos and Can’t Get Them Back

Flickr has been known to be a reliable and popular service for storing photos. It is the best online photo management tool, has been used extensively and is one of the few Yahoo! services that users are still holding on to.


With these services, reliability is of utmost importance for users. The New Your Observer reports this as,

a Zurich-based photoblogger says Flickr deleted his account by mistake and lost his 4,000 photos. Mirco Wilhelm has the original files saved elsewhere, but the photos from his extensive Flickr collection had been linked to from all over the web, including the official Flickr blog.

This proves beyond doubt that the profile in question was indeed a major account and this will be a setback for Flickr as a photo management service. Wilhelm still has a backup copy of the images with him. However, all the comments to those images are irrecoverably gone and links to those images are all dead.

A few days ago, Wilhelm had received a support ticked after complaining about a user who stole his photos and posted them on his own account. In all probability, Flickr has deleted Wilhelm’s account instead of the other user.

Mr. Mirco Wilhelm had reacted in his blog post quoting the conversation that says,

Unfortunately, I have mixed up the accounts and accidentally deleted yours. I am terribly sorry for this grave error and hope that this mistake can be reconciled. Here is what I can do from here:

I can restore your account, although we will not be able to retrieve your photos. I know that there is a lot of history on your account-again, please accept my apology for my negligence. Once I restore your account, I will add four years of free Pro to make up for my error.

Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do.

Again, I am deeply sorry for this mistake.

Given that the Pro account costs 24.95 per year, a service like Flick should well understand the worth of five years of photography of such a high profile user and should give him a lifetime of free account.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

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