The photo sharing website, Flickr, turned 10 years old earlier this month. It is a milestone that has been marked by many other popular services recently like LinkedIn, WordPress, and Facebook. The photo-sharing social network made its first appearance back in February 10, 2004 and has seen itself go through some highs and lows since that time. However, it has remained active in the face of tough competition from the likes of Photobucket, Shutterfly, Snapfish, and others.

Flickr was the first platform that allowed users to share photos in a widespread manner.

"Together we have defined online photo sharing," the website blog post states. "We were the first significant online community where you could store, organize, tag, and share digital photos."

Now with close to 10 billion photos uploaded and shared on Flickr, the company is making efforts to fully capitalize on this activity, and make it more relevant in the face of photo sharing on Instagram, Facebook and other new-age services. Amid criticism that it hasn’t been innovating enough, over the past year, Flickr has been retooling itself, including updating its mobile apps, giving away one terabyte of free storage, and launching a new way to print your photos offline. To date, the service has nearly 2 million groups sharing 1 million photos everyday. The Yahoo-owned service has published a timeline of its history that lists the major events over the past decade, and a promotional video.

What about the next 10?

Flickr currently boasts 92 million users and 10 billion photos, which sounds impressive. However, these values are dwarfed by its rivals. Instagram has 150 million people and 16 billion photos. Google+ has 540 million uploading 1.5 billion photos a week. And Facebook has 1.26 billion people sharing 250 billion pictures.

Flickr doesn't compete on quantity, but can it compete on quality?

The images on Facebook and Instagram are generally of very low quality. By that, I mean our timelines are full of babies, cats, motivational quotes and boring holiday photos!

Flickr is more focused on what it calls "interestingness". Their focus on "interestingness" makes the photo sharing website similar to Vimeo: not as big, but generally better.