For awhile now, I've been wondering what people get out of Flickr. For me, it can be a source of inspiration and ideas. I can see how it could be used for socializing in a virtual sense or with people one already knows, but has anyone ever used it to meet other photographers in their area, and then actually gone shooting with them or made meaningful networking contacts? Has anyone ever made a sale, directly or indirectly, from their Flickr and how? Does anyone use it as an archive for all their photos and then do you share these photos with everyone or keep them private? Does it have a practical use for you or is Flickr just another virtual social toy, to be used for fun and not much else? I'm interested in what people think about this..