Any ideas how to get my pictures back?
Sorry you were affected by this situation, but we had to remove support for Facebook from story maps in Sept 2016 due to technical reasons. The change did affect existing stories, and you can see a bit of additional information on our FAQ here.
Keep in mind that if you host photos on your own website it's best if you optimize the images for web display and create a thumbnail image. We've also got some information about managing images for Map Tours on our FAQ here.
Thanks for posting here after meeting you on Twitter. It will be easier than Twitter especially if the answer is quite long
How did you add your pictures into your Map Tour? For example are they in a Flickr album that has perhaps been unshared or deleted?
I put this together in 2015...I don't recall where the pictures lived before. If I had to guess, it would be facebook, but I'm not positive.
It worked at some point.
Am I able to relink them / upload them?
Go into Builder mode on the Story Map and then click on the edit link for the picture. It should show the former hyperlink for the photo. That way you can tell where they once were.
These are the links I'm finding.
Those would be facebook links. Do you think you might have taken those pictures down from facebook or lost the permission to see these photos?
I still have access to the Album, so i don't think so.
I'm guessing facebook may have changed one of their URL procedures over that time that this was posted. I can see this photo:
But, you can see that the URL is a bit different.
Thank you for helping me trouble shoot this.
I think I'm going to skip facebook as the hosting for these photos and put them on my website.
I'll relink from there.
I think skipping facebook is a great idea. I personally use sites like Flickr.com for photo hosting and for sharing out to ArcGIS Online and the like. Using your own website is also a good solution.
Whoops! I totally forgot that Facebook support was dropped!
For utilizing your own site and making thumbnails, I recommend a program called IrfanView. It is free to use and makes it easy to run a batch process to make all of your photos into thumbnail sizes.
IrfanView - Official Homepage - one of the most popular viewers worldwide
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