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What Flickr gives it takes away

    Flickr will end 1TB of free storage and limit free users to 1,000 photos. You can upgrade to paid Flickr Pro service to keep more photos.

    Flickr will end 1TB of free storage and limit free users to 1,000 photos. You can upgrade to paid Flickr Pro service to keep more photos.

    Nothing’s for free. Flickr is changing the way it does business. Wait! Do people use Flickr? Flicker was bought by Yahoo in 2013 and has lost its way since the acquisition. Yahoo recently sold Flickr to SmugMug.

    Flick will be deleting your photos and movies. Limiting you to only 1,000 per account. With just a flick of a switch and poof, gone.

    Take it away boys!

    Beginning January 8, 2019, Free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos. If you need unlimited storage, you’ll need to upgrade to Flickr Pro.

    I got a picture of a photograph
    Of a wedding and a shell
    It’s just burning itching memory
    I never kiss and tell

    Sell your soul and sign an autograph
    Big bang baby, it’s a crash, crash, crash
    I wanna cry but I gotta laugh

    Nothing’s for free
    Nothing’s for free
    Take it away boys

    First, and most crucially, the free terabyte largely attracted members who were drawn by the free storage, not by engagement with other lovers of photography. This caused a significant tonal shift in our platform, away from the community interaction and exploration of shared interests that makes Flickr the best shared home for photographers in the world. We know those of you who value a vibrant community didn’t like this shift, and with this change we’re re-committing Flickr to focus on fostering this interaction.

    Second, you can tell a lot about a product by how it makes money. Giving away vast amounts of storage creates data that can be sold to advertisers, with the inevitable result being that advertisers’ interests are prioritized over yours. Reducing the free storage offering ensures that we run Flickr on subscriptions, which guarantees that our focus is always on how to make your experience better. SmugMug, the photography company that recently acquired Flickr from Yahoo, has long had a saying that resonates deeply with the Flickr team and the way we believe we can best serve your needs: “You are not our product. You are our priority.” We want to build features and experiences that delight you, not our advertisers; ensuring that our members are also our customers makes this possible.

    Third, making storage free had the unfortunate effect of signaling to an entire generation of Flickr members that storage—and even Flickr itself—isn’t worth paying for. Nothing could be further from the truth: there is no place like Flickr to share, to discover, to learn, and to interact around photography. And because storing tens of billions of Flickr members’ photos is staggeringly expensive, we need our most-active members to help us continue investing in Flickr’s stability, growth, and innovation.

    It was fun while it lasted.


    Tony M.