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Flickr is changing

Discussion in 'General Photography Discussion' started by intheviewfinder, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. intheviewfinder

    intheviewfinder Premium Member

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    Flickr Pro will be double the cost ($24.99 to $49.99 per year). They've added six new features. New restrictions on free accounts, such as a 1000 limit on photos, and removing the requirement to have a Yahoo account.

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    What would be the price and cons of Flickr Pro vs a SmugMug account? Price wise they are close now.
     
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    I saw this earlier on, so just wiped off over 1,000 old Canon 70D images so now down to 299. I might actually open up another free account to use just for my vocalists/bands images.
     
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    Yeah, I saw this too. I won't opt for the Pro version, so I need to make sure I don't have anything uploaded that I don't have saved elsewhere and then delete a bunch of pictures. I might just delete Flickr altogether... still thinking about it.
     
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    I have 11,000 photos there it is effectively my online archive. My Pro sub does not expire till August 2019 but when it does $50 a year will still be dirt cheap online storage it is less than what it would cost me to drive into our company offices twice.
     
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    IMHO $50 a year is still cheap. Other services like SmugMug offer some nice features and if they are something you need (or want) then maybe a jump is worth it but I have a community of people that I follow and interact with on Flickr so I don't see the point of ditching all that for a $25 (a year) increase.
     
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    I left Yahoo after their data centers were compromised. I was affected but responded quick enough to recover. I've been wary ever since.

    Sure looks to be an good set of changes though it seems long in coming. Once the changeover and email log-in is implemented, I will at least get a free account to try it out for awhile.

    Does anyone know if there is a plan to merge SmugMug, Digital Grin, and Flickr together?
     
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    Since Flickr was bought by some private company Oath or SmugMug, I knew there is dark cloud shrouding over my photos shared on Flickr. As far as I am concerned, as a free user, I was more than happy with the service I received from Flickr under the Yahoo. Flickr under Yahoo, I had more than enough storage, and I would not have reached maximum limit allowed in my life. As I feared under the new ownership, the Flickr is now restricting to 1000 photos which is insignificant for me. It is not quite practical to upload all the photos I have archived in Flickr onto another free photo sharing site. The only practical solution is to pay the new subscription for an upgrade which will naturally rise in time to come. Disappointed with the new takeover. :oops::startle:
     
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    YOU may have been happy with the old free Flickr, but if there are any viewers of your photos on Flickr who do not have Flickr accounts, they will probably be happier with the changes implemented by SmugMug. As a Flickr account owner you do not see the advertising and popup windows but if your viewers don't have a Flickr account, they will. (One of the first improvements SmugMug made was to eliminate the pop-up windows, but non-account holders still see advertisements mixed in with your photos.)

    Someone once said (not clear who): "If you are not paying for it, you are not the customer. You are the product being sold." That was the business model of Flickr under Yahoo. Get photographers to supply free content which attracts viewers, who can then be sold to advertisers. The photographers were bait, and Flickr's real customers were the advertisers.

    SmugMug's business model is to provide a service to photographers who are willing to pay for that service. No need for annoying advertisers.

    Concerning price, SmugMug starts with a Basic account; if paid yearly, $48/year. Details on the different SmugMug accounts <Please login or register to view links> and <Please login or register to view links>

    Concerning price increases, my SmugMug Power Account was $60/year in 2012, and has gone up exactly once since then to $72/year. If it goes up again, I will probably drop back to a Basic account.
     
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    I agree, this is exactly how I feel.

    However, as a part-time 'professional' photographer, I'm don't have a problem paying for a service that's of use for my photography. I can understand that people who started to use Flickr as a means of online backup, drawn in by the 1TB space for free, now are disappointed that they have to start paying or discontinue the service to which they've just uploaded all their images (that said, I'd say 50 dollars is still relatively cheap).
     
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    It took them longer than I thought for them to change. It still a great for the money for online backup at $4.16 a month. So you have one less cup of joe from starbucks or someplace like it one day month. Not everyone is going to happy about the arrangement and the new management. The only thing that is constant is change.
     
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    I really welcome the change. Had a pro account for years and in recent times it was turning into to a porn spammers haven. It’s already being cleaned up. Great price for storage too.
     
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    Good news! The website design of 500px has changed and it looks almost exactly like flickr now!

    Well, for me it's good news because the photos look much better now. I always felt there was something 'off' before.
     

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