“We want to make Flickr awesome again,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said.
Flickr is getting three big updates. All users will get 1 terabyte of photo storage for free. The site’s s interface is also being redesigned to focus on full-resolution photos — both in photo browsing and in search — rather than words and links. Users will be able to share the full-resolution photos by email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr.
This sounds amazing! Also:
Flickr Pro, which had allowed users to pay for more storage space, is going away. “There’s no such thing as Flickr Pro today because [with so many people taking photographs] there’s really no such thing as professional photographers anymore,” Mayer said (though she acknowledged that there are “different skill levels”). There are still a couple of paid options: Users can pay $49.99 a year for an ad-free interface, and can add a second terabyte of data for $499.99 per year. It’s unclear what will happen with existing Flickr Pro memberships that users have already paid for.
I’ve been a paying customer of Flickr for years. It was worth every penny. But, at the same time, it was difficult to convince my friends to use it as there were some severe limitations for free accounts. It’s nice to see them gone now.
The only weird bit of the blog post is this:
And, in addition to the iOS app Flickr launched last December, Yahoo is launching an Android app.
Flickr already has an Android app. So I’m assuming they will just revamp that as well.