This morning I opened my flickr page and my first thought was that I did something wrong. After a while, it became clear to me that they completely changed the page design. I am shocked and disappointed at the same time. The beauty of the photos is gone. flickr was clean, easy and simple to use. Over the years, flickr has grown into a huge community of professional and avid hobby photographers. Photos were well organized and had enough room to get the right presentation. I was browsing for hours through other people’s photo sets and collections. The new design is just an unorganized flood of images without any meaning.
Second, what I don’t like is their new account policy- flickr cancelled the “pro account”. Before, a “pro account” had unlimited space for $24.99 per year. 1TB space is now available for every user, but with advertisements. The new account is called “ad-free” and will remove advertisements, for $49.99 per year. Why should flickr pro-users pay more money for less space? Obviously flickr doesn’t need the pro-users anymore. Another account is called “Doublr” that doubles the available space from 1TB to 2TB for $499.-. $499.-, can you believe it? Well, I have learned once more, that in the end everything is just about making money, the faster the better. How stupid and disappointing.
“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”).” — Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer
I ask all flickr users who are unhappy like me to post their feedback in the official feedback thread. This feedback thread received about 12,000 posts within the first 24 hours. Wow! Most of them respond negative to the new site design. On the other hand, it is amazing that ipernity has posted a welcome message to ex-flickr users today. They even offer tools to migrate photos from flickr to ipernity.
What others are saying:
- PetaPixel: RIP “Professional Photographers”
- Gizmodo: How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet
- cnet: Flickr Users: We hate the new site
- Official flickr feedback thread, comment posted by Joseph C. Hinson: “New name for Flickr — Scrollr. because of all the scrolling you have to do now.”
- “TIME MAGAZINE”, USA – TECH (21/05/2013), comment posted by Martin G. Conde, Washington DC, USA: “Why Does President Obama and the White House official Flickr page now look like a Justin Bieber social media fan page?”