A few days ago I told you guys about some rumored updates coming to Flickr. Today I am pleased to announce that these rumors were true and Flickr has been updated! Yahoo announced the changes today at a media event in NYC, needless to say this is LONG overdue. Now let’s get down to business, what is new with Flickr.
First off let’s start with the insane space now available to Flickr users. Flickr announced today that all Flickr users will now have access to 1 terabyte of storage. Yes, as in 1,000GB or roughly 66 times the amount of storage available in your combined Google Account (15Gb). This is just crazy, I mean sure 500px offers “unlimited uploads” for $75 per year. But this 1 terabyte of space on Flickr is completely free. I’m curious to see how soon people fill this up.
A New Design
The other big change is the design. As I alluded to in my rumors post I was really hoping for an updated design, and luckily we got one! It’s not what I was envisioning in my head when I was thinking about a redesigned Flickr, but its light-years better than the old design/layout. You can see some examples from the new design below:
Flickr now supports longer videos as well. You can now upload videos in full HD quality with a length of up to 3 minutes. Yes, rather short. But if you are into Timelapse or other photography related videos (slideshows, etc) then this is a great option because you can keep your photos and videos in the same place.
Flickr Pro is no more. Starting today no users will no longer be able to purchase Pro memberships. Now users can buy more space or Ad free status as extra add-ons to your account. This is great news, and one that I personally think is the right way to do things. Now if I need more space I can buy some without needing to get pigeon holed into some “plan” or “membership” with a ton of other features that I don’t care about or need. So now those of you who don’t like Ads can pay to get rid of them without having to pay for more features that you don’t need. Good stuff all around. Obviously Yahoo thinks people will likely never need to upgrade since the price to double your storage is $499 per year. But the Ad free price seems fair, only $49.99 a year.
First off can we all just give a moment of silence for the old Flickr layout….. Ok never-mind that thing sucked. It is a huge understatement to say that I am excited about these changes to Flickr. 1 Terabyte of storage for free is just crazy awesome. I am excited to upload to Flickr without worrying about space. The new layout is pretty cool, and as I said above its not what I was thinking in my head – but its still a very welcome upgrade to that old design. I don’t feel weird about sending client or people I meet to my Flickr page anymore, its now looks good and I can feel good about how my images are being displayed.
The price for upgrades is a little disconcerting though. I mean a Pro membership used to be $25 per year, and that included no Ads. Now you will have to pay $49.99 for that privilege. I also don’t like that its double or nothing. I mean what if I only need an extra gigabyte of storage, im gonna have to pay $499 for that? Thanks Yahoo but Ill pass, I think Ill just start another Flickr account and get another Free terabyte.
I am also not sure that this will be enough for Flickr to retake its spot as top photo sharing community on the web, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. It will be interesting to see what else Yahoo has is store for Flickr in the near future.
Other SLR Lounge Team Thoughts
**In the interest of getting this post out asap mroe of the teams thoughts will be added and updated as they are able to checkout the new Flickr and formulate their thoughts. Check back often for more opinions**
Lee Sadler – I think it’s great that Flickr has finally updated its service, but IMO it’s not enough. I like the new tileset-layout and it is very appealing and should make it easy and even fun to browse through on mobile devices.
This is a step in the right direction, but Flickr should do more to keep up to date with modern social media; ideally I would like to see a kind of hybrid between Reddit and the more ‘traditional’ social media sites. Specifically, I mean the ability to upvote great photos within Groups, a more streamlined approach to chat (instant messaging is non-existent as far as I can tell), and a faster way to get involved with the site’s forums and blogs.
Jay Cassario – I’ve used Flickr for years and even before the facelift still enjoyed using it, and never really quite felt the love for 500px like a lot of others. I use both occasionally but now, with the facelift, I think it looks like Flickr could win back a lot of photographers that jumped ship for 500px. The only thing that 500 really had over Flickr, to me at least, was the better look. I have been playing around with it for a couple hours and for the most part I dig it. I have an android OS phone and tablet. Until now the Flickr app for Android wasnt very good. The update to the App is also much nicer and user friendly than it was.