We’ve been a fan of Flickr since its earliest days. Five years ago, we wrote how glad we were that Flickr appeared to be putting its house in order. But alas, things went down in a hurry. In that article, “Your Small Business Should be Using Flickr,” we wished (out loud) for the Flickr we once knew: that let us organize our photographs and use them in various ways — for both professional and personal use. We wished for the time when Flickr was a community with robust groups who not only shared photos but shared passions and help.
In April, Flickr was rescued by an independent, family business who also owns SmugMug.
Our response was like that of web-community pioneer Anil Dash:
( I am excited to see an independent company that cares about photography and has a long-term sustainable business model become a steward for Flickr. We need open, indie social platforms more than ever on the web right now.)
— Anil Dash 🥭 (@anildash) April 20, 2018
A sustainable future
With new owners, Flickr has a promising future. For example, the owners knew that giving away a terabyte of storage (for free) is not a viable business model. (Remember, the new owners are a family business.)
Recently, they have re-defined the benefits of a “Flickr Pro” subscription and have placed a limit on photos one can store on a free account. Here are other highlights of Flickr’s new approach:
Free account | Limited to 1,000 photos or videos. New simple login (translation: not a Yahoo login).
Flickr Pro features | Less than half the photography storage cost of Apple, Amazon, or Google
Resolutions up to 5K
Premier product support
Discounts on Creative Cloud from Adobe
50% off a custom portfolio site on SmugMug
Peak Design gear
Pro | Annual subscription plan
Annual Plan |
Pro | Monthly plan
Read the Fine Print | As we always suggest, be sure to review the details before changing your account.