Yahoo has announced massive changes to its struggling Flickr photo sharing website. Flickr used to be the biggest photo sharing site on the internet until Facebook and Instagram exploded onto the scene.
The Flickr announcement was overshadowed by Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr for $1.1 billion, but it’s still big news for Flickr users and anyone who likes to share photos online.
Here is a quick view of the major changes:
- Free TB of storage for everyone
- Photos displayed in full resolution
- New interface design
- Major overhaul of upgrade plans
1 TB of free storage
This is probably the biggest news to come out of the announcement. Every free account now gets one terabyte of free storage space. This is a big leap from the previous 300mb per month upload limit.
This means you can store over 500,000 6.5 megapixel photos or as the official Flickr Blog explains it:
“Just how big is a terabyte? Well, you could take a photo every hour for 40 years without filling one.”
Full resolution photos
Along with the massive bump in storage space is the ability to store and display your photos at full resolution. There will be no downgrading of quality, limited pixels, or cramped formats.
You can now display your photos the way they’re meant to be displayed.
New design, new experience
Flickr has been completely redesigned. The design now features an endlessly scrolling gallery that puts photos at the forefront.
Of the new design Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said:
“We’re thrilled to take Flickr even further with a beautiful, completely re-imagined experience that puts photos front and center. When it comes to photography, technology and its limits shouldn’t hinder the experience.”
The Flickr homepage lets you view the latest uploads from your friends and display activity on your own photos.
Your photostream now displays your photos in a seamless layout, and you can customize your cover photo and show off a high-resolution profile photo. Similar to what Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ have been doing for years.
You can now view your sets of photos in the same way as your photostream.
Flickr also has a new attractive slideshow mode.
Overhaul Of Upgraded Plans
Besides the free plan, Flickr now has two paid plans.
You can pay $49.99 a year to remove all ads. Everything else in the plan is the same as the free plan.
And you can pay to double your storage space to two TBs. It costs $499.99 per year. No, that is not a typo! $500 a year for an extra TB!
If you have a Flickr Pro account, you can continue to renew your plan for $25 a year. But the plan is no longer available for purchase.
Original Pro users still get to keep all their old benefits with upgrades made to certain features to bring them in line with the new free accounts.
So Pro users will still get unlimited storage for $25 a year.
Is Flickr better?
I think it’s hard to argue against the new benefits for free users. It’s a massive change that makes Flickr an attractive option once again.
The ad-free plan is expensive at $50 a year, double what the old Pro plan used to cost. And if you want to double your space you can pay a ridiculous $500 per year. I don’t know why anyone would bother with either upgrade. After all, there are plenty of ways to remove ads for free.
The only other contentious issue is the new design. Personally, I think it looks great. But not everyone agrees. Whenever something as big as Flickr gets a new design your behaviors also have to change. Maybe you care about this, maybe you don’t. But there’s no doubt it’s a totally new experience.
Yahoo has declared they made Flickr “awesome again.” I have to agree.
At the same time as Yahoo unleashed the new desktop version of Flickr they also released an updated Android app to go with it. You can download the new app here.