The New Flickr (with Ads)

The New Flickr
The new Flickr layout: I think it looks great!

Flickr has revamped its layout and pricing policies, and we take a quick look. Firstly, let’s talk pricing. The old Pro subscription at US$25 a year are gone, and are replaced with the new tiers:

  1. Free, with 1TB of space.
  2. Ad-free, at US$50 a year, with 1TB of space
  3. Doubler, at US$500(!) a year, with 2TB of space

The old limits are gone, and the new limits are as follows:

  1. 200MB per photo
  2. 1GB per video, at up to 1080p
  3. Videos are limited to 3 minutes each (so no posting your version of Lord of the Rings)

As for the ads, I’ve spent half an hour looking for them, but so far, there’s just one: Under the search bar on the main welcome screen. I am sure as the service becomes popular again, there will be more ads. I just hope the new ads do not spoil the current great experience. As the WhatsApp team puts it, ” No one wakes up excited to see more advertising.

Now, why do I say Flickr will be popular again? Because bloody hell, it looks really good. Very very good. Words cannot do it justice, so go take a look at CK’s stream, or your own! It makes me want to take more photos. I guess Marissa Mayer heard the Internet’s call. What do you think, Internet?

CK: As a long time Flickr user, I quite like the new layout. It makes better use of “wasted space” compared to the previous version. Even prior to this, Flickr has also made some tweaks to allow for a larger display of the Flickr photos. The new design is rather Google Plus-y, resulting in Matt Gemmell commenting that it looks like it’s been assimilated by Google Plus.

What I don’t quite like however, is the new pricing structure. Although 1TB is more than enough for most people including myself, I don’t quite like the idea of ads though YS has only seen one so far. I sure hope it’s not overlaid over our photos! And can Yahoo! please tell us why the hell does 2TB cost 10 times more than 1TB of ad-free storage?

UPDATE (23 May 2013): Looks like Flickr has back-tracked on removing the Flickr Pro plans after all the furore, including that of CEO Marissa Mayer declaring that “there’s really no such thing as professional photographers anymore”. As long as you are a Pro account holder as of 20 May 2013 (GMT), then you can continue to enjoy the Flickr Pro benefits at US$50/yr. You can view more details of this over at Flickr’s FAQ page. This will be great news for Flickr Pro users who does not want to fork out US$50-500/yr to remove ads and to get only 1-2TB of storage (as opposed to unlimited).

Meanwhile, Marissa Mayer has also apologised on Twitter for her comment and said that it was taken out of context. Hmm, seems like every big shot who’ve said something bad will always say that they were quoted/taken out of context.

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How to Move Your Instagram Photos to Flickr

By now you’ve probably knew about the controversy surrounding Instagram’s latest changes to their terms of service. It was largely interpreted as “Instagram now has the right to sell your photos to advertisers without your permission and you’ll not be paid” by many of its users who also expressed their outrage at the various social media outlets.

Although co-founder Kevin Systrom later sort-of clarified the change, attributing the misunderstanding to the way it’s written and how legal documents are “easy to misinterpret”, many users are still keeping a “wait and see” attitude, with some, like National Geographic, suspending their account.

If you too, would like to leave Instagram and also move your precious filtered photos to a better service like Flickr, a new service called freethephotos will let you do it very easily. All you need to do is to visit their website, login with Instagram, login and authorise with Flickr and click the “Free Your Photos” button. The process runs in the background and you can choose to be notified by email when it’s done. After it finishes, all your Instagram photos will be posted to a new set in your Flickr account called “Instagram”. You can then decide whether to keep or delete your Instagram account.

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