Yesterday Flickr introduced their site redesign along with an important announcement. All users get 1TB of photo storage and the ability to share those photos at full resolution. You can upload videos in full HD quality. The length of these videos has been upped to 3 minutes each. In addition, a new Android phone app has been released. The iPhone app was updated several weeks ago and it is impressive (review coming soon).
The Pro subscription is no longer available. Existing Pro accounts can continue to renew their subscriptions if they so desire. If a Pro account is not renewed, it will revert to a standard account. In place of the Pro account, Flickr is offering two fee-based options: Doublr which adds an additional terabyte of storage to your account and Ad-Free which removes all ads from your Flickr pages. Each of these services will cost you $49.99 a year.
For most of us, a terabyte of storage should be plenty. After all, that means more than 500,000 photos. (I’ve got just under 6,000 on Flickr at the moment.) I’ve had a pro account for so long I can’t remember what Flickr looks like with advertising, but I’m sure I could live with it to protect my images. I will continue to renew my Pro account as long as Yahoo! will let me and I will continue to recommend its use as an off-site archive for both current photos and scanned images. The social side of Flickr has always been a delight and I’m hoping to see Flickr and Tumblr working together in fun and fascinating ways very soon.
I am a long-time fan of Flickr as an affordable off-site archive and I’m very happy to see Yahoo! giving it the attention it deserves. If you haven’t visited Flickr recently, now would be a good time to get re-acquainted.