Since SmugMug bought Flickr, things have been improving. First and foremost is that Flickr will remain Flickr and not become part of SmugMug. There will be some changes of course, but all of them for the better.
First of all, the free Flickr account will continue but beginning in January it will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos. That may seem disappointing, but a majority of the current free members have less than 1,000 photos in their account. I found out years ago that $50/year was a very affordable way to protect my collection of family photos, scanned records and other ephemera from disaster.
In addition to focusing on photographers, I’m happy to see that the SmugMug crew appreciate Flickr Commons as much as I do.
When a company is generating income, they will have money to provide features and services that would not be available otherwise. I look forward to watching Flickr grow. Click the button below to take a look at one new feature – The Weekly Flickr. This one celebrates Valentines Day.