Flickr is a photo sharing site that has been around for years and was really starting to look dated. As part of the recent drive by Yahoo! to improve its image and become more trendy they have given Flickr a complete overhaul.
Gone are the big white pages with a single image in the middle – now images are displayed as a river of pictures so it’s much easier to scroll through large collections or search results. If that was the only change I’d be pleased but there’s more.
Flickr now allows for 1TB of storage for your photos. Yup that’s a terabyte not a gigabyte. Just how big is a terabyte? Well, you could take a photo every hour for forty years without filling one. You can now upload full resolution images as long as your picture does not exceed 200mb in size (and that is massive). You can now upload short video clips (3 minutes at full 1080p resolution) but this will gradually eat into that magical terabyte. And how much does this service cost? Nothing, Flickr is now FREE.
What’s the catch? It is true that you don’t get something for nothing and so Flickr have started to sneak adverts into the free account. Hate adverts or want more space (more than 1TB!) then you can pay a subscription to upgrade. The adverts are quite unobtrusive at the moment and so I can’t image upgrading any time soon.
Predictably there is a backlash in the Flickr community as traditionalists prefer the old style. The main complains seems to be dislike of the black backgrounds and the fact that you have to scroll down to see comments. Hopefully Yahoo will listen to these people, many of whom have been with Flickr from the start, and allow for customisation between the old and new formats. I love the new look and hope it stays, perhaps as time goes by Yahoo will start to incorporate more features from Tumblr and allow uses to customise their Flickr experience.
Want to see the changes in action? – you can check out my new look Flickr account:
Paul Fox Flickr