Can you spot the difference in the 2 snapshots of the right-hand bar of the website?
Yes, I’ve removed the Flickr link. I have been using Flickr’s services since around 2007 as they have a fantastic platform to host full resolution images and also a great way to build albums and portfolios. However, in recent years they have been through many owners and troubled times. In 2018 Smugmug bought Flickr and already they seem to be in trouble. Last year they increased the “Pro subscribers” account from a very reasonable $25 to (a just about acceptable) $50 and drastically reduced the amount of photos non-subscribers could have in their platform. This was to try and push people to subscribe to their Pro account. Last month they announced that they required more people to pay for a Pro account to survive and mentioned a “small price” increase for the service. Yesterday this “small price” increase was announced, if you think and extra €15 (when converted) is a “small price” then fair enough, but I think this is ridiculous.
Flickr hasn’t really changed apart from 3rd party extras (printing service for example) and they still haven’t even fixed the issue many people have with the Android App where notifications don’t work. Therefore, this is the final straw for me and I will not be renewing my subscription in April.
I have used Flickr to be able to link to higher resolution images direct from this site, but as I have been moving these images directly into my Shop Portfolio, I now have less of a need for Flickr’s services and I don’t believe this new pricing model is worth it. I suspect there is going to be a lot of other account owners who feel the same and this could indeed be suicide for the owners of Flickr and maybe it will result in the death of this great platform.
I am now busy changing things on the website in particular old blog posts which have direct links to images hosted on Flickr, but I have until April to finish this process.
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