I was browsing through the blogs I follow and saw a post about trouble in Flickr land. So I hopped on over to Flickr to find out what’s going on.
I have a love/hate relationship with Flickr. I’ve always hated Yahoo, and when they owned Flickr, I was very hesitant to sign up, especially since they required a phone number. I finally bit the bullet and signed up.
Then a year or so ago, SmugMug bought Flickr. Yay! Because then I wouldn’t have to deal with Yahoo. Or so I thought. I missed the window to migrate off of my Yahoo account and I still haven’t gotten around to changing it.
Now, it appears that the old saying is true – There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
I wish my kids understood this. They are GenZ’ers – or the iGen as they are sometimes called. They think there’s an app for everything – a FREE app. And if there isn’t, there should be. I’ve explained about the costs of running a business and the perils of handing over your personal data just to get a free app, but most of the time it falls on deaf ears.
Anyway, it appears SmugMug has discovered that, while people love Flickr, lots of people don’t want to pay for it. Which, understandably, makes it difficult to keep Flickr afloat. When SmugMug initially bought Flickr, they made some changes, which included that free account holders would be limited in the number of photos they could upload.
Fine with me – I just deleted a bunch of old photos to put myself under the limit. I keep all my photos saved on my own external hard drive anyway, so it wasn’t like I was losing anything. Since I’ve not been in-world as much, I haven’t had as many photos to upload anyway.
I do understand SmugMug’s dilemma. They want to keep Flickr going, but it takes time and effort and money to do that. I’m just not sure I use Flickr enough to justify paying for the service. I am naturally resistant to subscription services – I don’t use Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Adobe CC, or anything like that. If I want something, I want to purchase it, own it, hold it in my hot little hands. Which is why I’m still using my Photoshop CS6 – the last version you could purchase.
It remains to be seen whether Flickr manages to convince enough people to purchase Pro subscriptions to keep it afloat.