Although Yahoo increased the site’s number of users, it was widely seen to have failed to have reached its full potential, as rivals, including Instagram, Facebook and 500px, rolled out superior social features.
- a 1TB upload limit – enough to store more than half a million six-megapixel photos
- a redesigned user-interface that fills more of the page with pictures at the expense of white space
- a new Activity Feed allowing users to see their own recent uploads mixed together with those of their friends
- a new Android app offering a more photo-centric design than the previous version, bringing it closer in line to an iOS update released at the end of last year
- a larger 200MB limit on the size of each photo – previously, paid-for accounts had a 50MB limit and free accounts 30MB.
- a three-minute cap on playback of video clips rather than the earlier limit of 90 seconds.
In its place is a site with big thumbnails, full-screen pictures by default, and metadata for each image tucked below the fold. Flickr’s Lightbox view, that removes the clutter around the page and shows pictures on their own, remains available.
The home page now shows photos of everyone you subscribe to with the most recent handful of pictures that your contacts have uploaded. Each user’s photostream displays a big tiled view of their pictures. This isn’t entirely new to Flickr—it was a feature of the site’s Explore page—but it’s new to individual user pages.
It’s a logical design. Flickr’s a photo site for sharing photos. Photos should be the focus, and now they are in a way that they never were before. The old view is more or less available for things like editing your photos and metadata, but the site is now built around looking at pictures rather than managing them.
To go with the new look is a new pricing model, one that’s almost unrecognizable compared to the old one. The old Flickr had two tiers, Free and Pro. Free was extremely limited, allowing users to upload 300MB of photos and two videos per month, with only the newest 200 photos visible. The $24.95-a-year Pro, on the other hand, was extremely liberal, with unlimited photos and videos per-month, ad-free browsing, and detailed statistics on your photos.
In the new Flickr, the Free account is a lot, lot better. Free users get 1TB of storage and can upload an unlimited number of photos or videos (with videos limited to three minutes of 1080p). Individual photos and videos are limited to 200MB and 1GB each. There are then two paid options beyond that: $49.99 a year removes ads but otherwise changes nothing, while $499.99 (yes; a penny less than five hundred bucks) doubles the storage to 2TB.
New Pro accounts are no longer available, though current Pro users will, for the time being, be able to renew their Pro subscriptions and continue to reap the benefits of both ad-free and unlimited storage. They’ll also to continue to be able to access more detailed stats. It’s not clear how long these renewals will be offered.
Yahoo has revamp its Flickr photo-sharing service, offering users up to 1TB of free storage.The revamp also allows users to host longer video clips and higher-resolution photos, and a new app has been launched for Android devices.