Almost a week since the big Flickr-update has now passed; time enough to face up to the aggravations of the photo-platform. Besides user surface and presentation, usage guidelines have been updated as well. Furthermore, a curious statement by the chief executive caused a stir.
Flickr after the Update
Personally, I like the way the photos are presented after the update. However, I also believe that the presentation has been prettied up at the expense of functionality. This way, you can no longer identify at one glance how many clicks a photo’s got. It is also impossible to add a photo’s description without clicking on it, at least I wasn’t able to do it. This can be a nuisance with several pictures. What I find positive is the fact that free accounts now no longer have any restriction to the last 200 photos. Whether there are people that can make use of 1 terabyte memory space, is anyone’s guess. Maybe this is the reason Flickr now loads and runs considerably slower. But as the saying goes, never look a gift horse in the mouth ;-). Moreover, photos can now be uploaded and viewed at original size with free accounts. Everyone has to decide for themselves to what extent this may be useful. The internet is no place where copyright is rated especially high. Because the whole thing is for free, the service is financed by adverts that can be switched off effortlessly with the help of an ad-blocker. What is funny is the fact that the cheap paid account (ad-free for $49.99) doesn’t really offer anything more than a life free of annoying adverts. For a “bargain” of $499.99 you can get an upgrade to “Doublr”, which extends the memory space from 1 to 2 terabytes. You get so much with the free account, and so little with the paid alternatives that the upgrade does not really pay off.
When Flickr support forums were flooded with questions concerning the fate of former pro-accounts, Flickr chief executive reported that such accounts no longer exist since pro-photographers no longer exist in our world. As you can probably imagine, this statement caused a huge outcry among pros and ultimately led to measures of damage control 😀
How do you like “Flickr 2.0” and what do you think of the statement concerning non-existent pro-photographers?