Is Doomsday Near for Flickr?

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Is doomsday near for Flickr? Flickr difficult times are not over yet. Flickr’s CEO writing this week to Flickr Pro members (like me):

Flickr still needs your help. It’s still losing money. You, and hundreds of thousands of loyal Flickr members stepped up and joined Flickr Pro, for which we are eternally grateful. It’s losing a lot less money than it was. But it’s not yet making enough.

Flickr CEO

Surprisingly, the Flickr’s blog is mum on this issue.

My membership renewal is coming on February 23, 2020. Price increase has been announced for the beginning of 2020. I’m still undecided if I’ll renew or if I’ll simply move somewhere else. If you plan to become a prob member, here is a coupon that you can use to get 25% off https://www.flickr.com/account/upgrade/pro?coupon=25in2019. May this helps put Flickr difficult times behind us.

We need more Flickr Pro members if we want to keep the Flickr dream alive, and we need your help to share the story of Flickr.

Since SmugMug took over, Flickr’s improvements are mostly on the back end. User facing updates are really scarce. There are many parts of Flickr that didn’t receive a much-needed facelift while others did receive small touches. Because of this, Flickr as a whole is not a great example of a uniform visual language. How does this add to the bottom line you might ask? Well, for me, these things are important in judging the quality of a service for which I pay.

My hope is for Flickr to survive these difficult times. In the next two months, I’ll be publishing more about competing services in preparation for my final decision. This is a lot of work. Many online photo sharing services will be part of this comparison. So, stay tuned.

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