Flickr has thrown down the proverbial gauntlet with the latest upgrade to their service. For us long time Flickr users, this has been a long-awaited upgrade. With the recent shakeup in the top management at Yahoo, most of us had high hopes that its Flickr service would get a much-needed overhaul. And overhaul it they did. Gone is the sea of white space and the plethora of blue-colored links replaced by a user interface focusing on the photos instead of sharing the screen real estate with mundane metadata. Don’t worry though, the mundane metadata is still available, albeit hidden a little. Just click on a photo and scroll up to find all that metadata goodness.
I haven’t made it through every nook and cranny in the new user interface but the parts I tried are definitely a step in the right direction. As with any upgrade, there will be some tweaking applied as the feedback rolls in from the users. The couple of things I saw I didn’t like are minor and not worth getting in a fuss about.
Recently, it seems that with every good there is a bad, and with the Flickr upgrade there is a doozy. For us Pro account holders, the Pro account model just ended. There seems to be some conflicting opinions whether Pro accounts may be renewed indefinitely to keep the unlimited storage and ad free status. Hopefully, Yahoo will make this clear in the next few days. The forums are flooded with all kinds of guess-work and the potential firestorm should be quelled as fast as possible.
Based on Flickr’s calculation of the image size from an average smartphone, a terabyte of storage will hold 500,000 photos. That’s a lot of photos of your lunch, your girlfriend, and the cat. Better start snapping.