Flickr Reinvented

I don’t normally publish two posts in a day. But…wow. Flickr just completely reinvented itself. I do mean completely. So many changes that it’s all a bit much to take in. I guess the first thing most people will want to know is that everyone now gets a free terabyte of space. That’s huge. In full resolution. No shrinking your images. For free. Ok, for free, plus the ads they’ll run.

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I’m a Pro user, so what does that mean for me? Unlimited space. Although, to be quite honest, I am decades away from the point where a terabyte will be insufficient for my purposes. But I get my Flickr account ad free, as well as unlimited. And stats. Free users don’t get stats. Want to go Pro like me? You can’t. No more new Pro accounts will be allowed. And I could, if I wanted, step back to the free account and get a pro rata refund. But I’ll keep my Pro status thanks, and I’m pleased to see I will be allowed to keep renewing. Good move, Yahoo.

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The next things I noticed? Wall to wall photos with a customization banner up top. Do I like it? Hmmm. I’m not sure. I guess I like the banner, once I’ve created something a bit funkier. You can choose one from your photos, but it’ll only let you select a recent photo. Perhaps offering us the chance to dig deeper into our collections would have been nicer. I’d like a little bit more space between each image as well. Is it just a bit too busy? I do hope I can get rid of the text on that banner though. I don’t feel I need my name, joining date and how many photos I’ve taken displayed quite so prominently.

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There’s infinite scrolling on the Photostream page. But not on the Sets page, which is disappointing. It’s quick and easy to see full screen images and slideshows. That’s a positive step.  The background is black. Most people prefer that. I am the odd one out. I prefer white, or grey backgrounds. Can I change it? Are there any new features I’ve missed? I always wanted the option of a custom domain. You know that new photoblog site that I just launched? That could lose it’s garydenness.com domain real quick…

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There’s plenty of news on this on the blogosphere. Flickr’s own blog (currently hosted on WordPress, but you’d imagine coming to a Tumblr blog near you soon…) has the full scoop. Flickrite Thomas Hawk offers his early impressions. Mashable chip in with the story too. I’m told that once I’ve finished typing this and go to my cell phone, I’m going to find a super duper all new Android App for Flickr waiting for me to play with.

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There’s one more button that’s quite prominent. It’s ‘Edit’, up on the banner. Click it and you get the layout above. But if you click on Photostream, it goes back to the normal layout. What’s the deal with that? I don’t know. But I guess I’m going to have plenty of fun trying out all this new stuff. And checking that the good old stuff still works. I checked the Organizer straight away – it’s the most powerful online photo management tool on the web. It’s still there and works just the same. So. Anyway. I’m off to check out this new Android app. The question is, for you non-Flickerites out there…..has a terabyte of free hi res apce tempted you?

8 Comments

  • I don’t mind the space between the photos, they still show well, but I do agree about the text on the banner.

    • I have mixed feelings about some of the changes. But I recognise that change is sometimes hard. I’m going to give it a week or two, and then report back.

  • Now if Yahoo could only scrap its Groups and rebuild them from scratch into a modern model. The present one reminds me of CompuServe 1995.

    Saludos,
    Don Cuevas

  • You surely know that Yahoo’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer, is from Google. She seems to be shaking up Yahoo in a good way. I’ve always felt that Yahoo had many good properties, but had left them to wither a bit. Now under Mayer the company is getting better.

    I think this bodes well for Yahoo users all around.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where it’ll be interesting to see what they do with the Tumblr acquisition.

    • I surely do know. I keep up with the tech world mostly via Mashable, Lifehacker, Engadget and Dave Winer. All via Google Reader. Which will soon die. And is another reason I find Google so infuriating.

      I’m convinced she’ll be successful. She ‘gets’ it. Former CEOs, particularly Carol Bartz, clearly didn’t get it. You can’t force a failed business model to work.

      But nonetheless, I don’t entirely trust Mayer. For a start, she’ll do whatever she wants with Tumblr, regardless of any promises she makes.

  • I was just looking at this on someone’s Twitter site. This looks like it makes sense to me. I gave up on flickr early on because i had trouble figuring it out. I think I can do this. I wish we didn’t have dinner guests tonight. I want to get at this.

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