Hurrah! Smug Mug have bought Flickr. Which, I think, is great news. It’s time to get out the bunting and celebrate. I’m pretty invested in Flickr. I’ve been paying my annual Pro subscription since August 2006, but I originally signed up some time before that. I get unlimited storage for my $25 a year, which I am trying hard to fill up. I’m beginning to think I’ll never succeed, but so far the 17,008 photos that I’ve added have consumed 67.74 gb of disc space. Needless to say, changing to another photo host would be a bother.
But happy days, it seems my worries are over. SmugMug are a proper independent photo hosting/sharing company. If I ever did need to abandon Flickr, it would most likely have been to Smug Mug. I think Flickr’s future will be safe in their hands. Hopefully they will develop and innovate the site, and perhaps even bring over a few Smug Mug features – I’d particularly like the ability to use one of my domain names with Flickr. And the ability to change the layout with different templates has some appeal. A non-Yahoo sign in will be nice too, when it comes.
But truth be told, despite all the neglect over the years, Flickr is still one of the best ways to store and share photos. It ain’t broke. It doesn’t need fixing. But a bit of TLC would be most gratefully appreciated.