So, as I have read on the news this morning, Microsoft has released their new
gaming console home-entertainment system XBox One. Well, this might be quite a good coup and I am starting to seriously worry about the future of japanese companies such as Nintendo, and Sony’s seemingly withering niche in the console market. However, the news really actually got my attention were about the photo-sharing website Flickr. Surprise, Yahoo! has simply changed everything. Even though it is just like a fancy new “hat-system” which sits on top of the old blue, pink and white website it certainly does make everything look a hella lot more shiny.
In a nutshell they’ll provide any member with a supposed 1TB of free photo-sharing web-space, which is most certainly clever math only as a rare minimum of user will ever attempt to upload 200.000 plus full resolution photos. The user-interface has been streamlined, even though it just sits on top of the old system. This is potentially a good thing, as also all permalinks to your old photos and sets etc. have remained as they were. Photos have become generally more accessible with sets being presented in over the whole of the browser-window and single photos instantly zoom up to full-screen width if desired. The old PRO membership has been canned and replaced with an entirely new and sadly much more expensive subscription system called Free, Ad-Free and Doublr. So, all in all the new flickr seems like a very positive change, especially because I had been considering to make the jump over to Google due to more free space, or 500px for a better presentation of content. I am glad all my active blogposts linking to flickr have kept me from making a transition to a different photo-sharing website, after all.
If you go to the current PRO website, you’ll quickly notice Flickr is suggestive about downgrading to a free account before August 20, 2013. This is in order to get people out of the old subscription system, but not meant to screw your out of your money as you’ll be eligible for a refund of your remaining subscription period.
Admittedly, I have been a bit confused what would be happening to my remaining 1 year plus subscription to the old Flickr, but if you have any doubts about what is going on with an old PRO subscription read this. In short, Flickr is logically not allowed to change a running contract and as long as you still have an active PRO you can keep on renewing it for the old price. Keep in mind an old PRO account still has unlimited storage and costs half the price of a new ad-free subscription! Isn’t that nice? ^^