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The new look of Flickr, as seen on Connect's own Lars Rehm's account.

Flickr fans rejoice! A major update to the photo sharing service has completely revamped the look of user accounts and granted everyone a free terabyte of space -- though this comes at its own price paid in advertising. Android users can also update to a less buggy mobile version of the Flickr app now live in the Google Play store.

The more photocentric appearance may look somewhat familiar to users who noticed similar changes taking place on their Contacts page recently. The changes also include a prominent customizable cover photo, a new slideshow mode and a new Activity Feed that combines your friends’ recent uploads with activity on your own photos. That terabyte of storage should support more than 500,000 images, up to 200MB per photo, to encourage full resolution image sharing. Flickr will also now support video playback up to three minutes per video at 1080p HD quality.

Flickr announced the changes on its blog today. Many of the questions now flooding Flickr's help forums have to do with the impact on Pro accounts.

Both the Sets and individual photo pages ...
... have adopted the new design.

It seems the Pro subscription model officially ends today and you'll no longer see your Pro badge. (Flickr will be sending current Pro members more information via email.) Instead, account levels will be labeled as Free, Ad Free and Doublr. Ad Free accounts will cost $49.99 annually and exclude advertising. Doublr accounts are $499.99 per year and include two terabytes of photo and video space.

Let's hear from you: What do you think of Flickr's new changes? 

Comments

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SirSeth
By SirSeth (10 months ago)

I believe the new flickr to be far cleaner, more photocentric, nice on space, and the adds are tasteful. The design will lend well to future developments and compatibility with touch screen devices. I can't think of anything right off I like better about the old flickr. I will use flickr more now simply because of it's clean look.

0 upvotes
HubertChen
By HubertChen (11 months ago)

Why is everyone so upset about Clean Layout, Full resolution pictures and practically unlimited storage ?

I admit I am a strange cat. I have not been active at flickr for years. I am gearing up to to publish portfolios frequently. So I am looking for a site with a clean layout and which could host my full resolution pictures. A site that is fast to use, fast to load and which has no monthly upload limits.

I did dabble with my old account and cleaned it up a bit. All seems to be logical and responsive.

The new flickr seems to fit the bill. How come the changes in the new flickr are so bad everybody is complaining about ? What am I not seeing ?

What is the better alternative ? What can google+ do that flickr can not? I have limited time and need to make a decision which photo sharing site to pick. Any comments are welcome. Thank you.

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HubertChen
By HubertChen (11 months ago)

About Speed,

I read a lot of complaints about loading has slowed down with the new flickr. I live in China with a notoriously slow internet connection. For me the loading speed and responsiveness has dramatically improved. I for one am impressed for having a cleaner UI with faster speed.

Anyone knows how to show descriptions?

Is there a way that the viewer of a Picture in a Photostream or Set can view the Description, say with a Roll Over ? The only way I found was to click a picture which will bring you to loading a new page and then you have to scroll down. This is not a fluent viewing experience. I spend quite a bit of time searching forums and FAQ of flickr, but I cold not find it. If anyone knows, I will appreciate if you let me know as a reply to this comment. I will look for it. Thank you in advance!

0 upvotes
ciao_chao
By ciao_chao (11 months ago)

I felt that it wasn't finalised before rollout, lots of little bugs which admittedly much has been solved recently, but still shows an ignorance to compatibility. A bit embarrasing really.

The thing is they've fixed everything that isn't faulty with Flickr and continued to ignore some serious problems, namely the limited nature of group administration.

It doesn't really matter since nobody ever listens.

0 upvotes
Daxs
By Daxs (11 months ago)

I like much better! Something new! Before was to old style!

1 upvote
tallguy600
By tallguy600 (11 months ago)

I like it, looks way better than before on my 27" Dell u2713 screen.

2 upvotes
Vitasamb2001
By Vitasamb2001 (11 months ago)

For those who miss old style Flickr there is a petition going around:
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/change-flickr-back?source=s.icn.em.cp&r_by=7929462

PETITION STATEMENT
We ask you to please change Flickr back to its old style. The new style is incredibly poorly done and we had no chance to opt out or even pick between the new and old style.
Petition Background
Recently Flickr did a remodel of the site and it was VERY poorly done. I am hoping to get at least 10,000 signatures to turn into Marissa Mayer. Please share this with all your friends!

1 upvote
Vitasamb2001
By Vitasamb2001 (11 months ago)

For those who miss old style Flickr there is a petition going around:
petitions.moveon.org/sign/change-flickr-back?source=s.icn...
PETITION STATEMENT
We ask you to please change Flickr back to its old style. The new style is incredibly poorly done and we had no chance to opt out or even pick between the new and old style.
Petition Background
Recently Flickr did a remodel of the site and it was VERY poorly done. I am hoping to get at least 10,000 signatures to turn into Marissa Mayer. Please share this with all your friends!

0 upvotes
Mikago
By Mikago (11 months ago)

Can you explain what is "more photocentric" about squeezing as many photos as possible onto a page by minimizing the space between them? Without any form of separation between different collections/sets of photos which are often very different in their look? Same for introducing an obligatory cover photo which may or may not fit in with my other photos on display?
I'm also not exactly happy about some of the other changes, for example, I find the page that now appears upon logging in both awkward to look at and to navigate.
Regarding the new accounts / pricing policy I can at least comprehend why they do it, but my guess is that for most users it's no improvement to have 1TB for free at the price of ads, or having to pay 49.99 for ad-freedom.
Some of the other issues people are complaining about I can excuse as hiccups related to launching a new system (though I do wonder whether they couldn't have been avoided).

2 upvotes
Valterj
By Valterj (11 months ago)

Bad, bad Panda!

A girl with a false panda (image)

- This is the new error message in flickr... I've seen twice, today.

1 upvote
rowlandw
By rowlandw (11 months ago)

Now I have an excuse to cancel all things Yahoo. I only stayed in because of flickr, and now flickr is no longer worth it to me.

1 upvote
peteRocketmail
By peteRocketmail (11 months ago)

Cancelled my pro account earlier this year and now closed down my free account. Flickr used to be a great community but sadly I no longer feel the same.

1 upvote
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

All I can say, is http://www.ipernity.com/ and, you know it makes sense.

0 upvotes
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

I am going to sue Yahoo! as I am now suffering from dizzy spells for having looked at the site for a few short 10-minute spells.

0 upvotes
tiberiousgracchus
By tiberiousgracchus (11 months ago)

im dizzy

0 upvotes
rogerhyam
By rogerhyam (11 months ago)

I just bought a pro account and now they are scrapping it. Isn't the Ad Free one twice the price?

Ho hum.... and I was just sold to Sky by O2 as a broadband customer as well.

Perhaps I should self host my photos

1 upvote
al_in_philly
By al_in_philly (11 months ago)

Bye-bye Flickr. It used to be a vehicle for serious photographers to share their images with one another. Apparently Flickr is going after the cameraphone crowd with its new look and layout. Look on the "help" pages at Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157633547442506/ ), at last count it was almost 18,000 complaints posted on one string--there are quite a few parallel strings running about the changes. If they don't do something fast to recapture its traditional market, it's going to go the way of all things Yahoo. Well, I've been meaning to just throw up my own photo website anyhow; now seems the time. . .

2 upvotes
Lights
By Lights (11 months ago)

I still like Pbase. Old and clunky, Once in a great while breaks down...but the user interface is very easy to customize, you get 800mb a year (not like Flickr but who has 1TB of good photos?), the navigation is easy, the display qualities good for 24.95 and NO adds. I'm just using this to illustrate a point, since there are many equally good photo services available Zenfolio, Smugmug etc. etc....maybe some better...and many not mentioned. From what I've seen on the new Flickr, it's flashy etc. It all seems like Flickriver now sort of to me, endless. Is it going to hurt the groups and communities that have grown up around them? Has Flickr shot itself in the foot?

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Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

http://www.ipernity.com/ = like the old Flickr

0 upvotes
Viramati
By Viramati (11 months ago)

Unmitigated disaster

5 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (11 months ago)

Assuming your setup can handle unending streams of photos, I think it's unfortunate, but workable. I detect an underlying philosophy. Photos are plentiful and cheap/free so why not plaster the page with as many as possible. To me, this is like Lucille Ball on the assembly line at the candy factory but obviously, instant gratification is more popular than taking time to study individual photos.

4 upvotes
EricLassiter
By EricLassiter (11 months ago)

+1

0 upvotes
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

Hear, hear.

0 upvotes
InTheMist
By InTheMist (11 months ago)

Anyone else having trouble with stats? I keep getting a "not the page you're looking for" error.

0 upvotes
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

No problems with stats here.

BTW yesterday's Flickr = today's ipernity :)

0 upvotes
ralphdaily
By ralphdaily (11 months ago)

Big improvement to me. I hated all that white space. Now I can quickly see photos and scroll down. Just bought another two years on my pro subscription so I'm good to March 2016. Wanted to keep the stats, didn't want ads, and renewal price half of the ad free.

7 upvotes
EricLassiter
By EricLassiter (11 months ago)

Ugh. A contact or two posts a mediocre or worse photo (it happens) and that image(s) shows up filling most of my opening screen. Ugh. Thumbnails, please. But wait, those thumbnails don't play well with smart phones or tablets. And that's what this re-design seems about. But why alienate a large part of your audience, those who primarily or exclusively view flickr on computer monitors?

3 upvotes
xlynx9
By xlynx9 (11 months ago)

Here's what I've been able to clarify via FAQ updates and staff communications today:

The missing "replace" feature was an oversight. They've now enabled it for all account types, but there's a bug currently breaking it for free accounts.

They've expanded renew options so anyone on pro can configure auto-renew to stay on pro indefinitely (you should do this now, no options after expiry).

0 upvotes
xlynx9
By xlynx9 (11 months ago)

Clarifications:
Free accounts now have all the advantages of Pro accounts except stats, being free of ads, unlimited storage (but seriously, 1tb is a lot).

They are working on providing a disk usage stat for Pro members considering moving to Free. But you can also estimate it fairly easily. There's a calculator here if you don't know your average image size. http://www.flickr.com/new#storage

Unlike Pro, the new Ad Free account does does not contain stats, has a storage limit, costs twice as much, and does not remove ads for your viewers.

There is zero benefit for moving from pro to the $50 or $500 options. There are only disadvantages. There is zero benefit for moving to a Free account besides it being free.

You have until august 20 to get a prorata refund if you wish to take the 1-way plunge to Free.

1 upvote
Erland Nielsen
By Erland Nielsen (11 months ago)

I wonder how the adds are implemented ? Will they show up at places that would otherwise have been used for an image ? I can't check it myself, can't even find a way to log off my flickr account,

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The A-Team
By The A-Team (11 months ago)

And why is this article on Connect?

1 upvote
panos_m
By panos_m (11 months ago)

Probably because iPhone is the most popular camera in Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/cameras

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1 upvote
brudy
By brudy (11 months ago)

It's so awful from so many perspectives I don't know where to begin.

10 upvotes
Lights
By Lights (11 months ago)

:-)

0 upvotes
MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (11 months ago)

I guess I'm in the minority - I like the look and feel on both my pc and tablet. If they resolve the latency, it's a winner for me...

13 upvotes
MisterPootieCat
By MisterPootieCat (11 months ago)

Yeah, I like the new look too but it really does suck down the bandwidth. It also looks like I can keep my pro account indefinitely, assuming I don't let the subscription expire.

0 upvotes
wansai
By wansai (11 months ago)

I really like the new look. I'd rather the pictures just tile and stand out over how it was previously laid out which had a lot of unnecessary distractions.

2 upvotes
beeguy956
By beeguy956 (11 months ago)

Unnecessary distractions like what? The photo title? Now if you're looking for a specific picture in a set you can't find it without mousing over to see the title and caption.

0 upvotes
58Special
By 58Special (11 months ago)

I miss old flikr big time

9 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (11 months ago)

It looks like the same people that designed the new nascar.com did the new flickr.

0 upvotes
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

I just discovered that clicking on "Edit" on your "You" page will bring up the old page layout.

4 upvotes
Bram de Mooij
By Bram de Mooij (11 months ago)

I think they will fix that. lol

4 upvotes
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

I have just bet $5,000 that they will ;-)

1 upvote
sammie619
By sammie619 (11 months ago)

How I wish it would stay like that! I like the look of the smaller picturs on the photostream so much better. I miss the old Flicrk so much. It's like an old friend is gone.

4 upvotes
Lights
By Lights (11 months ago)

If it's still available, it's strange why they don't let the viewer customize it, if they like the old look better. Think you will win your bet though.

0 upvotes
beeguy956
By beeguy956 (11 months ago)

It only works on your own though, not anyone else's. You can manually add "?details=1" to the end of the url (which is what clicking on the edit button does), but that's a pain.

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Bram de Mooij
By Bram de Mooij (11 months ago)

I still like it :-)

2 upvotes
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

I like it even less, now that I have played around with it. As someone else said somewhere else, the site looks as if it has been hacked.

0 upvotes
ChrisAdv
By ChrisAdv (11 months ago)

so... this means Pro users are automatically in the ad-free user format?

0 upvotes
dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (11 months ago)

Yes. And pros still gets unlimited space, which new subscribers can't buy anymore.

0 upvotes
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

But possibly not if it was a gifted subscription, according to mashable. WTF? I have always renewed via gift. Geez!

0 upvotes
xlynx9
By xlynx9 (11 months ago)

no. pro stays pro. ad free is a different account type. It does not include stats and only hides ads for you. Unlike pro, it still displays ads for your viewers.

Comment edited 37 seconds after posting
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Pix Man
By Pix Man (11 months ago)

RIP Flickr, you had a good run. I'm sad to see you go.

4 upvotes
EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (11 months ago)

more crap designed for tablets rather than pc's

8 upvotes
inframan
By inframan (11 months ago)

This new version of Flickr is a navigational nightmare & it's not just a matter of getting used to. As a longtime SW developer I call this the "No Way Out" school of design. It looks like the site's been hacked.

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Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

“There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief

“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief
Businessmen, they drink my wine...

Bob Dylan, All Along the Watchtower

Read more: http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/all-along-watchtower#ixzz2U5ISDAfp

0 upvotes
panos_m
By panos_m (11 months ago)

One of the big complains is the justified default picture arrangement on the photostream page (many pictures one on the other :)). In the Contacts->Recent Photos page there is the option to change the justified view to square, small, medium and large. Unfortunately this doesn't work yet. I am expecting this kind of custom view option to added to all the thumbnail pages. When and if this happen it will cure one of the bigger complaints I believe. Let's give them some time. For the moment I noticed this page which let you customize recent activity:
http://www.flickr.com/activity/customized/

0 upvotes
Poweruser
By Poweruser (11 months ago)

What an ugly "Web 3.0" mess.

12 upvotes
Maji
By Maji (11 months ago)

The new Flickr sucks big time.

10 upvotes
brumd
By brumd (11 months ago)

I deleted my Flickr Pro account last year October, one of the reasons because I got so annoyed with the obsolete interface and small pictures (especially on older uploads, even though they were stored in much higher resolution), but today I signed up again!
Even though it takes a little bit of time to get used to the new interface, this is what I wanted!

And it's kinda funny to read all the negative comments about the changes after Flickr being bashed for years for lagging behind competitors in terms of user interface. :) O well, can't please them all..

12 upvotes
Poweruser
By Poweruser (11 months ago)

>funny to read all the negative comments about the changes after Flickr being bashed for years for lagging behind competitors<

Not by me.

5 upvotes
Stephenhampshire
By Stephenhampshire (11 months ago)

Not by me either. Lots to like in the new UI but the fatal flaw with the photostream - all pictures jammed together, portrait format reduced down to fit and squeezed in with landscape and panoramic shots. Yuuk. The new homepage which for me barely shows 1 photo and my name in HUGE letters taking up 1/3 screen even though I know who I am (forcing me to use the slow, endless scroll feature) at least can be avoided. Individual photos look nice and presumably slideshows will work again one day. I will keep my account and use it for storage, but not bother posting to groups anymore, nor to provide links back to the site. I hope uploading speeds will soon return to pre update levels and all the menu functions will eventually work

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Stephan735i
By Stephan735i (11 months ago)

I'm a paying pro user and I'am VERY dissatisfied so much that I won't countinue with Flickr but instead switch to other sites. I started on Ipernity today.

I HATE that you don't get a overview on your own and others pictures including information. I could prior to this AWFUL downgrade see 8-12 photots including information at once. Now I have to click on each and everyone. This takes soon much time that I rather do something else. The design is also awful, WHY och WHY is there a black blanket over everything?? The persons responsible for this most be ex workers from Lehman brothers. It's so mindblowing stupid and it will kill of all current users.

Regards from Sweden/Stephan

7 upvotes
dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (11 months ago)

Click on the Edit button and you'll see the old view.

0 upvotes
sammie619
By sammie619 (11 months ago)

I finally know what the new Flickr format reminds me of - the page that comes up when you do a google image search. It is a mass of pictures like that except they are bigger and take longer to load.

I just signed up for www.ipernity.com and it looks like it is going to be a nice photo sharing site.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
9 upvotes
skyrail
By skyrail (11 months ago)

I was wondering if my internet connection was suddenly so bad to slow flickr display.
Now, i am convinced it's due to some flicker changement that cause flickr display even slower than before that.
I'll wait for a few weeks to see if the tech will fix it!

2 upvotes
xlynx9
By xlynx9 (11 months ago)

yeah they are still having issues, I think they will sort that out over the next few days.

0 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (11 months ago)

I understand the need for an update (they weren't making enough money; nothing else was broken) but I don't see the attaction of having photos "served" at you as if they were coming out of a firehose. Instead of a photostream, its like a torrential photo-flood.

7 upvotes
EricLassiter
By EricLassiter (11 months ago)

Bring back the thumbnails on flickr homepage. I really don't want to have to scroll through large versions of every image posted by each of my contacts. Thumbnails. I could pick and choose which to look at more closely. And maps? Maps for each photo are gone.

9 upvotes
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

Hadn't noticed about the maps. Bugger! And, yes, I/we want thumbnails. It's a no-brainer, really. Sheesh!

4 upvotes
brumd
By brumd (11 months ago)

nope, they aren't gone. Just click on the text that says where the picture was taken (right below date info and right above camera info)

2 upvotes
EricLassiter
By EricLassiter (11 months ago)

You are correct, brumd, on the maps. Thanks. Give it a chance, I know, but it seems a lot more clicks to navigate the site.

0 upvotes
joe6pack
By joe6pack (11 months ago)

I think the interface is slower because flickrr is getting a lot of attention because of the 1TB stunt.

I am very interested in using flickr as a backup for my photos in case my HDD failed, broken or stolen. Some photos are quite precious and no free cloud drive services are large enough for all my photos. Does anyone know an easy way to upload all my photos to flickr?

1 upvote
jorgedeepsea
By jorgedeepsea (11 months ago)

lightroom or aperture3 will do for you

1 upvote
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

I just wouldn't totally rely on Flickr if I were you.

3 upvotes
sammie619
By sammie619 (11 months ago)

To me, the new Flickr format is just too busy and crowded. Everything is jammed together so closely on the main photo stream page. Each individual photo page seems disjointed and the info about the photo isn't as easy to assimilate.

There is another site www.ipernity.com that is very similar to what Flickr used to be like. They will even import all your flickr photos.

4 upvotes
Elyharbour
By Elyharbour (11 months ago)

Well sorry guys but I didn't like the old Flickr interface at all! It needed an update. Loads fast enough on my PC, but I do have a fast system that I avoid filling up with non-photo junk and programs, so I'm not best placed to comment on speed.

3 upvotes
ChrisSwiss
By ChrisSwiss (11 months ago)

Great news! Does that mean you are using your fast system to fill it up with photo junk then?

2 upvotes
DLBlack
By DLBlack (11 months ago)

Didn't fully work on my old desktop computer. My photostream never did load., just the two flashing little pink and blue dots in the middle. On my Android tablet everything works good.

0 upvotes
inframan
By inframan (11 months ago)

Interesting. Now Flickr has managed to shed the last of its individuality, originality & uniqueness & looks like every other eye-candy website that holds your attention for about 5 seconds .

If this is the direction Yahoo takeovers are heading, I give MM < 3 years at the helm.

11 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (11 months ago)

Less.

4 upvotes
xlynx9
By xlynx9 (11 months ago)

less than less? wow that's really quite less.

1 upvote
Sonyshine
By Sonyshine (11 months ago)

Even DPReview see fit to talk about Flickr on their mobile phone site.

Has it come to this that Flickr has become another juvenile infested forum full of junk photography like Facebook?

I have to say I am really upset by the new Flickr.

The interface is awful and if this is the direction its heading I may well get left behind.

11 upvotes
3systermuser
By 3systermuser (11 months ago)

the real issue here is the new look of it with extremely slow UI, I do not mind paying but the slow and annoying UI is really bad and really frustrates me.
I am looking for something else but there is nothing as good as Flickr yet , maybe Zenfolio?
Pbase looks like also lousy and kind of unpopular these days.
maybe will Google come up with some better idea?

2 upvotes
EricLassiter
By EricLassiter (11 months ago)

Zenfolio is a Web-hosting service for photographers. It is not a social-sharing site.

0 upvotes
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

Well, there is always Tumblr. Seriously. If explored correctly - many, many themes are available - you can create a very nice site for yourself. Perhaps not quite the same in terms of social interactions as Flickr, but even so.

1 upvote
xlynx9
By xlynx9 (11 months ago)

500px is the most "flickr-like". But I prefer flickr.

0 upvotes
Mr Tudor
By Mr Tudor (11 months ago)

@xlynx9 No, ipertiny is: http://www.ipernity.com Go there, you will get a (pleasant) shock.

0 upvotes
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