Flickr pro members have receved a letter from the SmugMug + Flickr CEO, telling in brief that Flickr is still loosing money. And that we should encourage our friends to go pro and pay. And that the pro subscription fee will increase next year. 

 

I saw so many companies bought with guarantees of perenity and big promises of evolution, terminated after a decent delay - the time necessary for people to forget these promises. So I can't help but feel the same scenario will happen with Flickr, in a year or two. 

My images are safely backed up, but I love sharing them with the Flickr community. So I hope I'm wrong. In any case, I have started to move my images in a personal website: a gallery not threatened by the appetites of the big business. 

What's your feelings and thoughts?

Ambre

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Hello, Ambre! Love your work! The "Monday night art study group" was at your church last night and I found my way to your website. Then Ze Moo found this post about Flickr.

Well, you're right, of course! Any internet property can, and often does, pull the plug on it's users with short notice.

"We just want to thank the community so much for making Fubar.com such a fantastic success! None of it would have been possible without you. We've recently been acquired by Netgiant.net as a talent acquisition. We've been paid crazy megabucks and are now retiring to the private island we bought with the money. Meanwhile, we'll be deleting all your wedding photos at noon tomorrow. Thank you for everything you made possible!"

Ultimately we do have to backup our own content. At least photography isn't as storage challenging as video is space-wise. But it can be very organizationall y challenging. And even with an internet giant like Google, the company itself might not fold, but they close individual products all the time.

The middle scenario, as you've suggested, is that maybe Flickr doesn't shut down, but Pro memberships keep increasing in price. Of course, IRL sometimes people get Property Taxed out of the home they theoretically "own", so to be fair, the issue isn't entirely unique to the net. Still, the net vendors train us to rely on them. They're convenient and have great reach that our individual websites rarely achieve. As your post describes, we have to remember that it can all come down tomorrow (so can SL itself, of course).

It's not a fun topic! But thank you for the important reminder Ambre. And thank you so much for all the beautiful work!

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