Flickr with 1TB of free space
Yahoo! is on a roll. After announcing the acquisition of popular blogging platform Tumblr, the Silicon Valley company has announced a complete revamp of its photo service Flickr at its New York City event. The all new Flickr is already live and comes with a whopping one terabyte of free photo storage.
Yahoo! SVP Adam Cahan said at the launch, “Flickr had become about words, little images, blue links. It was not about the photo anymore.” The new Flickr homepage now has images taking the centrestage. You’d be forgiven if you thought that you’d actually stumbled onto Instagram when you see the new Flickr page. The images are now larger and text takes a back seat.
There is a fancy new header, quite like Facebook’s, on top of your page. The all new Activity Feed on Flickr combines your friends’ recent uploads with activity on your photostream, in a convenient centralised hub of sorts.
The all new slideshow mode on Flickr displays your images beautifully, with music. The service now also supports up to three minutes of 1080p HD quality videos, since you now have one terabyte of space at your disposal. What’s more, Flickr is giving away enormous amounts of space for your high resolution photos. That just might be the highlight of this redesign. “We want all of your images,” says Flickr, and it plans to keep it all for free.
One thing Flickr users must note is that the service will no longer be offering Flickr Pro accounts. Earlier you could host unlimited photos and videos onto your account if you were a Pro user. You also had an ad-free experience. With the free version of Flickr now having massive space and new features, Pro accounts will now no longer be sold. Existing users of paid accounts can continue to use the service and even renew it from time to time. However, in a twist of irony, Yahoo! has been offering Pro account users the option to switch over to a free account till August 20. Unfortunately, you’ll neither be able to gift Pro accounts, nor will Pro users have the bragging rights of having the “Pro” badge displayed next to their names or buddy icons anymore.
The event also saw the announcement of the service’s all new Android app for phones and tablets. Flickr says that the app will maintain the original quality of your photos, which is reminiscent of the one it launched for the iPhone in December.