Users with free Flickr accounts will be able to store only up to 1,000 photos or videos from next year, as the image hosting service deploys new subscription plans.
“We believe that this is the right path to build a sustainable future for Flickr and our community so that we can continue to develop features and products that shape the world of photography in the years to come,” said Flickr product VP Andrew Stadlen, as He announced the changes.
The limit will begin on January 8 of next year, while users will have until February 5 to download their images, or they will risk that the files be removed from the oldest to the most recent, until the account contains only 1,000 files.
Free users can upgrade to a Flickr Pro account for unlimited storage at US $ 49.99 (RM208.36) per year or US $ 5.99 (RM24.97) per month.
Other professional advantages include non-public browsing for them and those who visit their website, a 5K resolution screen, longer videos at 10 minutes (up to three minutes), advanced statistics in the photographic audience and priority service to the service. client.
Stadlen explains that the limit was chosen because more than 97% of Free members have less than 1,000 photos and videos, while most professional users had more than 1,000.
He adds that using a number instead of calculating by storage size was due to the fact that it is easier to remember the number of images than its actual file size, and this would eliminate the need to compress the images to save space.
Some other changes include the ability to log in with any email instead of just a Yahoo account, Pro account enhancements and additional benefits for Flickr members.
“To be honest, we are driving into the future of Flickr with an eye in the rearview mirror, we are confident that Flickr’s brightest days are coming, but we remain very aware that past mistakes have alienated some members. of our community, “he admits.
He adds that Yahoo’s decision to offer all users one terabyte of “amazing” free storage was a mistake that had very negative consequences.
Stadlen says the movement attracted members who were attracted to free storage, not because of commitment to other lovers of photography and community interaction.
“Secondly, you can say a lot about a product because of how it generates money. Giving away large amounts of storage creates data that can be sold to advertisers, with the inevitable result that the interests of advertisers have priority over their own, “he says.
Ensures that eliminating excessive free storage would allow Flickr to operate with subscriptions, making users the priority.
“Because storing tens of billions of photos of Flickr members is astonishingly expensive, we need our most active members to help us continue to invest in the stability, growth and innovation of Flickr,” he says.