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Old 04-21-2018, 01:53 AM   #1
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Flikr acquired by SmugMug

I got an email announcement last night that photo sharing site Flikr has been acquired by SmugMug.

Flikr is a pretty common sharing site which provides free basic accounts of up to 1tb of storage, and paid accounts with additional benefits and storage.

What does this mean?
  • Flikr will cease to exist as a separate site as of May 25, 2018
  • Existing Flikr accounts will be converted to SmugMug accounts on May 25, 2018
  • If you do not want your Flikr account migrated to SmugMug, you must delete your Flikr account before May 25, 2018
  • SmugMug does not currently offer any free hosting plans - the cheapest plan is the Basic plan, which costs $5.99 monthly, or $47.88 if billed annually

I happen to be a SmugMug member myself. I've had an account with them for several years and I'm very pleased with the features. However, because SmugMug caters to professional photographers and photo enthusiasts, it has a lot of features and options, which makes it more complex to use than a simple free photo sharing site, so I think a lot of Flikr users with free accounts will probably want to jump ship rather than pay for a SmugMug account.

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We’re excited to announce that Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug, the photography platform dedicated to visual storytellers.

SmugMug has a long history of empowering people who love photography and who want to improve their craft, making them a perfect fit for Flickr and our creative community. With SmugMug, we’ll continue to focus on you, the Flickr members who inspire us all with your work.

Nothing will change immediately with regard to your Flickr account. You will still access Flickr with your current login credentials and you will have the same Flickr experience as you do now. We will continue to work to make your Flickr experience even better.

We think you are going to love Flickr under SmugMug ownership, but you can choose to not have your Flickr account and data transferred to SmugMug until May 25, 2018. If you want to keep your Flickr account and data from being transferred, you must go to your Flickr account to download the photos and videos you want to keep, then delete your account from your Account Settings by May 25, 2018.

If you do not delete your account by May 25, 2018, your Flickr account and data will transfer to SmugMug and will be governed by SmugMug’s Terms and Privacy Policy.

Read more detailed FAQs about this transition on the Flickr Blog.

We’re happy that Flickr is your home for photography and we look forward to the next chapter in our adventure together as we join the SmugMug family.
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Ugh, that is a pain, as I know a lot of us were using Flickr as a free hosting site, after Photobucket put their prices up. I have a load of photos with Photobucket and now their prices are getting more reasonable, I was going to back to them, knowing I could leave my photos on Flickr. I'll have to decide what I want to do now....
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What are the free options now?
I liked Flikr, was easy and not super slow and ad laden (like Photobucket).
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Man! I liked Flickr as I found it so easy to use. This will have a big impact on whether I do more TR....
If we delete a Flickr account, past TR’s will have all the pictures missing, correct? If we allow it to migrate to SmugMug, but don’t pay for an account, will the pictures still show up on trip reports?
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I just went to my Flikr page and it says

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Will Flickr continue to offer a free version? Will Flickr’s price change?
Absolutely. Flickr’s free accounts are foundational to its community of influential and engaged photographers. We are not making any changes to Flickr plans or rates at this time. We’ll let Flickr Pro customers know if that changes.
Who knows when this will change though
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Well, at least that's something I guess....
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Ugh, that is a pain, as I know a lot of us were using Flickr as a free hosting site, after Photobucket put their prices up. I have a load of photos with Photobucket and now their prices are getting more reasonable, I was going to back to them, knowing I could leave my photos on Flickr. I'll have to decide what I want to do now....

The 3rd Party Hosting plan on Photobucket is still $399 a year, and hasn't come down unless you got a special e-mail, like SuperDave.
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The 3rd Party Hosting plan on Photobucket is still $399 a year, and hasn't come down unless you got a special e-mail, like SuperDave.
You haven't got one of those? I keep getting them, but I don't need to renew until June, so I haven't used one yet....
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You haven't got one of those? I keep getting them, but I don't need to renew until June, so I haven't used one yet....
No, I haven't gotten one, and my subscription ran out in November 2017, so I doubt I will get one.
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No, I haven't gotten one, and my subscription ran out in November 2017, so I doubt I will get one.
Oh wow, Ok that's worth knowing....
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This Q&A on the Flickr blog has some good information about the acquisition.
http://blog.flickr.net/en/2018/04/20...ug-flickr-faq/

These two questions in particular may be of interest to Flickr users:

What are SmugMug’s plans for Flickr? Will the products be merged?
SmugMug loves Flickr and they want us to keep on being Flickr. There is no plan to merge the products. As we spend more time with the SmugMug team, we hope to find ways to coordinate our development work and provide two great destinations dedicated to visual storytellers and creatives.

Will Flickr continue to have free accounts?
Yes. When Flickr joins SmugMug on May 25th, we will continue to offer free Flickr accounts.
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This Q&A on the Flickr blog has some good information about the acquisition.
http://blog.flickr.net/en/2018/04/20...ug-flickr-faq/

These two questions in particular may be of interest to Flickr users:

What are SmugMug’s plans for Flickr? Will the products be merged?
SmugMug loves Flickr and they want us to keep on being Flickr. There is no plan to merge the products. As we spend more time with the SmugMug team, we hope to find ways to coordinate our development work and provide two great destinations dedicated to visual storytellers and creatives.

Will Flickr continue to have free accounts?
Yes. When Flickr joins SmugMug on May 25th, we will continue to offer free Flickr accounts.
Sounds like we will be fine then.
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