Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gives each Flickr user 1TB free storage

“Photos tell the stories — stories we’re inspired to relive, share with our friends, or capture simply to express ourselves. Collecting these moments is a part of our everyday,” Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, blogs via Yahoo’s tumblr. “Since 2005, Flickr has become synonymous with inspiring imagery. Today, we’re thrilled to take Flickr even further with a beautiful, completely re-imagined experience that puts photos front and center.”

“When it comes to photography, technology and its limits shouldn’t hinder the experience. So we’re also giving our Flickr users one terabyte of space — for free [$50 per year to remove the ads – MDN Ed.],” Mayer explains. “That’s enough for a lifetime of photos — more than 500,000 original, full-resolution, pixel-perfect, brilliant photos. Flickr users will never have to worry about running out of space.”

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer<br>(photo by Brigitte Lacombe)
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
(photo by Brigitte Lacombe)
Mayer writes, “Flickr’s stunning new desktop design puts photos at the heart of the experience. Built around a new photostream that gives you a vivid and endlessly scrolling gallery, it’s easy to see what your friends are posting and what they’re saying about your photos. And because Flickr has always been about exploring photographs from users around the world, we’ve also created a new slideshow that displays the most spectacular Flickr photos in gorgeous full-screen.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Smart.

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    1. SmugMug. It’s the best. It’s what the pros use. Apple certainly could do better in this area. They’ve eliminated MobileMe and Gallery. They weren’t perfect but they were better than what we have now. Services. It’s the one area that Apple just can’t get it right.

    1. I may have 1 TB, but I tried to create a fourth set and iPhoto uploaded it and promptly deleted it again, as it did with the old 200MB free accounts. “1TB, half a million photos, but be sure not to exceed three sets?” Agreed, it sounds like a great idea, but it will need work from both Yahoo and Apple.

      1. As a test, I just now went into a newly created free Flickr account, using their website, and created 10 sets to see if there was any limitation, and there was none. Could the limitation you saw be a bug relating to pre-existing accounts?

    2. I’ve been waiting for Apple to pick up Dropbox for a long time. But they’re too big now. At one time Apple could have rolled them into the ecosystem effortlessly. It would really have helped Apple in the services area.

        1. The problem with iDisk was that it was slow, extremely buggy, often off-line, and generally frustrating to use. In the years that I have been using Dropbox, I have yet to be tripped up by a cryptic permissions error, disappearing data, or sync failure. It just works. Like Apple things should. I’ve used Apple’s web services from the iTools days right up through iCloud. I’ve always appreciated them, but been frustrated by them. I don’t love everything about Dropbox, but I might if Apple owned it and made the cloud really just work. It’s the one weak link in the ecosystem, and why I’m frustrated by apps that sync only with iCloud OR Dropbox.

  1. Not completely good news. Flickr eliminated Pro Accounts. No more unlimited storage and other features (except for grandfathered members). $50/mo just to eliminate ads alone is priced more for discouragement than for the option itself.

    Thus the inability to make more than three sets… unless they are still working on that.

    1. @MacSmiley – That’s $50/year for no ads. But it still sucks because they doubled the price for no ads and they’re kind of vague but it sounds like you still wouldn’t have as much capability as with a former Pro account. I’m outta there.

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