Marissa Mayer was Yahoo!’s long due luminary. This past week, while the limelight has been on Yahoo!’s Tumblr acquisition which Ms Mayer promised not to screw up, the company conveniently — and quite interestingly — kept their plans for Flickr under wraps. Today, Flickr just got a new lease of life but with confusing things happening to Flickr Pro.
A powerful product
Flickr was doubtless Yahoo!’s most powerful product albeit being underrated in recent times. What was once quite a revolutionary service had begun to grow stale in terms of design and feel while still retaining a powerful inner working. Flickr felt abandoned.
One of the biggest petitions Ms Mayer got when she left Google to take over the helm of Yahoo! was to resurrect Flickr — I remember I was one of the millions who signed that petition.
I always loved Flickr. It was powerful and social and accessible like no other photo sharing site, and it remains so even today. While Google+ and others have fast developed, Flickr is a whole new game on an entirely different playground nobody has dared to venture into given Flickr’s dominance with millions of account holders and over 8 billion photographs shared.
Flickr versus the competition
This is also why I still have and will continue to renew my paid, Flickr Pro, account on Flickr. (We will come to that shortly.) Now several other services are vying to dominate the market, including SmugMug, ZenFolio, 1px and perhaps the youngest of the lot, 500px. Continue reading