Hello ALL ------------
To those of us members here at OGR who have a FLICKR photos membership and a (one or more) FLICKR PHOTOS webpages ---
Well, I just got an official notice email from FLICKR Photos that it has been taken over by SMUG MUG photos -- and also where if you don't want to continue under SMUG MUG and its usual Terms of Services (TOS) by May 18, 2018, you must self-DELETE your Flickr Account.
OTHERWISE -- your present FLICKR Account and webpages will be carried over and into the SMUG MUG Website parent website. If you DO want your FLICK site to carry over to Smug Mug, you can simply just do nothing by May 18th and your FLICKR site will be part of SMUG MUG automatically. SEE NOTICE BELOW:
The SmugMug acquisition brings to a close a long and frequently painful chapter for Flickr. Founded in 2004 by Stewart Butterfield and his then-wife, Caterina Fake, Flickr was sold a year later to Yahoo for $35 million after the service gained a massive following. Silicon Valley talked of the “Flickrization of Yahoo.” And Yahoo retired its photo service, Yahoo Photos, and made Flickr its flagship.
SMUG MUG is a NON FREE paid for photo hosting service ---having 4 member-account pay-plans -- but basically from $45 or so annually up to a higher level annual cost.
With Flickr I have an annual (grandfathered) PRO ACCOUNT for $ 24.95 annually, with unlimited storage and no ADS, and I have 2 other free accounts with a terabyte of storage each
The only thing good about this change is getting away from the dreaded and long incompetent Yahoo and questionable VERIZON ownership.
For FLICKR PHOTOS members, below is a link to the FLICKR Support Forum page -- having official and reader comments on this change and sale to SMUG MUG
Flickr: The Help Forum: [Official Thread] Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug - Discussion Post
Here BELOW ALSO are some industry articles about the FLICKR sale and plans -- LINKS BELOW
Flickr has a new owner as Verizon sells it to SmugMug. Don't freak out, SmugMug tells Flickr photographers
So, we will have to wait and see what happens. Being I have between 4 to 5 thousand photos over my 3 Flick Accounts, I will probably automatically morph over to SMUG MUG and wait to see what happens. They claim FLICKR will be kept the same (with improvements I expect) and as a separate venue -- but time will eventually tell. At least I (my photos) will be away from Yahoo, and the now Verizon "OATH" brand and their "forced to sign or be cut out" complicated and invasive multiple pages of TOS
regards - Joe F