The new Flickr: Goodbye customers, hello ads | TechHive
Now, everyone has 1TB of storage for free. That’s fantastic for people with free accounts, but there’s no longer an unlimited storage option, and 1TB is less than unlimited by, like, a lot. The new “Doublr” account adds a second terabyte worth of storage for the shockingly high price of $500 per year. (There’s also an account that costs $50 per year that does nothing but hide ads.) Compare this with the old Pro account, which provided unlimited uploads for $25 per year.
“Yahoo is betting that Flickr will be successful because of ad sales, not because of paying customers.”
This change also takes away all of the community-centric aspects of the business. You can no longer buy paid accounts as gifts for other people, and the Pro badge that appeared by a user’s name as a signifier of their participation is gone.