EDIT: I’ve revised this post, so read the whole thing to get the whole story.
Today in my news feed on my phone, I noticed an article about how yahoo was going to make flickr really awesome again. I remain a steadfast and paying fan of the service, but I did have to admit that it had lost ome of its luster compared to when I was first discovering all sorts of amazing work there back in, say, 2005-2008.
Anyway, I read the article while out on a shoot and forgot about it until I got home. My fingers did their auto-typing as usual, and when I absent-mindedly opened the new tab with flickr open, I was caught off guard. I didn’t expect it to be that different.
After playing with it all evening, though, I’m 100% behind the new version. It clearly puts images center stage again, and in a way that looks really nice. It’s not perfect (I don’t really like where comments/tags/etc are located now, for example), but overall it’s a huge step in a better direction.
Many have rightly claimed that flickr is too-often home to mountains of shit photography and endless circle-jerks surrounding mediocre photographers all petting each others’ egos. This is absolutely true. However, it’s also true that it remains an incredible treasure trove of quality work by many people from all over the world. I have discovered so much since joining, I can’t speak highly enough of it. Of course I wish it were easier/quicker to sort through the crap and get to the good stuff, but if it were it might not be so great to stumble into someone’s photostream and discover something remarkable.
So obviously I’m a fan of the new version of flickr. But what about you? What do you think?
I have now seen a lot of people bitching about the new design. A few people I know seem lukewarm on it, but most people who dislike it at all seem to hate it. As in completely hate it and think it’s terrible. I don’t agree, but I’d like it if someone who dislikes it could detail for me exactly why, as I’d like to understand the opposing opinion better. Any takers?
OK, so I still like the new design visually, but having just read about the changes to the Pro account system, that they’re charging $50/year to people to remove ads alone and FIVE HUNDRED FUCKING DOLLARS A YEAR for people to double their storage to TWO FUCKING TERABYTES (caps and obscenity because as of May, 2013 you can buy a 2TB hard drive for about $100), I’m about ready to jump ship. I’ll probably downgrade to the free account and not worry about the loss of stats. I won’t pull all my photos off flickr because I still get plenty of hits/exposure there, but the romance is gone. I’ve been a big proponent of flickr for years, but this is where it ends.
And in researching this, I came across this:
…there’s really no such thing as professional photographers anymore…
Quoth Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. And before you get on me, I know I’ve taken the quote out of context. I also haven’t cited a specific source because it seems to vary a little between different sources. It seems clear, though, that this is what was actually said and that she actually believes it.
I would bitch about this at length, but instead I’m just going to send you over to PetaPixel, where Cheri Frost has written it better than I think I could after a long day of photo shoots with a professional photographer (one who will be really bummed tomorrow when I tell him he doesn’t exist).
Read it here: RIP “Professional Photographers”
I’m not sure what I’ll replace flickr with, but I have options. While still problematic in ways, 1x and 500px both seem pretty good and I have friends who have repeatedly recommended them to me. I also know for a fact that I need to get a lot more involved with Behance and Glossom. Whatever I do, though, I don’t think I’ll be continuing with flickr. I still like the new look, but the CEO done shit the bed and I’m not going to stick around for the smell.