Yahoo, in an attempt to make its photo-hosting service Flickr relevant again, decided to offer 1TB of free space to all users. The downside? Everyone who doesn’t pay $ 50 per year gets ads.
An entire terabyte of space is a generous gift to users who still care about storing tons of high-resolution photos. (For the record, I’m one of them, but most people like posting low-resolution images to Instagram nowadays.) Nevertheless, not all users are pleased because the previous paid service offering didn’t have a storage limit (although existing pro users get grandfathered in). Flickr’s new “Ad Free” tier costs an extra $ 5 per year and puts a limit on storage. While 1TB seems like more than most anyone could need for their photo collection, Flickr also decided to offer a “doublr” tier that provides an extra terabyte of space for a whopping $ 500 per year.
While it’s hard to argue against the free space Flickr now offers its users, as the photo sharing service lost its momentum shortly after Yahoo acquired it (and slowed development to a crawl), we’re saddened to see the users who paid to support Flickr over the years get the short straw. Even still, the disenfranchised won’t find a better deal from Flickr’s rivals.