Sunday, May 26, 2013

Flickr, to stay or to leave

I was totally shocked last week when Flickr decided to change the user experience and it’s whole package! Wow! At first I was shocked and than I was angry and disappointed. I don’t think the change is necessary. I’ve been a Pro user since 2007 and I was happy with the service.

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And now I am not so sure. At the moment I just can’t find anything I like about the new look. I try not to be negative and resisted to change but the total revamp is really hard for a long time Flickr users like me. I think the new flickr users will like and enjoy the new look just because it looks a lot like Pinterest and Instagram.

I am using my Flickr account for my photo storage and at $24.95 a year it is still a good price.

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At the moment I just can’t find any other online photo storage that I like better than Flickr. After a lot of thought, I decided to continue my Flickr Pro account for another year just because I still can’t find a better online storage that is cheap and reliable. And I am also a loyal person, so giving a person or services that I have love for so long, a chance is something that I have to do.

I’ve heard that Flickr Pro is no longer being offered. How does that affect me?

As of May 20, 2013, we are no longer offering Flickr Pro subscriptions to the majority of our members. Some things to be aware of (with more details below):

  • Recurring Pro members currently have the ability to continue renewing at the same price.
  • Eligible Pro members can get a prorated refund for a limited time.
  • Eligible non-recurring Pro members can purchase a recurring Pro subscription.
  • The “Gift of Pro” will no longer be available for purchase.
  • Pro users will no longer appear with a “Pro” badge beside their name or buddy icon

Your Pro pricing remains the same and your benefits have improved:

  • Those who remain Pro will retain all their original benefits.
  • The photo and video size limits will be upgraded to those offered with our new free account.
  • If you are on a recurring Pro subscription, your payments will remain as is. To see what your current subscription costs, see the previous payment on in your order history.
  • Pro members will never be automatically transitioned to an Ad Free or Doublr subscription.

If you’d like to switch to a free account:

  • Eligible Pro members who switch to a free account by August 20, 2013 can receive aprorated refund on their purchase and will lose their Pro benefits immediately.
  • Pro members who cancel Pro after August 20, 2013 will retain Pro benefits until their subscription expiration date.

If you’d like to keep your Pro membership:

  • Anyone who was Pro at 12:00 am (midnight) GMT on May 20, 2013, may be eligible to sign up for recurring Pro in order to extend their Pro membership beyond its expiration date.
  • This applies to:
    • those whose one-time or gift Pro memberships expired after 12:00 am GMT.
    • those who are on a gifted Pro account.
    • those who have purchased one-off Pro and are set to expire in the future.
  • To keep your Pro status by signing up for a recurring Pro subscription, visit the account order page.
  • If you cancel your recurring subscription or opt for the prorated refund, you will no longer have the option to sign up for a recurring subscription.
  • If your recurring subscription expires after May 20, 2013, due to a failed payment, please contact the billing team.

“ – source Flickr page

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What do think about the new Flickr?
Do you love them or hate them?
If you are a Pro member, will you continue with the subscription or convert to free account?

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