While it's gaining popularity compared to the big social networks, the Flickr photo-sharing site still exists. Founded in 2004 and bought by Yahoo for over $ 20 million in 2005, Flickr grew to around 75 million accounts, but has long since been replaced by social media giants like Facebook and Instagram. But now Flickr has a new owner, the professional photo hosting service SmugMug, and promises to do the best for the site and its users.
The price of the acquisition was not disclosed, but SmugMug says the two services join Together, we create "the most influential photographer-centric community in the world". SmugMug's CEO Don MacAskill added, "Flickr has survived through thick and thin and is at the heart of the entire Internet."
SmugMug has promised to devote more attention and resources to Flickr than they received on Yahoo, along with its future owner, Verizon, and that the site will continue to operate separately as before. MacAskill admitted USA Today that he has no concrete plans for Flickr: "I do not know what the future holds, this is a new model for me," adding "It sounds silly to the CEO, not totally knowing what he's going to do … we try to listen to our customers and if enough of them asks for something important to them or the community, we go and build it. "
There are going to be some changes over time, especially Flickr will move away from the Yahoo login system, but Free and Flickr Pro accounts will continue to work the same way now. SmugMug noted that Flickr would eventually switch to its technology infrastructure with its photos and accounts, but everything remains accessible on Flickr.
"When we make changes, we'll make sure the changes will work better," it says on the SmugMug FAQ page. "We will ensure that we include our loyal customers in the process as we develop both SmugMug and Flickr." It seems that Flickr's new owner at least matches better than Yahoo or Verizon, and has at least the best service interests in mind.
SOURCE Flickr, SmugMug