Photo sharing site SmugMug – used by consumers and professionals alike – has agreed to acquire Flickr from Yahoo owner Oath. The contract provides that Flickr will continue to operate as a separate entity.
The goal is to expand what is known as "the world's best home for photography" and build on Flickr's existing 1
Both companies want to emphasize that nothing will change. That said, SmugMug says it will migrate Flickr to SmugMug's technology infrastructure, but there's no indication of when this will happen. The company also says "we have no plans for immediate change", but of course this does not completely exclude changes, and the term "immediate" is open to interpretation.
A message on the SmugMug website
SmugMug has taken over Flickr
If you use our products today, just rest, they're not going anywhere.
The future is bright, but we will only get together.
Let's do it.
In an FAQ about the takeover, SmugMug says:
What happens to my Flickr account? What will happen to my Smugmug account?
Absolutely nothing. Flickr and SmugMug will both operate separately as before. Your SmugMug and Flickr accounts will remain separate and independent for the foreseeable future.
Both Flickr and SmugMug users will continue logging in with their current credentials and you will have the same experience you are used to. As things change for Flickr in the future, we will be as transparent as possible about the process and will inform you as much as possible about the issues that matter to you.
Flickr users who have questions about what procurement can contact the official discussion thread in the site's Help Forums.