Flickr revamped, comes with 1TB of free storage

It's been a heck of a busy day at Yahoo as the company has already announced plans to acquire the Tumblr blog service for $1.1 billion. Today, Yahoo held its previously announced media event in New York City and while they did mention the Tumblr news, the focus of the press conference was its Flickr online photo service.

In a post on the Flickr blog, Yahoo stated that from now on, free users of Flickr can look forward to using 1 TB of storage space for their photos and videos. The blog stated:

At Flickr, we believe you should share all your images in full resolution, so life’s moments can be relived in their original quality. No limited pixels, no cramped formats, no memories that fall flat. We’re giving your photos room to breathe, and you the space to upload a dizzying number of photos and videos, for free.

In terms of videos, individual clips have an upper limit of three minutes each but Flickr users can upload as many of those clips as they wish until they reach the 1 TB free storage cap. It will be interesting to see how other cloud data storage services like Microsoft's SkyDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive respond to this massive gesture from Flickr and Yahoo.

In addition to the storage bump, Flickr will launch a new user interface for its website, along with new tools to help users organize photos. There's also a new a new Activity Feed that shows new images uploaded by yourself as well as friends. A new slideshow mode lets Flickr subscribers see individual images in their full screen glory. The blog added, "We combined elegant transitions and facial detection technology to make sure the key elements in every photo are highlighted."

Finally, there's also a new Flickr app available for Android device owners to download now from the Google Play store.

Source: Flickr | Image via Yahoo

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This service was and is utter crap for any kind of personal photo storage and here's why:

1) No offline photo management, just an upload tool that hasn't been updated in 4 YEARS

2) ****-poor online photo management, try to delete a collection and see what happens...all the pictures get chucked into the "root" directory, where they have to be deleted ONE BY ONE...good f****** luck with that for even 1 GB of photos, never mind 1 TB

3) In case you didn't realize, the default option for all uploaded photos is PUBLIC...I have never seen this to be the case with Picasa or Skydrive

4) Yahoo! is utterly doomed as a company and does unspeakable acts to your data...just two examples: you can't export mail if you want to switch to Gmail or, they purposely block the transfer tools offered by said services & you may find certain bits (like my father's 6 years of Yahoo Notepad data) deleted overnight, with 0 options to back up beforehand (and this is not an isolated case, look it up...other people managed to get it back when logging on with a different browser or PC, but in some cases it was just gone)

5) Finally, if you're not OK with any of their services, tough ****. They don't offer any kind of human-based support, only collections of questions and answers which in most cases have no answer for your actual problem.

So yeah, that's 2013 you'd have to be an e-mail hostage from days past to use it.

2. You can batch delete photos. Collections are technically tagged photos grouped together (kind of how the iPhone lets you create folders but you delete them and they go to the main one).

3. You must not have used the 4 year outdated software often because there is an option right there that says upload as private.

2. Fair enough, I was able to batch delete pictures just now...but this "virtual" folder metaphor is silly when dealing with the number of pictures Flickr libraries normally contain...on an iPhone you don't tend to have all your pictures, whereas on Flickr if you take advantage of this new offer you quite probably will. On competing services, if I want to delete all the pictures in one particular folder/category, whatever, I select the folder and they're gone in 1 step, whereas here I have to first delete the collection, then select all the now orphaned pictures (and hope there are no strays in the mix), hit Edit and select Delete, at which point I am first asked if I really want to delete my pictures and then if I "really really" (?!) want to delete my pictures. Do you not see how ridiculous this is?

3. They are heavily promoting the web upload feature, which by default is Public...and even with the Private option in the uploader, it's not right to have Public by default...what if all the Google+ automatic photo uploads were public by default?

These two items combined make the Flickr photo archiving experience more akin to submitting pictures to a public magazine...I see how this can be useful for professional photographers that simply want to use Flickr to show off their work, but it still lacks extremely basic features like PC folder monitoring. It's completely geared towards an attitude of "upload once and forget about it". Out of curiosity, where can I even find the option to batch-download pictures in case of PC failure? In Google Drive and Skydrive I just need to install an app and everything is synced.

Haha indeed, from a user that never really heavily used the service I don't really give a crap, the 1TB is a nice addition even though I'll never use it but either way I hated the old interface and this looks nice!

WinRT said,
Ad gimmick. They know that only 1% of flickr users will use that amount of storage

Im going to just upload a bunch of stuff to it see how it goes, might bump 1TB

Hwever I still prefer MS over Yahoo/Google storage vendors..

Yeah! maybe with an upload manager xD

navigate to "Z: 1TB stuff HD", then CTRL+A and upload... (wait 2 weeks) and done!

Google should have been the first to do this, of course.

Not surprising that Yahoo's new CEO (ex-core Google team) got there first.

That's roughly 100,000 photos at 10MB each -- most people will have photos that never even reach half that size. I love storage

Such as? I would love somewhere to store all my photos. Remember: This is full quality. Lots of places allow you to upload whatever you want, but they decrease size/res when you upload.

It appears as though you can easily choose to share everything with no one but yourself, so that should do the trick as far as privacy goes.

There doesn't seem to be an easy way to maintain a folder hierarchy, especially when uploading. It will queue you up a directory of images for upload just fine, but it appears as though you have to manually "tag" sets to group things.

That's going to be a pretty unwieldy metaphor for 1 terabyte of images...

amnesia- said,

I hope you're trolling.

What good is a photo-sharing website if you can't do those things? Open your brain, man.

I think the new Flickr looks cool! I'm mainly a photo viewer, so the redesign won't affect me much but the official thread on Flickr is all about how people not liking it. I'm not going to say anything negative about those posters because I know how it feels, since I haven't liked all YouTube redesigns.

That's sadly because "unlimited" now has been so dumbed down now with crap and nearly always comes accompanied with a * after it with a sub clause somewhere buried in the T+C which basically says "Will be subject to fair/average use"

Most people into photography can relate to defined limits and 1TB is a fair bit of space when your uploading jpgs and not raws.

Unplugged said,
That's sadly because "unlimited" now has been so dumbed down now with crap and nearly always comes accompanied with a * after it with a sub clause somewhere buried in the T+C which basically says "Will be subject to fair/average use"

Most people into photography can relate to defined limits and 1TB is a fair bit of space when your uploading jpgs and not raws.

So true. Things that are not unlimited should not be marketed as such. I would much prefer to see exactly how much of something I am getting than to see a claim that it is unlimited only to find all kind of restrictions later.