Flickr has recently announced that its Pro service is making a comeback. The image hosting site has revealed in its blog that it has massively revamped the subscription system.
This system offers a new set of features both for existing subscribers and potential newcomers. To start off, the main feature of the offer seems to be a series of detailed graphs and stats that can tell a user just how popular any of their photos are. Next is promise of an ad-free experience.
Flickr uses an ad based service for its non-subscription users. Those who pay will not only no longer see any of the ads on the site, but no ads will be displayed to anyone who views their photos (including a non-paying member).
A new badge has been added to highlight the accounts of Pro users which is visible to anyone. This badge will also display for how long a user has been subscribed to the service. All of this can be obtained for the price of $5.99 per month, but for those who want to purchase an annual subscription there are added benefits.
Yearly subscribers will get a 20% discount on Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography, a powerful media editing tool used by nearly 1.5 million people. Furthermore, they will be offered free shipping within the U.S. for any of Flickr’s merchandise and a 50% discount on shipping outside America. An annual subscription will cost $49.99.
For those who were already subscribed to the service, they will retain all the old-features of the system as well as gaining the new ones. Two years have passed since Flickr last updated its subscription model. The site’s previous system had the same price, but it was available only in annual form.
This announcement means that Yahoo has not abandoned the website it acquired in 2006. Flickr once held the lion’s share of the market, but now its position is strongly contested by sites such as 500px. Controversies regarding the abuse of copyright enforcement procedures have also reduced its popularity.
It remains to be seen if this change will bring back its dominance in the field, but it is unlikely that a new subscription model will be enough to attract that many people. Still, it is a sign that we can expect some further updates from Flickr.
The website currently has almost 90 million users, though it is unknown how many of them pay a subscription.
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