Flickr is Back With All-new Homepage/UI and 1TB of Free Storage
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer:
Photos tell the stories — stories we’re inspired to relive, share with our friends, or capture simply to express ourselves. Collecting these moments is a part of our everyday. Since 2005, Flickr has become synonymous with inspiring imagery. Today, we’re thrilled to take Flickr even further with a beautiful, completely re-imagined experience that puts photos front and center. When it comes to photography, technology and its limits shouldn’t hinder the experience. So we’re also giving our Flickr users one terabyte of space — for free. That’s enough for a lifetime of photos — more than 500,000 original, full-resolution, pixel-perfect, brilliant photos. Flickr users will never have to worry about running out of space.
In my opinion the new layout sucks visually. The shift toward a cover page and grid of images seems a popular trend these days! But the shift is justifiable, they need a minimal responsive design that not only work on desktops but tablets of various sizes which increasingly gaining huge amount of attention; get rid of that fragmentation once and for all.
One point to highlight regarding the new business model Yahoo is carrying out with Flickr; shifting from fully Freemium model to Ad revenue centeric one. This is apparently a trend strongly present in recent games and apps that are FREE but offering ads and/or microtransaction options. I hate that, even if this was the only option for such companies to survive!