Yesterday, with no warning, Yahoo rolled out a massive overhaul of Flickr, offering a whopping free terabyte of photo storage (with ads), pretty much eliminating the “pro” level account. The response?
Pretty much everyone hates it, particularly the changes to the design.
Yahoo revealed the change Monday, and the Flickr blog shared the thinking behind the new site design.
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. Just how big is a terabyte? Well, you could take a photo every hour for forty years without filling one.
But the new format makes finding friend’s photos and commenting on them more challenging, which changes one of the most popular elements of Flickr, the community. My friend Sarah, a photographer and activity community member on Flickr, really hates the changes.
The front page is hideous. The contacts page is slightly better, but there’s no option to get out of the justified setting right now (that may change?) Well the option is there, nothing happens when you try to switch to small images. Also, you can’t get to the bottom of the page, the pics just keep loading.
They’ve created some Frankenstein-like monster of a site, incorporating Facebook, 500px, Tumblr, and Instagram and declaring from the rooftops that this is the cutest baby ever.
Of course this change came on the heels of the announcement that Yahoo intends to purchase Tumblr. Clearly things are being shaken up at Yahoo, but it’s hard to say if these changes will save the company.
What do you think? Do you like the changes to Flickr? I also am not a fan of the home page; it’s just too many images shoved together without enough white space to allow you to absorb one before seeing the next. It just feels like a massive awkward collage. I hope they fix it.