The search giant Yahoo has recently announced a makeover for it’s popular photo hosting platform Flickr. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer,says They have made Flickr “awesome again,” and the new site will showcase “bigger images” and create a user experience that is “more immersive, more expressive.”This news was unveiled at a press event in New York City on Monday. This news came soon after the company announced it was buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion.
Yahoo sent members of the press invitations to the event on Friday, hinting at what might be in store: “Join us as we share something special.” The event kicked off at 5:00 p.m. in New York City’s Time Square, when attendees noticed billboards in the famed area.
Under the new Flickr, photos upload in full resolution and adapt “wherever” users desire, such as smartphones, tablets or social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, Yahoo Senior Vice President Adam Cahan said.
The most attractive fact is that a terabyte of storage is coming to Flickr completely free of cost. There is enough capacity to store up to 537,731 images. ”You can take all the pictures ever taken and upload them to Flickr… and there would [still be room],” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said.
The latest Flickr comes with a cover photo, a new look for albums — or called a user set — is streamlined in rows. The Flickr pro subscription account rates have also reduced.
Flickr was introduced by Yahoo in the year 2005. Mayer said at first it “didn’t fare so well.” Today, it reaches 89 million people who have contributed more than 8 billion photographs. Mayer said she was petitioned by the Internet when she joined Yahoo last year to make Flickr better and made it one of her biggest efforts to do so.
This photo hosting site enebales the users not only to share photos with those they can connect on Flickr, but also on Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr. Flickr is the favorite of many people when compared to instagram as you will find only high-resolution images everywhere and it doesn’t crop your pictures too.
The remodeled website went live on Monday evening with it’s brand new look, cutting out words and user messages and instead featuring larger photos without text set against a sleek black background. Right now Flickr have around ten million subscribers.
Marissa Mayer even says that she declined to release the company’s targets for growing subscriptions. Mayer said Yahoo benefits from a “really healthy” revenue stream, largely from advertising. The new Flickr will employ new advertising formats that Yahoo is still developing. Users who wish to opt out of advertising can pay $49.95 a year to access an ad-free version of Flickr.