Flickr will end 1TB of free storage and limit free users to 1,000 photos - The problem with cloud services...

Flickr will end 1TB of free storage and limit free users to 1,000 photos - The problem with cloud services is they change the rules!

Flickr was purchased in April by professional photo hosting service SmugMug, and today, the first major changes under the new ownership have been announced. There’s a serious downgrade for free users, who are now limited to 1,000 pictures on the photo-sharing site, instead of the free 1TB of storage that was previously offered.

As Flickr explains in its press release announcing the change, “Unfortunately, ‘free’ services are seldom actually free for users. Users pay with their data or with their time. We would rather the arrangement be transparent.” It makes a certain amount of sense — servers aren’t free, after all — but for free users with more than 1,000 photos, it’s not ideal news.

STARTING ON FEBRUARY 5TH, 2019, FREE ACCOUNTS THAT ARE OVER THE LIMIT WILL HAVE THEIR CONTENT ACTIVELY DELETED

Free users with more than 1,000 photos or videos will have until January 8th, 2019, to upgrade to Pro or download their surplus content. After January 8th, free users with over 1,000 pictures or videos won’t be able to upload any more. And on February 5th, 2019, free accounts that are still over the limit will have their content actively deleted until they’re back under 1,000 (starting with the oldest content first).

So I have just over 10,000 photos on Flickr. I had a feeling that the change of ownership was going to mean changes. Users just have to believe that cloud services change rules as they go along and get bought out or shut down. Thing is they have your data so in my case they will just start deleting it and I have no control (unless I pay). This is why software on your computer keeps working (usually) and your own hosting lets you set the rules.

I had actually started testing my own "hosted Flickr" using Piwigo - it has locations, albums, comments and most of what you'd use on Flickr. It even imports my albums from Flickr itself! You can see what it looks like at https://photos.gadgeteer.co.za/.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/1/18051950/flickr-1000-photo-limit-free-accounts-changes-pro-subscription-smugmug

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Flickr will end 1TB of free storage and limit free users to 1,000 photos
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