INTERNET PORTAL Yahoo has rolled out a number of updates to its Flickr photo service, including a cleaner home page with less clutter and full resolution images.
It has built the renovation around a new photostream that offers an endless scrolling gallery so "it's easy to see what your friends are posting and what they're saying about your photos", Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said in a blog post on Monday.
From now on, Flickr users will be greeted by edge-to-edge "full bleed" photos with less text. You will also get modern looking slideshows with an option to add background music as well, as easier ways share images with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Yahoo's newly purchased Tumblr blogging service.
Not only has Yahoo given Flickr a makeover, but it has also given all Flickr users 1TB of free cloud storage so they can upload millions more photos of their cats and lunches.
"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," Yahoo said. "That's enough for a lifetime of photos, more than 500,000 original, full-resolution, pixel-perfect, brilliant photos."
However, some users have been complaining on the Flickr forums that those who have a Flickr Pro account cannot downgrade to a 'free' account. Apparently, Flickr Pro is no longer a service and is being replaced by Flickr Ad Free, but for those that are still members, it seems that if they cancel their accounts they can't later buy another one.
"If you downgrade, you can never go back. Fantastic customer service," Flickr user Q10040 wrote in the forums. "When you downgrade your subscription from Pro to 'free' you get this message: 'Cancelling your Flickr Pro subscription is irreversible. You cannot purchase Flickr Pro at a later date.'"
We've contacted Yahoo to inquire about its policy.
Along with the revamp, Yahoo has also launched its Flickr app for Android smartphones and tablets following its release of an iPhone app in December. The hook here is that the Flickr app maintains photos' original quality, so every image you take, edit, share, or view on your smartphone or tablet using the app looks the same as it does on the desktop.
Yahoo's Flickr update follows the firm's announcement yesterday that it bought blogger website Tumblr for $1.1bn. µ
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