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I got an email: Opportunity to support Flickr.com with a discount
Posted By: aslyfox, 12-19-2019, 07:27 PM

Please share coupon code 25in2019 or link below to give the gift of 25% off Flickr Pro now.
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Dear Flickr Pros,
First, and above all else: thank you. Thank you for being a part of our community. Thank you for caring about Flickr. Thank you for supporting Flickr. Thank you for being a Flickr Pro.

Two years ago, Flickr was losing tens of millions of dollars a year. Our company, SmugMug, stepped in to rescue it from being shut down and to save tens of billions of your precious photos from being erased.

Why? We’ve spent 17 years lovingly building our company into a thriving, family-owned and -operated business that cares deeply about photographers. SmugMug has always been the place for photographers to showcase their photography, and we’ve long admired how Flickr has been the community where they connect with each other. We couldn’t stand by and watch Flickr vanish.

So we took a big risk, stepped in, and saved Flickr. Together, we created the world’s largest photographer-focused community: a place where photographers can stand out and fit in.

And yet, Flickr—the world’s most-beloved, money-losing business—still needs your help.

We’ve been hard at work improving Flickr. We hired an excellent, large staff of Support Heroes who now deliver support with an average customer satisfaction rating of above 90%. We got rid of Yahoo’s login. We moved the platform and every photo to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the industry leader in cloud computing, and modernized its technology along the way. As a result, pages are already 20% faster and photos load 30% more quickly. Platform outages, including Pandas, are way down. Flickr continues to get faster and more stable, and important new features are being built once again.

Our work is never done, but we’ve made tremendous progress.

Flickr still needs your help. It’s still losing money. You, and hundreds of thousands of loyal Flickr members stepped up and joined Flickr Pro, for which we are eternally grateful. It’s losing a lot less money than it was. But it’s not yet making enough.

We need more Flickr Pro members if we want to keep the Flickr dream alive, and we need your help to share the story of Flickr.

We didn’t buy Flickr because we thought it was a cash cow. Unlike platforms like Facebook, we also didn’t buy it to invade your privacy and sell your data. We bought it because we love photographers, we love photography, and we believe Flickr deserves not only to live on but thrive. We think the world agrees; and we think the Flickr community does, too. But we cannot continue to operate it at a loss as we’ve been doing.

Flickr is the world’s largest photographer-focused community. It’s the world’s best way to find great photography and connect with amazing photographers. Flickr hosts some of the world’s most iconic, most priceless photos, freely available to the entire world. This community is home to more than 100 million accounts and tens of billions of photos. It serves billions of photos every single day. It’s huge. It’s a priceless treasure for the whole world. And it costs money to operate. Lots of money.

As you know, Flickr is the best value in photo sharing anywhere in the world. Flickr Pro members get ad-free browsing for themselves and their visitors, advanced stats, unlimited full-quality storage for all their photos, plus premium features and access to the world’s largest photographer-focused community.
Please, help us spread the word. Help us make Flickr thrive. Help us ensure Flickr has a bright future. Every Flickr Pro subscription goes directly to keeping Flickr alive and creating great new experiences for photographers like you. We are building lots of great things for the Flickr community, but we need your help. We can do this together.

We’re launching our end-of-year Pro subscription campaign on Thursday, December 26, but I want to give you a coupon code to share with friends, family, or anyone who shares your love of photography and community so they can enjoy the same 25% discount before the campaign starts.

We’ve gone to great lengths to optimize Flickr for cost savings wherever possible, but the increasing cost of operating this enormous community and continuing to invest in its future will require a small price increase early in the new year, so this is truly the very best time to help everyone upgrade to a Pro membership.

If you value Flickr finally being independent, built for photographers and by photographers, we need your help.

With gratitude,
Don MacAskill
Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Geek
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12-20-2019, 08:23 AM - 1 Like   #2
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For a site that offers unlimited storage, I believe the cost is very reasonable.
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"And yet, Flickr—the world’s most-beloved, money-losing business—still needs your help."

Well gee, that really reassures me about SmugMug's commitment to Flickr right there.

Notably, non-Pro members received an email that basically repeated that all Flickr does is lose money, but you can help stop the bleeding by getting a Pro account.
12-20-2019, 01:27 PM - 2 Likes   #4
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"And yet, Flickr—the world’s most-beloved, money-losing business—still needs your help."

Well gee, that really reassures me about SmugMug's commitment to Flickr right there. . . . .
the purpose of the post was to alert members who might want to join Flickr of a way to do so at a discount

no one is forcing anyone to join

or trying to argue one should join

just like a post alerting members of a sale price is not designed to convince a member to take advantage of the sale

just giving information


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12-20-2019, 01:34 PM - 3 Likes   #5
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I took out a Pro sub after SmugMug took over. The CEO's claim that Flickr is working better under SmugMug's ownership is consistent with my experience.
Actually, despite my usual skepticism about claims by businesses that they are not in it for the money or our data, I think what the CEO says is true. Flickr is a resource for the world - a little like Wikipedia - and deserves the support of photographers who can afford it. And as @Swip says, the cost is very reasonable for what it offers. It is hugely convenient being able to add images without worrying about any limit, and ad-free viewing for visitors is a real plus too.
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I took out a Pro sub after SmugMug took over. The CEO's claim that Flickr is working better under SmugMug's ownership is consistent with my experience.
Actually, despite my usual skepticism about claims by businesses that they are not in it for the money or our data, I think what the CEO says is true. Flickr is a resource for the world - a little like Wikipedia - and deserves the support of photographers who can afford it. And as @Swip says, the cost is very reasonable for what it offers. It is hugely convenient being able to add images without worrying about any limit, and ad-free viewing for visitors is a real plus too.
most businesses I know, including Nonprofits, try to make money

at least to break even

so I have no problem with that idea

as far as how long a specific business lasts, well I can't control that so why worry ?
12-21-2019, 01:49 PM   #7
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most businesses I know, including Nonprofits, try to make money
Yes, Allen, and for the long term survival of Flickr it needs to be financially sound. I hope SmugMug can achieve that.

There must be hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of photos posted on this site that are hosted by Flickr. PF would be hugely diminished if they were to disappear. The same would be true of many other sites.
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I use Flickr Pro and are very happy. They done a great job moving from Yahoo. The price of the Pro is really cheap. And work in multiple language.
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I think Flickr is likely to start cutting down services offered to free accounts -- fewer photos offered, lower res images, etc. For the amount of storage and linking ability that Flickr offers, I don't know that there is another site out there that is as good.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bobmaxja Quote
I use Flickr Pro and are very happy. They done a great job moving from Yahoo. The price of the Pro is really cheap. And work in multiple language.
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I think Flickr is likely to start cutting down services offered to free accounts -- fewer photos offered, lower res images, etc. For the amount of storage and linking ability that Flickr offers, I don't know that there is another site out there that is as good.
I agree entirely.
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There is just nothing else like Flickr.
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There is just nothing else like Flickr.
hmm,

anyone else remember inviting [ or your parents' inviting ] folks to come over and watch the Super 8 movies of the family vacation ?

now " it's check out my flicr.com account "



[ BTW I do have a pro account at Flick'r.com ]
12-30-2019, 08:46 AM   #13
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Oddly enough, I have renewed my yearly subscription for Flickr PRO. I didn't want to post to multiple social media accounts and I felt it was redundant with a dropbox account.

Now I am back because I feel Flickr is the last bastion of a photo sharing website that actually concentrates on Photography. Every thing else has either been monetized to death and/or data mining your personal information.

Also Flickr as a side benefit is a great photo hosting website which I use a lot for Pentax Forums posts. You can easily link an image on flickr with the image url button on forum posts.
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I've been with Flickr for 10 years. They have really good amateur photographers there. Its also a great resource to research photography and capabilities
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hmm,anyone else remember inviting [ or your parents' inviting ] folks to come over and watch the Super 8 movies of the family vacation ?now " it's check out my flicr.com account "
Be careful, you don't want to scare anyone away!

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