Flickr Launches “Spectacular” Redesign, Now Offering 1TB of Free Storage


Yahoo acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion today, but that’s not the only major move the company announced. Today Flickr users were also treated to a “spectacular” redesign. The service has been upgraded in major ways, and has been given a brand new look and feel.

First off, all users will be given a terabyte of free storage space. You heard correctly: you get 1000 gigs of free space.

Free accounts were previously capped at 2 videos and 300MBs worth of photos per month. Not anymore: all users can now upload as many photos and videos as they’d like to their 1TB of storage, including photos of up to 200MB and videos of up to 1GB (and 3 minutes in length)! Photographs will be stored at full resolution and in their original quality.


For $50 a year, you’ll be able to enjoy Flickr without any ads in your browsing experience. For $500 a year, your storage space will be doubled to 2 terabytes.

Flickr also rolled out a brand new design to its website that puts photography at the heart of the Flickr experience. After all, it’s a photo-sharing site right?

The new Flickr user homepage is now a portal for discovering new content. You’ll be able to see your friends’ latest uploads, as well as photographs from the rest of the Flickr community:


The new photostream pages feature a slick design that’s reminiscent of Google+. The photographs are much larger on a new seamless layout, and there’s new space for a cover photo and a high-res profile picture:


Here’s a before-and-after comparison of the old and new photostream pages:


Photo sets are also displayed in much larger sizes, allowing you to tell beautiful stories through collections of photos:


There’s also a new slideshow mode that features new transitions and face detection technology to highlight key elements of photographs as they’re brought before your eyes:


Flickr is also investing a good deal of engineering power toward making its mobile apps top notch. Its December 2012 iOS app refresh was very well received among photographers, and the company is reportedly on a hiring spree for engineers who can help take the apps to the next level.

In a post on its blog announcing the new features, Flickr writes,

In the beginning, Flickr innovated the way people share and discover photos. Today, we are shifting the photo-sharing landscape again. We’re releasing a Flickr that’s more spectacular, much bigger, and one you can take anywhere […] A better Flickr is here. And not a moment too soon. With all of the power that you love, Flickr is now in it’s most beautiful form, and available to everyone.

When Yahoo first hired Marissa Mayer away from Google as its new CEO, the Internet begged Mayer to “please make Flickr awesome again.” So far, it looks like Mayer has been taking that request very seriously.

  • Mark Oliver

    Flickr is now awful. It was “Spectacular” now it “Sucks”

  • Janet Williams

    “Spectacular?” Did any photographers on your staff even look at the site? Craptacular is more like it. Garish, in-your-face, aggressive. Difficult to use. No more photo captions. It’s an assault on the senses designed to appeal to teenagers. They’ve abandoned photographers completely.

  • Unhappy at the redesign

    The redesign is a disaster. I cannot think of any definition of “photo sharing” that depreciates crucial details like titles, descriptions, dates, names, licenses, etc, in favour of just plastering the actual imagery across the screen. Searches, streams, sets, all are now basically useless to anyone interested in those vital details that help to explain what you’re actually looking at.

  • likearadiowave

    I’ve actually had to use their mobile site to get my activity feed. Great job, flickr

  • R.S.

    Spectacular my A**

  • Me

    I find interesting that companies related to images seem to be doing the same thing – giving you something you are supposed to be excited about for free and charging you more for what you either had or really want. Adobe is doing it with their “cloud” and now Flickr is doing it.

  • R.S.

    Wait until they do like facebook and make your shots available to the public to download… The only reason they can offer 1 TB free is that they will sell more advertisment they will use to annoy you like crazy. people are no naive, why would they GIVE 1 TB… nothing in life is free.

  • R.S.

    Good, 500px is mainly pro-oriented. Stick your your iPhone/Facebook mentality. You really think they GIVE 1 TB free??? Have fun dealing with spam…

  • R.S.

    If you were using Flickr to promote yourself as a pro photog i pity you…

  • R.S.

    Such a lame reply….

  • R.S.

    Not for long…

  • R.S.

    For the same price you can have your own website…

  • High Above Texas

    “New” Flickr, like “New Coke” smells like a rat.
    The new CEO is killing the goose that laid the Golden Egg. What a great way to piss off your customer base.

  • Rippie

    I’m telling you now and here: people trusting Cloud storage without also using hard-storage will find themselves SOL, to say the least, in time. People who use Flickr who get deleted lose everything if they were dumb enough to only store their pics there. Tragic but true.

    People need to understand that storing things only in the cloud is no guarantee it will be there permanently. What about when Google holds your files hostage for an annual fee? That could happen with Google Music: they haven’t decided.

    3TB external HDs are now $119 AT THE STORE. Buy two, use one, put the other in your office and do backups by VPN. There are many ways to keep your stuff safe and more permanent. The cloud alone? A disaster waiting to happen to many people.

    That’s why secure remote storage costs as much as it does: you get what you pay for.

  • leschek

    If I get Pro account is it mean that I can browse around Flickr without seeing an ads or that everybody will see my photos without an ads too (plus browsing).

  • Mick Orlosky

    The new design may make stats less relevant anyway. Larger photos on user pages and group pages etc may mean fewer clicks through to individual pages. Not saying stats will be useless, but in terms of raw numbers they might end up being slightly less important in the long term. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Stats feature came back in a slightly different — abbreviated – form. And, people will be mad when they do. Also, maybe there is room here for someone like “Statigram” to try to do some 3rd party stat innovation. I’d like to see that.

  • Anthony Case

    now that I’ve had a chance to look around a bit, here’s my slightly less initial thoughts:

    * It’s too cluttered.

    * You cant pick your cover photo from anything more than about 100
    pictures previous. None I’ve taken look remotely good in that long,
    skinny format.

    * Where is MY photo? I liked seeing the last couple of pictures of
    mine front and center on my account. While I like other people’s photos,
    it’s MY account that I’m here for. I don’t care what comments they just

    * There’s no context to my contact’s photos. I can barely make out what the picture is that’s being commented on.

    * So you’re giving everyone unlimited uploads and (essentially)
    unlimited drive space. I’m not exactly sure why I’m paying for my Pro

    Just a little bit ago, I was trying to find a photo I’d shot 3 or so years
    ago in my photostream of about 3,500 photos. In Old Flicker, I’d scroll
    to the bottom to where the page numbers were, go “Oh, it was about –
    lets try page 17″ and jump back and forth playing hotter and colder for a few moments.

    Now, I cant ever seem to get to the bottom. Its a constant, always
    loading stream of stuff that I cant sort through. I cant find the damn
    sets, the EXIF data is gone, I cant send mail to contacts (a process
    that used to be a very simple system) and I’m not seeing my messages and
    comments on MY photos. I could give a rats ass about my contacts and
    the traffic on THEIR photos. Whats happening on my stuff?

    Flickr seems to have forgotten their inital mandate: be an awesome platform to
    share photos.They’re so busy trying to play catch-up in the social
    media game (and face it, even if Flickr handed out solid gold bricks to
    every single user, they will never catch Facebook) that they’ve forgotten to do the
    stuff it was conceived for.

    I tried giving it a fair shake, but I’m getting mighty close to pushing the “give me a refund” button.

  • Andrew

    If you did not like classic Flickr that’s fine, plenty of people did. It had a legitimate niche, which is not a bad thing. Why your knee jerk need to insult people (“too lazy, territorial” etc.) who have a different outlook than yourself? There is an old saying (forget who said it) to the effect that when everyone thinks alike most likely no one is thinking at all. Let’s get past the “my way or the high way” please.

  • Geoffrey

    Very much agree with you on the cover photo, my photo, search, and pricing points. The resizing of cover pages and the fact that the redesign seems skin deep are additional points that irk me. I like the general direction of the profile pages and photostreams but would prefer they be more customizable.

    I think some of the missing stuff is just hidden by the interface right now; I can find EXIF data (3 dots to the bottom right of each photo) and sets (You -> Sets), but it took some doing. Comments seem to be oddly integrated into the home page / contacts screen.

    I suspect that some of these issues will be worked out as people get more familiar with the new format. Some of the changes could definitely use tweaks, though.

  • Matt

    I like the redesign, the old interface was bad. I’m still getting to know it, but so far so good. I don’t think I like the pricing changes though.

  • Adam Cross

    it’s hilarious that anyone is complaining about this – I made a new account a month ago after deleting in 2009 and I’m amazed at the progress Flickr has made, happy to be back – also, as far as ads are concerned – GET AN ADBLOCKER (I thought everyone had the common sense to use these nowadays?), problem solved.

  • Susheel Chandradhas

    If you’re thinking of Flickr as a storage depot for your pics, then aren’t you missing the point? As an influential user, I’d say you would know flickr’s worth the best!

  • Susheel Chandradhas

    Ad Block Plus achieves Ad-free browsing at no cost. :)

  • Robert Alonso

    The new layout is horrible. It eliminates a photographer’s ability to display photos in a gallery format or as sets or collections with thumbnails. Instead it displays photos in a gaudy, justified format that is slow to load and shows all the photos running into each other. The new format also deemphasizes community features like titles, descriptions, comments, tags, and EXIF data.

    Most Flickr users (evidence available on the site’s help forum) hate the redesign and are considering other sites. I have two Pro accounts that I will be moving elsewhere.

  • Rippie

    I have never relied on Flickr as an archival tool, and the majority of savvy “old-skool” users there, including myself, have always dissuaded others from believing otherwise. Flickr have taken a step to reduce loss in accidental or unjustified deletions, but that does not work out for people deleted for “cause.” I’ve spent 6 solid years advising tens of thousands to NOT use Flickr as a file-vault, just in case.

    For anyone reading who doesn’t appreciate the problem, companies can fail, accidents can happen (code goes nuts, malicious hacker deletions, which DO happen, hardware crashes) which are protected against now much more strongly, but if an person deletes files individually, they are gone within hours, once the system does its server refreshes. There MIGHT be a latent backup, but that will disappear upon refresh.

    One should store valuable files like photos and music on NON-volatile media like DVD-rom discs, a standalone drive AND other cloud services. If your home is burgled and you lose your computer, you will still have your expensive and impossible-to-replace photos elsewhere. In THAT case, Flickr, as a backup to backing up, HAS worked well for a few people who lost everything in a fire or theft or flood that I know of, but as a backup, Flickr should be #3-tier at most.

    Flickr have created this problem themselves by having described themselves as the “best place to archive” photos, without warning or qualification.

    I know personally of many many instances in which this turned out to be absolutely untrue, and argued with the prior ownership before they left their post-Yahoo!-sale positions as officers to start other projects.

    If Flickr intends to claim they are an archival service providing 1TB of free space to all comers, they need to meet the high bar of security and stability that REAL archival services do… and charge a lot annually to provide.

    I’ve gone well out of my way, beyond nearly any other Flickr user, to help people avoid loss of account (and their content) for most of the life of the service.

    I not only am not missing the point, I actively work to make sure that others are not duped by Flickr’s misleading documentation that implies otherwise. Short of going around the world to 50M-60M individual account holders homes and showing them the problem and fixes, there’s not much more anyone can do other than Flickr, who need to be honest that they are NOT an archival storage service.

  • matsography

    I couldn’t care less about removing ads for myself (I’ll get an ad blocker…) But if I’m willing to pay for a premium, what I want is that my viewers don’t get the ads!!!!

  • marlinmac

    Yes, I was waiting for someone to say that, before i did! I discovered 500px a while back and love it – when I logged on to Flickr recently after ages I thought I was back on 500px. Cheeky or what!

  • 9inchnail

    But some sites detect ad blockers and ban you. They might just as well encode a banner in images. If you pay, you get to see the original image, otherwise the “branded” image.

  • 9inchnail

    But it is slightly less awful than the old version. At this rate of decreasing the awfulness, Flickr might be really great by 2030.

  • flikrdefector

    The problem with the redesign is that it is based only on the ‘viewer’s experience’ with wild assumptions about what most people use as screesizes and their internet connections capabilities – I suspect that if any market research was done, it was confined to the local yuppy neigbourhoods of US towns…. the rest of the world don’t seem to exist.

    I agree that a redesign of what a viewer could see, was long overdue…

    Yet, even for a viewer experience, there are problems:
    On a small-ish screen, the homepage layout is too busy, crammed up in your face, the captions written in pale white over pictures get truncated and unintelligible on pale backgrounds
    The endless bottomless scrolling / loading images – even on a reasonable internet connection, gets very sluggish plus the fact that if you ‘go back’ you return to the beginning of the river of images and therefore have to start scrolling down again, waiting forever…
    The high contrast colours (black/white) used can be hard on the eyes of someone with slight visual i0mpairment, this is ‘accessibility 101′, I can’t understand why no one seems to give a hoot about this…

    But mainly, the outrcry generated by the changes is due to the fact that the redesign has been applied without any user consultation – which you will say is not required by law, but it would be common sense, to identify a range of users representing your customer base as well as some from elsewhere you want to poach…

    In this case, the needs of the peopel who upload pictures has not been taken into account at all,e veryone is treated as a viewer…. but you need to be able to see what you are doing first in order to display your work to its best!

    For some bizarre reason, when you click on your homepage, you are greeted with pictures of your contacts, in many cases, contacts may be family and friends who don’t necessarily share your same views about photography, and while it’s nice to see the snapshots of nephews and nieces, I don’t want to be confronted to their Uberlarge pouty kids everytime I log on to flickr!
    Organising your photos is now a nightmare, you need to click left right and centre, when before you had a nce thumbnail view of what was happening and you could quickly identify your picture / go directly to it by clicking on the page number, now, you have to scroll and scroll and scroll….

    I think flickr will become a Pinterest of photography – we’ll go elsewhere where suitable content management is offered and display only on flickr – sad!

  • Marlis1

    1 TB of space- big deal? So it going to take me 260 years to upload that many pics on a smartphone? A hollow promise- what about a Flickr that is easy to navigate instead?

  • bernardbof

    the new “improved” Flickr is an utter dog’s breakfast, it really is crap, it’s in-yer-face god-awful design is unusable, unfriendly, slow and just plain ugly. After six happy years there I’m looking at leaving. I mean really did they give the site to a bunch of five year olds to reprogram?

  • Corelogik

    Flickr has gone from the preeminent photo sharing site to being optimized for the cell phone snapshot, mobile crowd. Disgusting.

    The whole site redesign is engineered to favor mobile devices and mobile users.

    The TB of storage is cool, but if anyone thinks that comes without a heavy advertising price tag, they are deluding themselves.

    The mobile crowd has show themselves to be easily distracted and always searching for the next big, shiny thing. flickr has delivered to them.

    What’s ironic about that is in a few weeks or months at best, the crowd they’ve worked so hard to attract, will be bored and move on to the next thing. Leaving flickr in the hands of the people who’ve been there all along. Except now, those people, aren’t happy, and have mostly ceased to care.

  • Pan Walker

    The new design is ugly, incredibly slow, and practically impossible to use if you’re actually searching for something.

    The only way this redesign is spectacular is as a spectacular failure.

  • Nadi Spencer

    I can no longer use Flickr as a reference site- photos take too long to see. Thumbnails WAY BETTER! So sorry to lose this site…

  • Simon Harris

    Intriguing that you think the new design is a good thing! Have a go and see what you think! There are a plethora of problems and many disgruntled (paying) users. And the speed is so slow, it’s painful…..

  • Simon Harris

    You may be missing the point! Flickr’s website is not only slow, but tends to jump around arbitrarily. Just recently, the stats are showing contradictive information. The list goes on and on and on…..