Mar 9, 2016
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Flickr takes a big step backwards by making its automatic photo upload tool a paid feature

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Less than a year after it introduced the ability to automatically upload photos from your hard drive, Flickr is removing the feature from free accounts. Flickr users will now need to pay a monthly subscription fee to Flickr Pro to use the Flickr Uploadr desktop tool, a move that effectively marks the death of Yahoo’s service as a competitor to Google Photos.

Flickr overhauled its product last May, releasing updated Flickr 4.0 apps and introducing a helpful Camera Roll tool that organized photos in reverse chronological order, but it was Uploadr that made Yahoo’s photo-hosting service a particularly enticing prospect in a sea of competitors. After getting it wrong for many years, last year’s redesign made Flickr once again a service worth using, but by putting Uploadr out of the reach of free users, Flickr is taking one step back.

The service is currently offering a coupon for 30 percent off the annual $49.99 subscription fee, but users can instead just head over to Google Photos, where they can use a similar photo upload tool — for free.

Boss: Hey Gary, do you have any ideas on how to make our business hit rock bottom at an alarming rate?
Gary: Hmmmm, how about make our site lose all value by removing the tool that gives us our content unless they pay?
Boss: That’s fucking genius Gary! Insolvency here we come!


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Comments to Flickr takes a big step backwards by making its automatic photo upload tool a paid feature

  • Stefaan, that is hilarious! And I couldn’t agree more.
    We are a photo tools startup and as I read this I thought I’d introduce you to our Flickr Uploadr alternative – Zilla. It is a dead easy and super fast uploader to backup photos and videos to Flickr. You can take it for a spin here and I’d love to hear your feedback.

    Meenakshi @ September 22, 2016 6:12 am Reply

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