After 13 years under Yahoo, Flickr has now been sold to SmugMug, a photography platform dedicated to visual storytellers. Here is everything you need to know about this acquisition and what it means to you. Don’t forget to check out the extended Q&A!
What Is SmugMug?
SmugMug is a photography platform dedicated to empowering people who love photography and who want to improve their craft. SmugMug allows photographers to create beautiful portfolios, use a powerful e-commerce platform to sell their photos, preserve their memories, and stand out with great options for showcasing their work.
What Will Change At Flickr?
Nothing will change immediately with regard to your Flickr account. You will still access Flickr with your current login credentials and you will have the same experience as you do now. SmugMug promises to make Flickr even better.
But if you prefer not to use Flickr under SmugMug’s management, you have until 25 May 2018 to remove your account.
If you want to keep your account and data from being transferred, you must go to your Flickr account to download the photos and videos you want to keep, then delete your account from your Account Settings by May 25, 2018.
SmugMug + Flickr Q&A
What’s going to happen to my Flickr account?
At present, nothing. You will continue to log in with your current credentials and you will have the same experience you are used to. If things do change in the future, we’ll be as transparent as possible about the process and give you as much notice as we can about the issues that will matter to you.
Will anything happen to my photos or will they be moved?
You’ll still be able to access your photos as you do currently and they’ll retain the same flickr.com URL as always.
I got an email saying I have until May 25, 2018 to opt out of SmugMug’s Terms of Service and then my Flickr account will be governed by them. Explain please?
We encourage you to read SmugMug’s Terms in detail, as you would with any site where you host your photos. It is worth noting that SmugMug has prided itself on having very photographer-friendly terms without some of the standard verbiage and licenses that many platforms grant themselves to use your data in a way that best suits them. This is one of the reasons we’re thrilled to have found a new home at SmugMug.
What are SmugMug’s plans for Flickr? Will the products be merged?
SmugMug loves Flickr and they want us to keep on being Flickr. There is no plan to merge the products. As we spend more time with the SmugMug team, we hope to find ways to coordinate our development work and provide two great destinations dedicated to visual storytellers and creatives.
Will my Flickr Pro subscription change?
You’ll remain a Pro member and continue to enjoy all the benefits of a Pro membership. We’ve just started offering a 45-day free trial for new Pros who sign up for a yearly subscription. We’re also extending this offer to folks who may have been Pro in the past and want to come back to give it a try. Learn more on our Pro page.
Do I still have to log in to Flickr with my Yahoo login?
Yes. During our transition process, you will continue to sign in using your existing login credentials. Over time, Flickr’s sign-in will be separated from Yahoo’s and when that happens, you’ll have the ability to choose how you log in.
I actually can’t remember what my login is — can you help me?
If you are unable to log in to your Flickr account, please start by going through the Yahoo Help Page and click the “Contact us” link on the lower left. Follow the prompts there to communicate with a Customer Care agent.
I have a SmugMug account — will my accounts be merged?
No, your SmugMug and Flickr accounts will remain separate and independent for the foreseeable future.
When are you going to fix Explore?
Ha! Nice try. You know the first rule of Explore is that we don’t talk about Explore.
Honestly, though, there are numerous parts of Flickr that we plan to improve and SmugMug supports our desire to make your experience better. Before making any significant changes to the Flickr experience, SmugMug is committed to spending time getting to know the community and listening to your needs. We will share updates as we map out our future together.
What happens to the Flickr staff that we all know and love?
You can’t get rid of us.
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