Smugmug is now relying on pandhandling to keep their Flickr business alive.
Damn. Receiving this email today was a kick in the throat. I love Flickr. But it looks like they're in trouble. And going away sooner than later. It's not that Flickr is dead. It's more like they've received notice that they've contracted a terminal illness and it's just a matter of time before they kick the bucket, save for a miracle.
That's what it sounds like when reading between the lines. Not even between the lines - it's pretty blatant what they mean: "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."
That's right fellow Flickr members, Pro and Free, we're fucked. Sorry, it's right there for the entire Flickr community to read. The writing is on the wall. Realistically, Flickr isn't going to pick up enough Pro Users to keep the platform afloat. It's an old platform, and although loved by millions, including myself, they've been bleeding out for far too long. I'm sure I'll be writing more about this in the future - like what I'll be switching to as a Flickr replacement. For now, here's the email I received.
You will be missed when you're gone.