Flickr slashes allowance for free users from 1TB to 1,000 images

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Bad news for non-paying Flickr users: the formerly Yahoo-owned photo sharing site will be reducing its free cloud storage limit from a whopping 1TB to just 1,000 pictures, with plans to start deleting excess images early next year.

Announced by Andrew Stadlen, VP of Product at Flickr, users on the site’s Free tier will permanently lose access to any stored photos exceeding the new limit from February 2019.

According to Stadlen, the decision was partly made due to the small number of free users who actually exceeded the new limit.

“We looked at our members and found a clear line between Free and Pro accounts: the overwhelming majority of Pros have more than 1,000 photos on Flickr, and more than 97% of Free members have fewer than 1,000.”

Before 2013, Flickr only offered 200 photos on its Free tier, however, Stadlen admits that the significant leap in free storage space brought about “strongly negative consequences” for the community.

“Yahoo lost sight of what makes Flickr truly special and responded to a changing landscape in online photo sharing by giving every Flickr user a staggering terabyte of free storage,” said Stadlen.

He continued, “The free terabyte largely attracted members who were drawn by the free storage, not by engagement with other lovers of photography.”

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