In one inspiring move, Yahoo! has upped the ante by offering a full 1 Terabyte of space to all Flickr users, and by updating the already-dated Flickr interface. To put things into perspective, 1 TB amounts to over 500,000 original, full-resolution, pixel-perfect, brilliant photos, according to Yahoo!. The free TB offer comes neatly packaged in a completely redone user interface which is bigger, neater, and far more appealing than the old photo stream.
With this revamp, Flickr has practically rebooted the photo sharing application which was starting to lose eyeballs thanks to younger arrivals like Google+ Photos, 500px, and Instagram. Even Facebook cut off a large slice from the photo-sharing pie. The new design has deftly put photographs front and center, with the new photo stream now a seamless scrolling gallery. There is less white space to be seen, with photos taking up almost the entire space on the screen. A full-screen slideshow in a lightbox completes the picture.
The free account carries an ad, but to my eyes, it doesn’t mar the viewing experience in any way. The Flickr redesign follows the path laid down by the iOS app which was revamped last year. The Android app has followed up with a similar look.
The best thing about this update is that you don’t have to worry about space ?in the least. A bar graphic on top shows the extent of an account’s space usage, but with 1 TB, you’re not likely to exhaust it very soon. You can upgrade ($499.99) to double the space, if 1 TB is not enough, for some reason.
Check out the new Flickr and tell us what you think about it.