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    Posted: 20 April 2018 at 23:33
I guess everyone with images on either Smugmug or Flickr will now be aware that these two platforms have merged.
Yet to see what if anything changes in the way your on line gallery looks, is accessed, added to, etc.
From my point of view I think it can only be a good thing, so long as it doesn’t end up costing more to use.
I guess it’s a matter of watching this space.....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote WestCoastCannuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2018 at 23:44
I did not know this.... have both. I thought must be a mistake because Smugmug would surely have notified me - but I get the merged page now.

I liked them separate.

Without reading yet it is obvious Smugmug allowed themselves to be bought out.

EDIT: Happy to be wrong here about the above statement!

We shall see how much I like the new merged company. I don't see how they can be merged without big changes to the way smugmug works.

As you say... time will tell.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2018 at 23:48
Just looked again at some FAQs on the Smugmug side.
Appears that Smugmug has actually bought out Flickr from Yahoo.
Seems they intend to keep the two separate and as is, at least for the present.
Flickr account owners will eventually be asked to accept Smugmug terms and conditions to stay with the parallel platforms. Flickr will remain free, and FlickrPro might have some changes.
Lots more to come......
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2018 at 00:02
Yup - On the Flickr site it clearly states that Smugmug have purchased Flickr; no changes planned yet but I can't see them happily supporting dual systems and functionality for long. As long as I can maintain both images going forward and, importantly, all my previous work then hopefully it won't be too painful. I guess time will tell...

I had heard something about Yahoo wanting to offload Flickr a while ago but can't recall where I read that.

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Obviously lots yet to be revealed and clarified. One thing I like is the possibility of making use of Smugmug's marketplace opportunity to sell images, although over the years I have managed to sell and licence a modest number of my images that were posted on Flickr on negotiated terms.
For now, everything will just chug along as was on both platforms, but no doubt there will be changes coming, and being the eternal optimist, I'm hoping those will be for the better.
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I hope they don't dump all the flickr links in the end... I'd have to repost everything here! At the moment, it says the links will be preserved
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2018 at 07:33
    What a surprise! I just saw this topic when I clicked on Dyxum
    I'm on flickr and I was getting ready to DUMP it and come over to Smug Mug
    I already dumped their Pro feature because after Verizon bought Yahoo they started changing for the worse
    They limited Pro groups to a max of 60 and 30 for the free, per photo, from unlimited. As well as a poorer service.
    I've been to flickr HQ and I can tell you they are as radical a group as there is in San Francisco! and thats saying a lot. It is not the flickr of a year ago. So Good Luck
    I went on my flickr acct and they had this video:
    https://youtu.be/T4B_qlaN8C4👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿

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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2018 at 09:44
    Are there any examples of once successful and now moribund websites becoming successful again? Any Lazarus services out there?

    I can't help but think that Adobe could have done something with Flickr, building up or augmenting their Portfolio service, but that might have killed the Flickr we currently enjoy.

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    Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2018 at 10:03
    Originally posted by Coast Coast wrote:

    https://youtu.be/T4B_qlaN8C4👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿
    Why don't you like this video? It might not be your kind of music, but it is a smart video, showing all the major brands (Nikon, Canon, Sony, phones, drones).

    On subject:
    I got a mail from the "smugmug team" on 11 april 2018 without mentioning the merge. I did not receive a message from them (I think I just now got a pop-up on my page).

    This is the right way: Smugmug acquiring Flickr. I would be very worried the other way around.
    FLickr and Smugmug are completely different platforms, it is smart to keep it separate. Flickr probably has better brand recognition, Smugmug attracts (more) professional photographers.

    The one thing I am worried about: Smugmug could move the Smugmug brand more towards professional and Flickr for enthusiasts. The problem is, I really do not like the Flickr user interface.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2018 at 10:09
    Maybe they should also acquire Vimeo - that would be an imaging powerhouse.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2018 at 16:04
    Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

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    This is the right way: Smugmug acquiring Flickr. I would be very worried the other way around.
    ...


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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2018 at 21:03
    Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

    Originally posted by Coast Coast wrote:

    https://youtu.be/T4B_qlaN8C4👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿
    Why don't you like this video? It might not be your kind of music, but it is a smart video, showing all the major brands (Nikon, Canon, Sony, phones, drones).
    .

    Hi addy,
    I have no complaint on the video, my problem is w flickr itself.


    I've been meaning to write a topic "The end of flickr" for a while. Where I was going to discuss my leaving it and my guess it was going the way of Photobucket, referencing this article in TechCrunch
    https://tcrn.ch/2gSXMSp (flickr exits the photobook business shuts down wall art orders}.
    I didn't envision it merging in some way w another property
    That didn't affect me as much as limiting the number of groups we can display a photo in. That was the enjoyable part of flickr for me. Sometimes I could get lost for hours in these groups.

    I wrote I had been invited to a Paid flickr research study last summer (one on one) shortly after Verizon bought out Yahoo which owns flickr. It was pretty obvious Verizon was looking to monetize flickr or dump it "would you do this or would you do that?", but the handwriting was on the wall.

    I don't think flickr was in a position to pick up anything. I think SmugMug got flicker in a fire sale, or they were made an offer they couldn't refuse.
    I don't know for fact, just my extrapolations. I do know I've been meaning to write a topic here "The end of flickr"

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    Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2018 at 21:15
    Thank you for your explanation, Joseph.

    I just received an email from Smugmug on the topic.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 April 2018 at 12:24
    Flickrs message to its members:

    We’re excited to announce that Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug, the photography platform dedicated to visual storytellers.

    SmugMug has a long history of empowering people who love photography and who want to improve their craft, making them a perfect fit for Flickr and our creative community. With SmugMug, we’ll continue to focus on you, the Flickr members who inspire us all with your work.

    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 Flickr experience as you do now. We will continue to work to make your Flickr experience even better.

    We think you are going to love Flickr under SmugMug ownership, but you can choose to not have your Flickr account and data transferred to SmugMug until May 25, 2018. If you want to keep your Flickr 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.

    If you do not delete your account by May 25, 2018, your Flickr account and data will transfer to SmugMug and will be governed by SmugMug’s Terms and Privacy Policy.

    Read more detailed FAQs about this transition on the Flickr Blog.

    We’re happy that Flickr is your home for photography and we look forward to the next chapter in our adventure together as we join the SmugMug family.

    Thanks,
    The Flickr Team

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