Chris says that Flickr used to be a great photo community of photographers, by photographers. But then Yahoo started with the free 1TB and it was simply unsustainable. Eventually, it was sold to Verizon, and then to SmugMug.
Since SmugMug bought Flickr, they have changed the business model, and sadly, the 1TB of free storage is going away. Users will instead get 1,000 free photos and videos to store. Anything after that and it will be deleted starting with the oldest photos first. So users with more than 1,000 still images may want to consider buying one of their Pro photo storage packages moving forward, as Flickr is seeking to get the site back to its photo community roots. And right now, Flickr is offering a 30% discount on the annual pro packages.
Users have until the end of the year to get their photos down to 1,000. You can download all of your photos and videos, including your account data by clicking on your buddy icon, then Settings. Select "Request my Flickr Data" on the lower right corner of that screen. Once the files are ready you will receive a notification to download the content.
Chris says if you need a photo backup option, there's always Google Photos, or if you're an Amazon Prime member, you'll have unlimited photo backup as well. But he thinks that bringing Flickr back to it's roots with limited posting will keep it alive.
Don't forget our current assignment - "Glasses". Take a photo of, about, or otherwise concerning the concept of "Glasses" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Glasses" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!