Chris joins Leo for the last time in 2019 to talk about Flickr, which he calls the original social network for photography. But it's been a rough road for Flickr in the last few years, after an unlimited uploading scheme, Yahoo being bought by Verizon. And finally, SmugMug now owns them. Chris says that SmugMug is really the best platform for Flickr because it's all about photography. So Flickr is back to its original purpose. Sadly though, SmugMug has started pushing the pro tier aggressively, and that's a bad sign. It's an expensive proposition to house all that storage and maintain them with full feature social networking capability. So if SmugMug is asking users to pledge to buy the pro level, it may be that they've reached a point where it can no longer support a large free tier.
On the other hand, there's a lot of integration with software like Adobe Lightroom, so could Flickr be too big to fail? It certainly causes for concern moving forward.
Reminder our next photo assignment is - INDUSTRIAL. Take a photo of, about, or otherwise concerning the concept of "INDUSTRIAL" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "INDUSTRIAL" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on January's photo contest review segment!