November 9, 2022
Flickr parent company SmugMug asking for cash to stay in operation

Flickr Pro, Operating at a Loss, can No Longer Continue, Unless it Gets Money to ‘Keep the Flickr Dream Alive’

SmugMug, the parent company of Flickr, is asking its contributors and fans alike, to sign up for premium subscriptions to keep the platform going…

Photo-hosting service SmugMug has released an open letter. The writing implores fans of photo site Flickr, to sign-up for a Pro subscription to help “keep the Flickr dream alive.”

Flickr Parent Company SmugMug Implores Users for Money

CEO Don MacAskill, the founder of SmugMug, is asking fans to pay for a premium subscription in order to keep the platform in operation.

SmugMug acquired Flickr from Yahoo two years ago. It’s struggled to maintain the site since that time. Just last year, SmugMug ended the terabyte of free storage option — which had been available since 2013 — and additionally limited those users to 1,000 uploads.

MacAskill writes in a letter:

“We didn’t buy Flickr because we thought it was a cash cow. Unlike platforms like Facebook, we also didn’t buy it to invade your privacy and sell your data. We bought it because we love photographers, we love photography, and we believe Flickr deserves not only to live on but thrive. We think the world agrees; and we think the Flickr community does, too. But we cannot continue to operate it at a loss as we’ve been doing.”

Ashley Lipman

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