The follow up question is what's the upside on the flickr acquisition.
Will flickr now (a) try and convert users to smugmug and what % can they hope for over time or (b) introduce a whole new set of subscriptions on flickr directly?
As a non-user of both what would be the advantage of migrating from flickr to sm?
As a user of both Flickr and SmugMug (and, full disclosure, a former SmugMug employee), I think the two sites have different but complementary strengths. I don't think the goal should be (or is) to migrate Flickr users to SmugMug. I think these are two services that can coexist and work well together.
Flickr is more of a casual social place to share your photos and see photos by other people. It's the closest thing we had to Instagram before there was an Instragram, and I think casual social photosharing is still what Flickr is best at.
Except for the photos themselves, everyone's Flickr photostreams, albums, etc. look the same. They all share a consistent sitewide design that looks good and works well, but that you can't customize. This is where SmugMug comes in.
SmugMug is completely customizable. You have full control over what pages are on your SmugMug site, what functionality those pages have, and how they look. You can use pre-built templates to get functionality similar to Flickr, but you can also fully customize SmugMug to be the homepage for your photography business, complete with a portfolio, a shopping cart where people can buy prints and digital downloads, password-protected pages for your clients to review photo shoots, etc.
In other words, Flickr is a great place for casual social photosharing, and SmugMug is a great place for photographers to really showcase their best work, or even to run their photography business. Two great tastes that taste great together. 🙂
I hope that they don't change the free 1TB of photos or monetize Flickr more haha I like free and open source things :) That's my only concern, but Smugmug is a great company, that I feel might be more human than others so hopefully not.
I don't know anything about the path forward for them except they're very excited. However, if I were them (and I haven't had any discussions with them about this), I would wonder about that free terrabyte. Dropbox gives you two GB, Google Drive gives you 15 GB. Google photos is interesting, giving you unlimited if you let them resize them.
I dunno, but a terrabyte for free is pretty amazing.
I'm really excited for the renewed interest and internet attention that FLICKR is getting since this news. It feels positive.
Exactly! This is my favorite thing about Flickr. It is very generous and inviting and I will stay there and be a faithful user of their site because of it (and a few other things) :). They are also the only service that allows you to link your photo to other places by using a special code, without a large fee of course. This aspect alone is very much "for the people" and not for the profits or revenues of the corporation, which I appreciate greatly. Right now, its a community platform that really seems to care about the community and I hope that doesn't change.
Don is doing a great job, imo, of a Reddit AMA.
Flickr is all about a long-lasting, deep, abiding photographer community. It's not about showing a photo to quickly gather some likes & comments today, only to never have that photo be seen again. It's about engaging in visual storytelling that lasts forever.
It's also not about keeping your photos in a walled garden like Instagram. Flickr photos and links permeate the entire Internet. Photographers should be empowered to reach their audience, whoever that may be, wherever they want to consume them.
Yeah, that was a really fantastic AMA. He answered virtually every question, and he answered them honestly and directly, even the tough ones. Of course, I'd expect nothing less from Don. 🙂