Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has brought back its subscription-based Flickr Pro service after two years for its new and existing members. The company had reportedly brought back the paid subscription plans after “high amount of requests” from users.
Members can avail the premium service for $5.99/month or $49.99/year. Usernames of paid members will now be displayed with a badge. Users with existing Pro and Flickr Ad-Free account service will be upgraded to the new features with no change in pricing. Along with the ad-free experience while viewing your photos or someone else’s, the paid plan will come with “new and improved stats.”
The advanced analytics will provide an improved navigation system for looking up data on photos. The number of views for a photo, the number of images in the library and other statistics can be viewed. In May 2013, Yahoo Marissa Mayer had announced the end of Flickr Pro by saying that they didn’t want to have Flickr Pro anymore. Users who opt for the annual plan will get a 20 percent discount on Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Service and free shipping for company merchandise (books and wall art) in the U.S and 50 percent off for international shipping.
The Flickr app is free for download for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. Recently, Flickr released several updates, bringing in Camera Roll, search and mobile apps. For more information, users can check the Flickr’s upgrade page here. Several tech companies like Google and Facebook are in the process of improving their photos service.
Google brought in unlimited storage for Google Photos, and Facebook released a user recognition feature. In 2013, Flickr had a total of 87 million active accounts with 3.5 million images uploaded every day. By providing a premium service with professional features, Yahoo aims to attract users.[ Source ]