Why we’re changing Flickr free accounts | Flickr Blog

I’ve got a lot of photos on Flickr (even though I don’t use it directly much these days) and I’ve paid up for a pro account to protect those photos, but I’m very worried about this:

Beginning January 8, 2019, Free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos.

That in itself is fine, but any existing non-pro accounts with more than 1000 photos will have older photos deleted until the total comes down to 1000. This means that anyone linking to those photos (or embedding them in blog posts or articles) will have broken links and images.

Tears in the rain.

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Dominik Schwind

Basically everything has been said but not by everybody. So here’s me.

Flickr – remember Flickr? – is in the news again because the new owners decided that they would quit the (honestly insane) policy to let everybody just upload everything with abandon and restrict the free account to 1000 photos. This triggered a lot of discussion – MetaFilter is on it, obviously. The only thing that is worrying me is the deletion of old photos – links will die away, embedded images will vanish. Tears in the rain. But they seem to be working with creative commons to at least rescue the photos which are in the commons.

Unrelated to this announcement I’ve been thinking about alternatives to Flickr – I’ve been half-heartedly indieweb-ifying my blog for quite a while and I have sort-of plans to write my own indieweb-first CMS and just like Marc I intend to follow the own-your-data premise and move the (good god) almost 7000 photos from Flickr to my own site. All I need to do is think of a way to properly move all the metadata with it. Fun! Until then I’ll happily stay at Flickr, though – I’ve had a pro account ever since there were pro accounts and the current billing cycle won’t be over until some time late next year, so I still have some time to think about it.

Eric Drechsel


Perkeep has a rough Flickr importer that could likely be made to do a full import with just a bit of tweaking. Perkeep, designed with photo storage/sharing/publishing as a primary use case, has many of the features folks might want in a self-hosted Flickr replacement such as file metadata indexing/search, a flexible custom metadata model, and a nice browsing UI.

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