SmugMug snaps up Flickr, promises 'the future is bright'

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Photo-sharing site Flickr has been acquired by photo hosting service SmugMug. According to USA Today, SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill is committed to 'breathing new life' into the once market-leading service, and will maintain it as 'a standalone community of amateur and professional photographers'.

One of the most important and popular services of the digital photography boom of the mid 2000s, Flickr was acquired by Yahoo more than a decade ago, but in recent years the site has been in decline as once-loyal users abandoned the stagnant platform in favor of competitive services. Flickr loyalists had hoped that Yahoo's then-new CEO Melissa Mayer would be able to 'make Flickr awesome again' when she took over in 2012, but the once industry-leading photo site never regained its former relevance.

Following Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo and Flickr in 2017, it looked possible that the service might be shuttered, but it seems that with the SmugMug acquisition, this one-time giant of the digital photography landscape may have a brighter future than some users had feared.

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BobH

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Flickr's still around? Who knew? Wonder if I have any photos languishing there, I'll have to go look.
 

Bill Anderson

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Wasn't SmugMug the outfit that started charging users for sharing photos they had stored on SmugMug with other websites, such as this one or its sister website, Railroad Forums. I remember the complaints from SmugMug users whose photos were no longer visible on those other websites.
 

BobH

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No, that was PhotoBucket that pulled that trick and broke a ton of photos. Though SmugMug might have done something like that too, not sure.
 


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