The online photography industry has been consolidated with the acquisition of Flickr by SmugMug. The good news for Flickr users is that the two companies will work as separate entities after the closing of the transaction.
SmugMug acquires Flickr
SmugMug bought Flickr from Yahoo for an undisclosed amount. Yahoo itself is now owned by Verizon. This acquisition will give SmugMug a large user base that currently has 75 million registered photographers and more than 100 million unique users who display billions of photographs. In terms of unique visitors, comScore claims that the site had 13.1 million visitors in March 2018.
For small businesses looking for images or photographers wishing to showcase their work, this means that Flickr users will receive an update, at least that is what it is. they hope. Account lockout and Yahoo authentication were issues that Flickr complained about. The SmugMug platform is looking to change many operational issues Flickr users do not like the service.
In the press release, MacAskill, CEO of SmugMug, said: "Since the first day, our passion has allowed photographers to tell the stories they want to tell, the way which they want to tell them, and our investment in Flickr reaffirms this commitment. "
No major changes
The company has announced that Flickr users can continue to use their current credentials to access their accounts and nothing will change. On his blog, Flickr has posted a FAQ stating that the SmugMug and Flickr accounts will remain separate and independent in the foreseeable future and that it is not planned to merge the products.
What are SmugMug and Flickr?
As a photographic platform, SmugMug allows photographers to present their work by creating portfolios, using its e-commerce platform to sell their images and preserve their work. SmugMug prides itself in providing 24/7 support to real people as well as events to teach the art of photography through tips, tutorials, trainings and tutorials. webinars and forums with renowned photographers.
Flickr is a community of photographers who share their images. The site has two million groups and tens of billions of photographs in its archives.
Whether you want to stay with Flickr and / or SmugMug, you have many other options. Each of these companies has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of price, functionality, community and more. But with most of them offering an option or a free trial, you can try them out before opting for the paid version.
You can try Shutterstock, 500Px, Imgur, DeviantArt, ThisLife, Photobucket, and many more.