flickr Pro?

Why we’re changing Flickr free accounts by  Andrew Stadlen Andrew Stadlen

Lastly, we looked at our members and found a clear line between Free and Pro accounts: the overwhelming majority of Pros have more than 1,000 photos on Flickr, and more than 97% of Free members have fewer than 1,000. We believe we’ve landed on a fair and generous place to draw the line.

I’m a long time flickr user who has had a pro account off and on over the years. When Yahoo set the upload limit to 1TB I took the bait. Over the last 14 years, I have uploaded over 10,683 photos to flickr. Many of these images are embedded or linked to from my this website. Many of those links will break once Flickr started culling my photos down to 1000. And if I want to continue to use Flick I will have to cull the remainder to make room for new images. I need to find a way to find and remove all these Flickr links so that I am never in this position again. And then … perhaps delete my flickr account.


  1. I have to ask myself whether the cost of the Pro membership is justified in terms of what I want online?

    I suspect that the simple answer is “No”. My way forward will be to delete all but the more recent photos, and stay free.

    I joined Flickr in 2005 as a Pro member. Along the way, broken Flickr systems, etc., I dumped the Pro membership. Most of my photos pass through my phone or iPad on the way to my blog, so it was convenient, as a third backup, to switch on the auto upload on the mobile devices. As a result I now have thousands of private images, as well as over a thousand public ones.

    Most of the recent shared photos are IFTTT/WP shares, linked to my blog. Even the way I do that is changing, so maybe I’ll just close the account?

    1. I’m not sure what to do. I have over 10,000 images on flickr, many of which are embedded into my website. Deleting my account or deleting photos results in the same problem — broken links in blog posts. It’s been a long ride — 14 years — but perhaps I need to give them some money.

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