Yahoo just unveiled a completely redesigned website for Flickr, and it looks great. What makes it even better is that each user now gets 1 TB of free storage and 3 minutes of 1080p video.
The new look is very image-centric, as it should be. Profiles are collages of photos in a scrollable list with a Facebook-like cover photo. You can check it out now at Flickr.com.
A message from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on the company’s Tumblr blog (funny how Yahoo bought Tumblr today too):
Photos tell the stories — stories we’re inspired to relive, share with our friends, or capture simply to express ourselves. Collecting these moments is a part of our everyday. Since 2005, Flickr has become synonymous with inspiring imagery. Today, we’re thrilled to take Flickr even further with a beautiful, completely re-imagined experience that puts photos front and center. When it comes to photography, technology and its limits shouldn’t hinder the experience. So we’re also giving our Flickr users one terabyte of space — for free. That’s enough for a lifetime of photos — more than 500,000 original, full-resolution, pixel-perfect, brilliant photos. Flickr users will never have to worry about running out of space.
For $50 per year, ads will be removed from the website and you’ll be given access to analytics tools. $500 per year doubles storage to 2 TB, which is frankly ridiculous.
Flickr has a free iPhone app in the App Store that was redesigned in March. Since that big update, Flickr uploads have increased by 25%. Now that Tumblr is owned by Yahoo, it would be nice to see more improvements made to the iPhone version along with an optimized iPad app. (Tumblr has a really nice app of its own in the App Store as well.)
A recent report claimed that Apple and Yahoo have been talking about deeper integration in upcoming versions of iOS. Flickr is currently a sharing option in OS X Mountain Lion, but not iOS.