It seems that Flickr is reducing the storage provided to non-paying users of its facilities.
The company said months ago that it planned to whittle free accounts down from a terabyte to only 1,000 images and delete the rest on Feb. 5. After that, if users wanted to post more photos to the site, they would have to purchase a Flickr Pro account that would run them $50 annually. Flickr announced these changes back in November as part of an overhaul to focus on paid subscriptions after it was purchased by SmugMug last year.
But despite giving users plenty of time to prepare for this massive photo purge, many were—hm, let’s say unprepared … Some users also reported getting error messages while they were attempting to download their photos, which the company seemed to imply in its statement Wednesday was part of the reason it pushed the deadline back to March 12. Needless to say, some Flickr users seemed genuinely pleased to have another month to get this squared away.
For a step-by-step guide for how to download your photos, we’ve got you covered right here. But photo nerds, seriously, this is your last chance.
There’s more at the link.
I don’t use Flickr myself, but I know many people who do. You’ve got less than a month to download your images, after which you may lose them – or most of them, at any rate.