Derek Powazek takes a good look at some of the points that have been annoying me about yesterday’s Flickr changes. Considering that I get to keep my Pro account for some unknown time period – and thus get stats, unlimited space and no ads for the very reasonable fee of $25 a year – it’s the design changes that bother me most.
The positive opinions I’ve been hearing seem to mostly come from people with large displays. On a 13” laptop I get a jumble of photos with too little negative space. I get a tiny photo on the photo’s actual page (smaller than the 500px photo of yore, way smaller than the nice 640px we had before the change) and if I click the photo to see it larger it’ll look like ass because of the resizing. That’s not new, though, photos always looked like ass on the view-on-black page. Only the pre-resized photos, like the two(!) “medium” sizes of 500px and 640px, ever looked good.
So, I’ve all my photos on a website that makes it very hard to enjoy them. I’ve a harder time seeing at a glance what interesting photos my contacts have uploaded and what “community action” (really, it’s just comments and such, but the community aspect, one of the reasons I enjoyed Flickr so much, seems to have a much diminished role on New Flickr) has been happening on my photos and photos I’ve commented on.
The sad bit is that I think I’ll probably keep paying for a Pro account as long as I can, despite not really wanting to upload any more photos to Flickr. 500px offers a Plus account that seems to have what matters and costs the same reasonable $25 a year as a Flickr Pro account. I’ll need to look around some more, though.