This is what I saw when I logged into Flickr today so I got curious about what the whole “Flickr Black Day” thing meant and looked it up. There was a time when I was so involved in the Flickr community that I would have already known, but I kind of keep to my own photostream these days for the most part. After some research and thought, I decided to participate (and sign the petition).
Here are my thoughts:
- I'm not against change. I've been a member of Flickr since October of 2005 and I have seen a lot of change over the years.
- I loved my Pro membership and gladly paid the $24.95 each year. I’m pretty mad that they made changes that made my pro membership less valuable – especially since I had just renewed it for the next 2 years.
- I don’t like the new home page options of Flickr and the proposed beta changes do not look any better.
- Why can't we still opt to have more options if we are willing to pay for a pro membership?
- Why were there so many changes implemented this year without any opportunity for us to have a say?
- Why break something that was working so well?
- I understand that nature of social photo sharing has changed drastically. I'm ok with that evolution. I just really miss the options we used to have. Obviously, I'm not the only one.
- There are many sides to this debate and I'm torn in some ways on where to stand. I think Thomas Hawk brought up some very good points in this post about why he doesn't support this Flickr Black Day movement. thomashawk.com/2013/12/why-i-dont-support-black-day-at-fl... and I agree with many of his points.
Want to get involved?
Join in the protest against the new layout of flickr.com. Download a Flickr Black Day image (feel free to use mine) and post only the black day image to your photostream on December 8, 2013.
SIGN THE PETITION:
This petition against flickr's changes needs 10,000 signatures. it already has nearly 6,000.
Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:
This is a mark of protest against the new Beta change which Flickr proposes to force upon all users ..
If you wish to make protest, then please only upload a " Black " picture on the 8th December
With the new platform Beta Team Flickr intend to make further changes that will limit severely the exchanges between users:
1 - There will be no white space below the photo for description, comments or invitations to groups
2 - Difficult to write a comment that contains more than 3 words
3 - We can not see who supports our pics
4 - We can not see in which groups the photo appears
5 - The images of the award will not be visible
6 - The visits will no longer be visible. The latter will only appear in Recent Activity, others will be lost.
7 - For Admin it will become impossible to manage groups so many will close.
8 - Our descriptions, including quotes, links to YouTube or other sites will be hidden
Changes should not delete/destroy/ruin the very factors which caused us to join flickr in the first place ...
Example of page showing how the Beta Flickr shall be.... in first comment.
Will I still use Flickr?
Yes! I still love Flickr and it still is the best photo storage/sharing option I’ve ever found. I don’t love the new design that came about this year. I am worried about some of the proposed beta changes. I will still use Flickr though. It has been a great solution for me.
I’ll be curious to hear your opinions!