The world’s most-beloved, money-losing business needs your help

Dear friends,

First, and above all else: thank you. Thank you for being a part of our community. Thank you for caring about Flickr.

Two years ago, Flickr was losing tens of millions of dollars a year. Our company, SmugMug, stepped in to rescue it from being shut down and to save tens of billions of your precious photos from being erased.

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I’m very ambivalent about this appeal. For years I had a Pro flickr account when I thought that viewing statistics and not having ads were important to me, but let it go when our own personal economic crisis happened. This was when flickr was still my go-to place to upload vacation and family photos for sharing, and before Instagram, the  Facebook and What’sApp and at least half a dozen other image sharing apps appeared on the scene. I never had thousands of photos uploaded to flickr, although I also had to cull about 300 photos to stay within SmugMug’s 1000 photo limit for free accounts, and always had the original on my hard drive and a backup drive.

But someone made a very germane comment on the Twitter the other day and I tend to agree with it:

What are your thoughts? Is it time to let flickr go the way of geocities?