How to make the most out of the new Flickr

Martin Brinkmann
May 21, 2013

Yahoo announced a major overhaul of its photo hosting and sharing community Flickr yesterday. You have probably read about it on every other tech blog by now. I do not want to rehash all that has been repeated that many times but concentrate on how you can make the most out of the new Flickr experience.

To start, I will take a quick look at the major changes and go from there. Probably the biggest change of them all is the removal of the 300 Megabyte per month upload restriction for free users. The 1 Terabyte of space that all Flickr users get on the new site would be just a marketing gag without it. So, you are no longer limited when it comes to photo uploads (except for the 200 MB per photo limit).

New and old users alike are automatically upgraded so that they can make use of the storage. Flickr Pro accounts on the other hand won't be offered anymore. Existing Pro users can renew the account for the time being. The main difference between the old Pro account and the new paid accounts are that storage space is limited to 1TB or 2TB while it is not limited for Pro account users.

Anyway, you can check out the account FAQ over at Flickr for additional information.

Flickr Tips

  • You can check your current storage space utilization by hovering over your profile icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Links to upgrade the free account to become a paying member are available here as well.
  • Use drag and drop or the file browser to upload photos and videos on the upload page. Note that you cannot drag folders on to the screen. If you have issues with the new uploader, use the old one. The third alternative is Flickr's Upload by email option.
  • Information about photos and videos that you want to upload are displayed on the left side as soon as you select at least one photo. Probably the most important setting here is the visibility setting that determine if the images are publicly available or limited to select users. To select all photos at once, use Ctrl-A.
  • You can define default settings for uploads on the Privacy settings page. This includes the visibility, license, whether you want EXIF data to be imported and the safety level and content type. Modifying the settings here can speed up the upload process significantly.
  • Make sure you check the sharing and extending section to find out if your uploads are automatically shared on connected social networking sites. This is only true for publicly visible photos but it is still a good idea to verify that the settings are correct.
  • You can batch edit photos on the organize page. This enables you to modify permissions, dates, tags or the description for all selected photos at once.
  • Cover photos are limited to recent photos only. Note that the visibility of the photo needs to be public or friend's only before you can select it. You can change its visibility level back once you have saved it as your new cover photo.
  • You can access your profile with a click on the three white dots and the selection of the option from the context menu there.
  • If you used the old site actively you may find the Recent Activity view helpful. While it won't bring back Flickr's old design and layout, you may find it more appropriate to work with. You can also open a different photostream view on Flickr by appending ?details=1 to the url while you are on the photostream page. You can achieve the same result by clicking on edit here.

alternative photo stream

Have anything to add? What's your impression of the new Flickr?


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL:

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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