May 20, 2013 at 8:48 PM ET
Yahoo's purchase of blogging site Tumblr wasn't the only news from the company Monday: It also rolled out its redo of photo-sharing service Flickr, adding a new layout, a refreshed Android app, and perhaps most temptingly, a full terabyte of storage free to all users.
The update couldn't be more welcome, although some may say it's too little, too late: Flickr was among the first big photo-storage sites on the Web, and was incredibly popular — until cooler, more versatile alternatives arrived and stole its thunder. A few minor updates have kept Flickr competitive, but services like Instagram, 500px, and Smugmug have been leeching users away for years.
It will remain free to use, and users will now have not only a new and attractive interface but a terabyte of space in which to store their photos. Depending on how big your photos are, that could be anywhere from a hundred thousand to a million photos — at any rate, not a limit casual or even frequent users are likely to bump up against.
The catch is that from now on, ads will appear on your photo and gallery pages — not likely to be a popular development. For $50, those ads will be removed for you, but not for those looking at your photos.
$500 per year doubles the space to 2 terabytes and blocks the ads, though one could always just start a second account and use that.
For comparison, the $24-a-year Pro accounts available previously allowed essentially unlimited storage, with no ads to be seen on the site — so some may see the new account options as less than appealing.
Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.