I've been paying $25 per year for the "pro" account and I never see any ads. Beyond that I don't care. I've also sold more than enough stock stuff through their Flickr Marketplace thing to more than offset the $25.It's the ads, Ray. That's what I objected to. If anyone is going to monetise my photography it's me, not Melissa Mayer. I've found Ipernity to be like Flickr was before they started titting about with it. Never had a problem navigating or sharing from it.
Someone without a pro membership viewing your stream will.
It'll be worth something to someone since it's probably the biggest photo sharing site of its kind*. Let's hope they can find a way to make it more social/engaging.**
I've been pleasantly surprised with Microsoft lately. I have a Signature Edition Dell XPS13 (=Windows 10 without any crapware) and it's a nice, modern OS. And they haven't screwed up Minecraft lol.
Microsoft acquiring Flickr would be a good thing in my book.
*Catering to folks that like to store high-rez/full-rez files on the cloud.
**Wait, I'm turning into a recluse. Screw that
I've never seen ads in my photo stream or in any of the streams of other people I look at, whether they're free or paying members. So I guess for $25 I buy myself out of any exposure to ads on Flickr. I'm not judging anyone else's tolerance (or lack of it) for how they do stuff, but it doesn't bother me...You don't see the ads, Ray. Someone without a pro membership viewing your stream will. They are embedded in your work. You have no control over that, or over what ads are shown in juxtaposition with your photos. That's totally unacceptable to me. There are many other ways to monetise - the ads are a very clumsy way to do so.
Enjoy ad free browsing
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Update: Below is the official response from Flickr, reprinted in full:
Our Ad-Free experience has remained the same since it was introduced in May of 2013.
It may be helpful to first clarify our three account experiences: members can have a Free Account, Ad-Free Account, and Pro Account. Flickr members with a free account will see ads, as will those who are not signed in. A Flickr member with an Ad-Free Account or Pro Account will not see ads. Further, we will never serve ads against Pro Members’ photos, whether the Flickr member is signed in or not.