While it pales in popularity compared to the big social networks, photo-sharing site Flickr is still around.
The price of the acquisition wasn’t revealed, but SmugMug says that the two services joining together will create “the world’s most influential photographer-centric community.” SmugMug’s CEO Don MacAskill added “Flickr has survived through thick-and-thin and is core to the entire fabric of the Internet.”
SmugMug has promised that it will devote more attention and resources to Flickr than it received while under Yahoo, along with the latter’s subsequent owner Verizon, and that the site will continue to operate separately as it does now.
MacAskill admitted to USA Today that he has no specific plans in place for Flickr, “I don’t know what the future holds.
This is a new model for me,” adding “It sounds silly for the CEO not to totally know what he’s going to do… We try to listen to our customers and when enough of them ask for something that’s important to them or to the community, we go and build it.”
“We’ll make sure to involve our loyal customers in the process as we grow both SmugMug and Flickr.” It seems that Flickr’s new owner is at least a much better match than Yahoo or Verizon ever was, and at least has the service’s best interests in mind.
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