A Very Merry Flickr

Photo of two glass tokens resembling the Flickr logo on artificial ice

This morning Yahoo sent me some good news an email entitled “Merry Flickr.”

Please enjoy 3 more months of Flickr Pro for free as our way of saying thanks this holiday season!

The Flickr community has been slowly dying over the past year or so as Yahoo tragically ignored what was once the champion of photo sharing websites. Many of those in my circle of friends who once spent hours a week on Flickr posting, favoriting, and commenting on photos ultimately allowed their Pro account to lapse, moving to more actively-maintained services like Instagram and 500px. Today, Yahoo is offering three free months of Flickr Pro not just to current Pro users like me but to the former Flickr faithful as well.

Yahoo’s new management, led by CEO Marissa Mayer, seems to be giving the photo service the serious care and attention that it needs and that its user community deserves. Earlier this month a minor website refresh and a not-embarrassing new iPhone app were well-received and appreciated.

I hope this early Christmas gift signals Yahoo’s continued re-commitment to Flickr.