Flickr has been purchased by photo-sharing service SmugMug

According to a new report from USA Today, Flickr has been purchased (opens in new tab) by photo-sharing service SmugMug. The company says it plans to "[breath] new life" into Flickr by pouring in the necessary resources and focus.

For what it's worth, SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill sure seems bullish about the service:

Flickr is an amazing community, full of some of the world's most passionate photographers. It's a fantastic product and a beloved brand, supplying tens of billions of photos to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Flickr has survived through thick-and-thin and is core to the entire fabric of the Internet."

It's unclear just how much money SmugMug spent on this 14-year-old piece of the entire fabric of the internet, but it has already launched a landing page for SmugMug + Flickr (opens in new tab).

SmugMug, which has been around longer than Flickr, says the two platforms represent "the world's most influential photographer-centric community." It seems the company plans to stand out from services like Google Photos, Facebook, and Twitter by focusing on its community of photographers both amateur and professional as well as its ongoing commitment to privacy.

Here's what MacAskill told USA Today:

We don't mine our customers' photos for information to sell to the highest bidder, or to turn into targeted advertising campaigns.

Hello, Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. — you've just been called out.

MacAskill says he's not entirely sure about the company's long-term plans for Flickr but SmugMug users can rest easy. The company says its products aren't going anywhere.

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  • I already killed my account since Oath took over Yahoo!
  • So I'm assuming that when things shake out, Flickr users who use the site for free will have to kiss that goodbye and those who pay for the pro-version of the site will likely see their annual cost go up. You never just buy something unless you think there's money to be made from it... Free is usually the first to go.
  • I afraid their landing page doesn't give me much hope. Noise and video? I couldn't stand it any longer so I don't know if it ends with anything useful.
  • Flickr has been going downhill since they started screwing around with their photo editing software,just recently its been almost impossible to upload pics in bulk for both paying users and free accounts,their twitter account just keeps redirecting people to their help forum where you can see the lack of interest yourselves..
  • Here we go again... my annual search for a new image host begins. I was hoping I could make it at least a year since imageshack F'd me up.