Flickr Gets Redesign for the Ages

Melissa Knowles

Every user gets a terabyte of storage. That's the big news that Yahoo! announced Monday for its photo-sharing service Flickr. So exactly how much digital memory is a terabyte? Think of it this way: If you took one high-definition photograph every hour of every day, it would take you approximately 61.5 years to fill all of that storage space. Another way to think of it: 537,731 full-quality photographs would be equal to one terabyte of storage.

In addition to offering more free storage than any other online photo-sharing or social media service, Flickr's look has been completely overhauled. No longer antiquated with blue text links and small or cropped images, the new Flickr is redesigned to let the photos shine -- allowing them to be on full display.

Beyond being able to personalize their Flickr experience with full-quality images, users may also share them across different social media platforms, including Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. Plus, Android users can now get in on the action, too. That was not possible before the redesign.

Over the weekend, there was a lot of speculation that Yahoo! was in the market to purchase Tumblr. The rumors proved true on Monday when Yahoo! announced it had acquired the microblogging site for $1.1 billion. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer tweeted, "I'm delighted to announce that we've reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr! We promise not to screw it up." Mayer also said that Tumblr will continue to operate independently as a separate business and that David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, will remain CEO.

The collaboration is being met with mixed reactions. While some anticipate that Yahoo!'s search capabilities will help people find the content they want on Tumblr, others are worried that Yahoo! will overload Tumblr with endless advertising.

There was also one other major announcement on Monday. The 500-plus Yahoo! employees working out of three New York offices will soon work together under one roof. Yahoo! signed a lease for several floors of the old New York Times building in Times Square. Mayer said there's also enough space for an additional 200 people. The move is expected to happen by the end of the year.

[Related: Yahoo Reboots Flickr, Offers 1 Terabyte of Storage]

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