2019 in review

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Dear Flickr friends,

2019 was a spectacularly busy year for Flickr. We exited Yahoo and migrated all our systems—and all your photographs—to new, more reliable infrastructure. SmugMug’s investment in Flickr has allowed us to grow from a tiny team to a small one, with wonderful new Support Heroes and engineers helping us improve the reliability of Flickr and deliver on the promises we made a year ago:

What else did we accomplish together in 2019? Here’s a sample:



Product improvements

  • Better curation: We launched a powerful new tool across the site that speeds up group invites, gallery creation, and album management. We’ve also improved the performance for each of these categories so our most dedicated curators can spend more time engaging with their communities.
  • Mobile Pro Stats: We launched, and then had to remove, and then relaunched an improved stats experience on Flickr’s mobile apps for our Pro members (coming very soon for non-English speakers).
  • Camera Roll: The surprisingly-beloved Camera Roll had to be rebuilt from scratch after our move to AWS, but it’s now up and running, much to members’ delight!
  • Flickr Prints: We launched the ability for members to order truly spectacular prints and ready-to-hang wall art from the best pro labs around the world.
  • Site stability and performance: Our migration to AWS has significantly improved site performance and uptime. We love hearing from members that Flickr is faster and more stable than ever, but we also know that we have plenty of room for growth, and we continue to prioritize these efforts.

This is just a small sampling of many projects we’ve worked on in 2019, and 2020 is already off to a great start. Read this for an update on 2020 plans!