I’ve had a bit more time to think about the changes to flickr. On the whole I don’t like them, and I don’t think I’m alone. My views have dropped to about 1/3 of their normal daily average since the change, and I noticed that the upload graphs from popular camera models have also taken a sharp decrease. Interestingly, uploads from iphone and samsung smart phones have increased over the same period, which probably indicates the type of use flickr are now hoping for.
The thing I miss is the details of each picture in the photostream; the number of views, title, description etc. and the list of sets. The detailed picture page has been spoiled by moving the metadata out of the picture area and below the fold in the page. I think if these elements were visible I would be quite happy with the changes. I generally like the more modern look with the configurable banner, but the whole site looks a bit messy now.
Because I have a pro account and don’t want to lose the price advantage of keeping it I’ve changed to an automatically renewing subscription, but it doesn’t renew until September so I’m looking at alternatives. I’ve bought a 3 month subscription to ipernity so I can give it a proper trial, and I also started a 14 day trial with smugmug, but my first impressions with smugmug were not good. I don’t like the fact that theme changes don’t seem to apply across the whole site, and it’s quite expensive. To be fair, I don’t think it’s aimed at the amateur photographer interested in social feedback.
Ipernity does look like a viable alternative. In styling it is very like the flickr of a few weeks ago and is similarly priced. I’m added a few photos and albums every few days to see how I get on with it.