Eventually they reversed course on the changes, but maybe it was too little, too late:
It seems a lot of Instagram users migrated back to Flickr. The timing is certainly good for them, as they've just released their new app for iOS, which includes:
- It's now easier than ever to share your Flickr photos on Facebook
- Get instant notifications when your Facebook friends join Flickr
- Easily find your Twitter contacts on Flickr
- New notifications when someone comments on a photo you've also commented on
It's obvious that many of the changes are geared toward improving the social experience, which paled in comparison (and lost users) to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
I happened to start using Flickr again last month after I bought my new camera (the gdgt Must-have Sony Cyber-shot RX100 gdgt.com/sony/cyber-shot/dsc-rx100/), mostly because of the ability to display my images at larger sizes and work with them on the web. I wasn't expecting to see a lot of traffic, given the migration to Instagram and other services. So I was surprised when my inbox lit up with friend requests in the past week and a half.
I'm certainly happy to see people back on Flickr, but I wonder how long this will last. Flickr has a good opportunity here to win back users it lost due to its slow adoption of the mobile scene. The new app is a good start, but what do you think?
Also, if you have a Flickr account, check your front page. There should be a message from Flickr with an offer of three months of Flickr Pro. I assume this is their way of trying to retain users and show them the value they get when actually pay for a product. Even if you don't like paying for web services, it's still worth a look.