Flickr, the popular photo hosting service, was sold by Oath Inc. (formerly Yahoo!). The service now enters the SmugMug portfolio, another photo sharing / hosting service, which is available only on a subscription basis and is used by many professional photographers to host portfolios. It seems that Flickr as we already know it will not disappear, and it will remain intact after the acquisition
The details of this transaction are not known, but SmugMug is an internet service. It was set up in 2002, two years before Flickr was launched, and is backed up by users' subscriptions. Instead, Flickr also integrates a free plan for users, who are exposed to commercials. Of course, Flickr also offers the opportunity to buy a monthly or yearly subscription ($ 6 a month or $ 50 a year), which comes with discounts for some software packages and the ability to automatically upload photos from your PC
SmugMug plans for Flickr at this time are to keep what's already there and try to add new features in the future, probably in a way that the databases of the two services could communicate with each other. Given that SmugMug is courting users in professional photographers, and Flickr is for "anyone," the clip launched on the occasion of the acquisition features more photographers, from amateurs to photojournalists and drone pilots, suggesting that this move will bring the whole community of photographers together.
Oath Inc., which belongs to Verizon's US telecom operator, remains in the portfolio with Tumblr, Yahoo !, BrightRoll and Flurry. Under this brand are also included online publications such as Autoblog, Engadget, HuffPost and TechCrunch, as well as other online services like Cambio.com, AOL Mail, Netscape, MapQuest and CompuServe