I will renew my flickr pro account and here is why.
1. I made over $500/month on Getty last month. If I can make $6,000 per year from a handful of images, why not take the money? Getty's payout is a paltry 20%, but hey, 20% of something is better than 100% of nothing.
2. I love flickr's organizational tools for sets/albums. I can use +Jeremy Brooks
' SuprSetr program to read the keywords on my photos and put them in the sets that they need to go in automatically. This is super easy and just requires me to push a single button. Because of this I've been able to make over 1,600 sets on flickr that I love. http://goo.gl/u1KE
3. Flickr still does index for search fairly well and alot of people go to flickr directly to search for photos. When they find photos of mine that they want to license they contact me and I get to keep 100% of the money. Why turn this source of images on the web off.
4. Flickr is a great place to promote Google+ and places where I'm more active on the web. I've got thousands of followers on the site and it would be silly to just disregard that as a distribution platform. Personally I'm pleased that I've been able to use my flickr account to help get so many of my best flickr friends over here on G+.
5. Flickr may finally wake up someday and improve and offer us new and interesting things. +Markus Spiering
has promised us a renewed focus by Flickr this year (Markus runs flickr) and if Flickr were to actually innovate finally they might be able to ship some pretty cool stuff.
6. Flickr allows me to store my full sized original images as long as they are under 25MB (they should raise this to 35MB, but that's another story). If someone wants to license an image I can just send them a link to the original image and tell them to right click and download it to their computer. This is easier than me having to screw around with images. To store my full sized high res on Google it would cost me over $500/year. That makes no sense to me when flickr will store my images for $23.50/year.
But.... all of my social activity has basically moved here because Google+ offers such a better social experience. Flickr is mostly just a dumping place for images for me these days. I don't interact there anymore. Well, except maybe to fave images by +Lotus Carroll
. But really 98% of my social time now is spent here.
I doubt I'll ever give up my flickr account myself personally, but I'm an edge case. Without Getty or heavy set/organizational use or image licensing sales, I think the majority of the more casual users are sort of saying, why pay Flickr money when we get something better at G+ for free? Which I think is a very good question indeed and one that should keep Flickr up at night and keep Google Photos trying to out innovate flickr to pull more and more of these people from there over here.