This week's flashy redesign of Flickr shifts the Yahoo-owned photo-sharing website away from subscription revenue and more toward ad revenue. But Yahoo also could look to monetize another Flickr feature: printing hard copies of photos.
Flickr reached a deal with printing service Snapfish in 2009 that made it easy for users to order photos on paper and other items such as mugs and clothing. Several other services use Flickr's data stream for free to make prints, though only Snapfish is integrated into the website.
"Yahoo strives to be partner friendly, and we enjoy working with Snapfish as our printing partner for Flickr," the statement said.
Snapfish, owned by
Flickr's redesign acknowledges the need to attract people who mostly take pictures with their cellphones. In continuing that push, the next version of Apple's iOS operating system might have Flickr built into it, 9to5Mac reported Tuesday.
The redesign and improved mobile features could help Flickr stand out in a suddenly fast-changing market. But many Flickr users have complained about the new look, saying it ignores the needs of professional photographers. They have threatened to abandon the website, and there's no shortage of alternatives.