One of the things that I’ve liked about being able to pay Yahoo and Flickr $24.95 per year, is that it comes with an advertising free experience. The deal between Yahoo and Pro accounts is simple, and can be summed up in Flickr’s own words: “No ads in your browsing experience.”
While new Flickr Pro accounts are no longer available, all existing Pro accounts were given an opportunity to grandfather in their Pro accounts and continue them ad free. If users want an ad free experience now, they have to pay double the price as the old Pro account, but it’s still an option.
In the past, when paid accounts on Flickr have complained about advertisements, Flickr pointed them to a toolbar that a user likely installed: “If you are pro, we don’t show you ads on Flickr, but you may have unintentionally installed a browser toolbar, extension or add-on that is serving them.”
I’ve always respected Flickr for offering this ad-free option, it’s a refreshing departure from Facebook, where we are bombarded with ads at every turn.
Unfortunately, today Flickr has reneged on their advertising free account by forcing a new Yahoo tool bar on all Flickr users, both those with free ad supported accounts and those of us with paid ad-free versions. It’s an ugly intrusion to an otherwise beautiful new Flickr. It also advertises at me on *every* *single* *page* on Flickr — a bunch of Yahoo services that I *do* *not* *want.*
Complete with a Yahoo logo, the forced real estate takeover also offers me Home, Mail, News, Sports, Finance, Weather, Games, Groups, Answers, Flickr, omg!, Shine, Movies, Music, TV, Health, Shopping, Auto, Travels, Home.
There is no way to disable this forced tool bar. Worse it follows you as you scroll down the page. It never goes away. As of right now it is impossible to be on any page on Flickr without having these hyperlinked ads in your face.
I think these advertisements are just awful. I think they are distasteful and I think it’s unfortunate that Yahoo is so greedy that they cannot be satisfied with our simply paying them for an ad-free experience. If Yahoo cannot make enough money off of Flickr, then increase the price, or give us an option to pay more and remove this intrusive forced advertising bar.
Flickr is supposed to be an elegant, paid, ad-free, photo experience — or at least one version of it is. Forcing advertisements like this on ad-free accounts is wrong. Flickr should give all paid accounts an option to x out this ugly marketing based tool bar and make it go away.
There are few things as annoying as having a toolbar forced on you with a bunch of advertising links to things that you do not want. You can follow user reaction to this new forced tool bar in the Flickr Help Forum here.
You can and should do better than this Flickr.
7 Replies to “Yahoo and Flickr Renege on Their Paid Advertising Free Accounts”
this was beta tested a couple months ago, with great disdain. there’s a clumsy adblocker workaround, which i’m using. see this thread:
As I mentioned on Twitter, Firefox users can block the navbar with the User Style Manager extension.
See this forum thread comment for instructions.
I know this isn’t exactly the point as the navbar should have never been there to begin with. But at least it can blocked.
You just can’t win dang. It’s a pain to avoid them no matter what site you’re on.
My brother suggested I may like this web site. He was
once totally right. This post actually made my day.
You can not believe simply how so much time I had
spent for this information! Thanks!
What’s up, all the time i used to check weblog posts here early in the break of day, for the reason that i enjoy to gain knowledge of more and more.
Howdy! This blog post could not be written much better!
Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
He constantly kept talking about this. I most certainly will forward this article to
him. Fairly certain he’ll have a good read. Thanks for sharing!
Feel free to surf to my web page ?????? ??????? ?????? ???
Extraordinarily educative thank you, I believe your trusty readers might want even more information such as this carry on the wonderful effort.
Comments are closed.