This is the text I posted under my last ever public flickr upload:

Dear Flickr Friends,

I’ve spent the last few days thinking about the fiasco that is “New Flickr” (anyone remember “New Coke” and how that went down?) and I’ve arrived at a decision. It is time to pack up my bags, or rather albums, and make a permanent move to ipernity.com. I have already moved my entire photostream there. It was incredibly easy, because ipernity has created a tool which lets you move your Flickr photos in batches of 90, keeping all the data, descriptions, titles, tags and even uploading them in the correct order!

FIND ME HERE: www.ipernity.com/home/293005

I’ve tagged those of you who have not yet made the move to ipernity, just in case this post will convince you to join the new doll community that is being formed there. It is exactly like the old Flickr, except BETTER, because there are more features and staff that actually cares and listens to you.

It’s not a case of not being able to use the new Flickr format. I’ve figured it all out now and I still find it irritating, counter-intuitive, in-your-face, crowded, claustrophobic, poorly thought out, poorly executed, full of glitches, slow and just downright UGLY.

Apart from the aesthetic problems, the vibe of Flickr has also changed for the worse. I am not a fan of social networking. I don’t have a facebook or twitter account. In fact, Flickr was the only social networking site I ever used. The reason? I may sound snobby now, but I always felt that there was something refined and highbrow about this site - or rather, the old site. It was frequented by artists, professional photographers (yes, there still is such a thing), amateur photographers who were nevertheless interested in good photography, historians posting archival materials, designers of all kinds, and “my people” – collectors showcasing in the beauty of their collections.

Flickr’s old layout was perfect, because it was like looking at the walls of a gallery or browsing through an artist’s portfolio. The white space was essential – it let the images breathe and speak for themselves. Now, with everything jammed together, flickr looks like a page out of a google image search. I hate it. I find it vulgar, tacky and tasteless. It has become decidedly low brow, catering to a different crowd.

Finally – and this is the most important factor leading to my decision – Flickr staff have handled this situation appallingly. Instead of listening to their customers, they are censoring criticism. They have shut down threads and banned people from the Help forums. It is obvious that they are after a new market and are quite happy to kick their old customers to the curb. So, like in any relationship, I will not hang around if I feel that I am being disrespected and unappreciated.

I will miss those of you who decide to stay here, but I can no longer put up with what Flickr has become. I hope that many of you will join us in building a new doll collectors’ utopia at ipernity.

Love to you all,
Petra

PS. I will continue to use Flickr as emergency backup storage, but that is all it will be to me. I am downgrading my pro account to a free account and setting all my images on “private.” I will do this after a couple of weeks, so that everyone has time to see this message. I don’t want to get any more pageviews, because I don’t want to generate advertising revenue for a site that I now abhor. If you wish to see my photostream, you know where to find me.