Yesterday, I, like many others, made the decision to abandon ship.

It wasn't a hard choice.

A lot of you undoubtedly know what happened. But if you'll indulge me?

I joined flickr in august 2009. I'd had an earlier account, some long time before that, but I was young, and forgot it. Hopefully is has been long since deleted. I dread to think what appaling webcam selfies lurk within. As I say, I joined 'officially' in 2009, though the account saw little use untill 2011, when I developed a genuine interest in photography.

I bought my first DLSR- a Nikon D3000 (I have since upgraded twice, to a D5000 and last month to a D7000), and the obvious choice of where to upload my photography was flickr. I already had an account, and followed groups and occasionally lurked the forums. The community was what drew me in. I say 'drew'. I dragged me, kicking and screaming.

And the feedback I got was encouraging. People congratulated me on images they liked, with comments and favourites. I started to feel more confident and started leaving my own comments, started cultivating my own favourites. I was uploading a lot, and so it became obvious really that I needed to 'go pro'. I did so, with no regrets.

Now, very little changed on flickr during these last two years. Yahoo had purchased the site, and seemed happy to leave it be, even if it was in slow, steady decline, it worked, and I became deeply entrenched.

At last count, my contact list on flickr was somewhere around a mighty 400. 400 people who interacted with me and with whom I interacted in return. And two days ago, I essentially lost those people.

After their high-profile acquisition of tumblr (Yahoo's plan being that purchasing the blogs of thousands of 13 year old girls, and all the porn anyone could handle would presumabley put them back on top?) they dropped a bomb- a massive and fundamental redesign of flickr. Fundamental, but equally superficial.

Many will have noticed that this redesign is purely at face level. They have only enacted the redesign on photostreams, groups and the like. They made no changes to the forums, or the stats, indeed, anything at the community level. It speaks volumes about how they regard flickr- not a community of intermingled amatuer and professional photographers (Yahoo/Flickr CEO Marissa Mayer stated 'There's no such thing as professional photographers'), but a place to monetize the users images. To advertise the shit out of us. And to charge $50 a year to browse ad-free (as if adblock doesn't exist).

I sat and watched the english language forum, as a thread grew to over 250 pages, with 25,000 responses from very, very angry users. Demanding simple changes- "let us revert to the old view!", "we just want the choice to go back to how it was!". Flickr's response? "we're listening" (but we wont do anything about it, so suck it up, bitches).

More damning than anything else- they didn't think to ask. They didn't care what we might have to say about their plans. Didn't offer a chance to trial it. They didn't care in the slightest what the veteran, paying users thought. We were not the people they wanted on flickr. They made that clear. They want 'millenials'. Tweens with smartphones and instagram.

They don't want me, and so I don't want them.

So I came here. And here is... friendly, familiar. Everyone's so helpful and pleasant. I suppose this is what it's like to move to Canada.

As Nikon's advertising song (from the album Ghost, by Radical Face) says- Welcome Home, Son.