i was uploading new photos last night, when i suddenly noticed my photo sets disappearing to my dismay! one minute they’re there, the next, they’re gone… along with all the photos that were in the sets. naturally i suspected foul play, and that my photos had been deleted somehow. nope, apparently that’s not the case at all. since i only have a free account, and i had reached the 200 photo mark, my older photos were hidden on purpose by flickr. unless you have a pro account you can only view 200 of your photos. so either you delete some photos or you upgrade to the pro account. i tested this theory by deleting some photos, and voila! one of my sets came back, along with 5 photos.
In my mind there is no real choice. Unless you post a couple photos a month and have no need for more than 3 photosets, it makes sense to upgrade to a Pro account for $24.95 per year. There are other benefits to having a Pro account. Take a look at this list from the Flickr FAQ:
Can I pay to keep more of my photos on Flickr?
Absolutely! Upgrade to a Pro Account for just US$24.95 a year. Here’s what you’ll get with a Pro Account:
- 2 GB monthly upload limit
- Unlimited storage
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited photosets
- Permanent archiving of high-resolution original images
- The ability to replace a photo
- Ad-free browsing and sharing
Compare that to what you get with a Free Account:
- 20 MB monthly upload limit
- 3 photosets
- Photostream views limited to the 200 most recent images
- Storage of smaller (resized) images