Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: Flickr user base ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Flickr user base
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: ajfrosty-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 22 Jul 2005 11:42 PDT
Expires: 21 Aug 2005 11:42 PDT
Question ID: 546695
How many people use flickr (free subscription)?

Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 22 Jul 2005 12:46 PDT
Hello ajfrosty-ga,

This seems to be a quickly moving target. I can give you information
about how many users there were when Yahoo! bought Flickr earlier this
year and a couple of more recent blog reports about how quickly the
database is growing. Would this meet your needs?

~ czh ~

Clarification of Question by ajfrosty-ga on 22 Jul 2005 13:41 PDT
"I can give you information about how many users there were when
Yahoo! bought Flickr earlier this year"

This is the number I want.  If you have a good estimate for the
percentage of pro users, that would be worth another $10.

Subject: Re: Flickr user base
Answered By: czh-ga on 22 Jul 2005 17:06 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello ajfrosty-ga,

A June, 2005 newsreport citing a ?company spokesman? states that
Flickr has 775,000 registered users and 19,5 million photos and a 30
percent monthly growth rate.

The month before Yahoo! acquired Flickr, Stewart Butterfield, Flickr?s
CEO, stated in an interview that Flickr had 270,000 users and 4
million photos.

Neither the Flickr or Yahoo! websites provide official numbers of
subscribers or photos. You will have to draw your own conclusions
based on what credibility you attribute to the sources cited.

Wishing you well for your project.

~ czh ~

June 15, 2005 
Flickr to Add Print to Photo Service 
By Susan Kuchinskas 

Flickr, the online photo service owned by Yahoo (Quote, Chart), is
gearing up to launch a new print-on-demand service,
has learned.

Flickr is growing rapidly. A company spokesman said the service has
775,000 registered users and hosts 19.5 million photos, with growth of
about 30 percent per month. He said that prints were in Flickr's
future, but would not confirm the time of the rollout of the photo
book service.

***** These are the most recent numbers I was able tofind.

Yahoo Acquires Flickr Inc.   Posted on Tuesday, March 22 @ 11:32:40

Martha writes "Yahoo Inc., in a bid to expand its portfolio of
self-publishing and "social networking" services, is acquiring Flickr
Inc. which is a Canadian photo-sharing company.

Flickr will remain a standalone unit for at least several months, but
eventually may be incorporated into existing Yahoo products. The site
includes more than 5.5 million photos but does not disclose how many
people have subscribed to the service.

***** This news report about the Yahoo! acquisition of Flickr shows
the number of photos but claims that that company does not disclose
the number of subscribers.

Stewart Butterfield on Flickr (Flickr CEO) 

As of this writing, Flickr boasts 270,000 users, four million photos,
30 percent monthly growth in users, and 50 percent monthly growth in
photos. (As a datapoint, when I interviewed Stewart about ten days
ago, those numbers were 240,000 users and 3.5 million photos.)

Butterfield: Some people really are primarily using it for sharing
photos with friends and family. They have contacts in the system and
select certain photos to be only available to friends or family, only
occasionally making a photo public. The majority, though, are making
almost all of their photos public. Of those 3.5 million photos, 82
percent are public.

***** This interview with Flickr?s CEO the month before the Yahoo!
deal states that they have 270,000 members and four million photos.

How many Flickrites are there?

***** This is a discussion forum thread from about 2/05 to 5/05
discussing the number of members. They seem to reflect the CEOs

23 March, 2005
I'll show you mine... 

Flicker turns the photo-sharing idea on its head. Instead of users
inviting others to peruse their online photo albums, Flickr assumes
you want to make your pictures public, unless you choose otherwise.
More than 80% of its 5.5 million photos are public.

 Flickr's Creative Commons area back, grown way over a million images licensed 
Submitted by Matt Haughey on 2005-04-29 07:11 PM. 

Flickr, who we interviewed last year, has reopened the area of their
site devoted to Creative Commons licensed images. If you're looking
for a photo to drop into a collage, a report for school, or even onto
a t-shirt, this is a great place to browse and search for specific
licensed photos. We're also happy to see growth at Flickr has gone way
beyond our expectations to nearly 1.5 million photos licensed for

Yahoo actually does acquire Flickr

Holy smokes, SOMEBODY out there is bad at keeping secrets!!  Yes! We
can finally confirm that Yahoo has made a definitive agreement to
acquire Flickr and us, Ludicorp. Smack the tattlers and pop the
champagne corks!

Woohoo! What does this mean? It means that we'll no longer have to
draw straws to see who gets paid, schedule conjugal visits between
trips to the colo....wait! That's not what you want to know. This is
what you want to know:

***** Insider blog about what the Yahoo! acquisition means for Flickr.

March 25th, 2005
Yahoo Acquires Flickr

Ludicorp Research & Development Ltd. Company Profile

It would be ludicrous to believe Ludicorp won't be more successful now
that it has the support of Internet powerhouse Yahoo! Ludicorp
Research & Development developed Flickr, an online digital photo
management service that allows users to store, search, sort, and share
pictures from digital cameras or camera phones. Yahoo! acquired Flickr
(and control of Ludicorp Research & Development) for an undisclosed
amount in early 2005; Ludicorp continues to operate the stand-alone
service (, which has free and paid usage options.
Ludicorp Research & Development was launched in 2002.
Key People 
?President: Stewart Butterfield 
?VP, Marketing and Community: Caterina Fake 
?Operations Lead: Jason Classon 


Flickr users
flickr  millions users
yahoo acquisition flickr
Yahoo acquires Flickr users
ajfrosty-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Accurate and well-documented answer.  Precisely the information I asked for.

There are no comments at this time.

Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy