Can Flickr Catch Up To 500px?

by Rob Lewis

This week there has been plenty of buzz online about a promised, and much needed, Flickr re-design. According to Flickr senior product manager Markus Spiering, the makeover will go live on February 28.

Gone will be the aging interface of thumbnails surrounded by white space and tags and in their place will be a jigsaw of photos featuring images four times larger than they were before. The upload page will also be revamped to include a simple drag-and-drop interface.

Despite the threat from new challengers like Toronto's 500px, Flickr still holds the number one position when it comes to photo-sharing sites. With 3.5 million daily uploads Flickr is second only to Facebook.

But is next week's makeover too late? Serious photographers and DSLR-armed amateurs have been fleeing Flickr for sites like 500px for the last couple years.

While we've reported that 500px is on fire with 6 million visits and 50 million pageviews in September 2011, they still need a lot uploads to catch Flickr. According to, Flickr is the 47th most popular site in the world and 500px just broke the top 2,000.

500px Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

500px is a photo community powered by creative people worldwide that lets you discover, share, buy and sell inspiring photographs. The first version of 500px came to light in the early days of digital photography. At that time, everything was slightly different — the Internet was slower, 3.2 megapixel cameras were the latest buzz, digital photographers were just getting acquainted with their... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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