For me, Smugmug is hard at work to restore the Flickr community of worldwide photographers.
It is (one of) the place to be to share all about photography.
The platform has been abandoned by the different previous owners. I am confident that Smugmug will renovate and make the site evolve, step by step, by listening to the customers, not the advertisers or anybody else.
Time will tell, but changes are already on the go: you can “gift” someone a pro account again, in january there will be no need for a Yahoo account anymore, 4k display support … much more is coming.
… on Flickr forum
… on Reddit
About the new free offer: now instead of only 100 pics, like it use to be in the past, you get 1000 pics for free, it is 10x more than what it used to be. My opinion is it is enough to showcase your best images and take part in the different groups of the community for free. That has always been the true essence of Flickr.
Smugmug’s site on the other hand, is a different product. It is a real backup, sharing, and print selling solution.
The two products are complementary and in my opinion, according to what I read, will remain as is.
For me I have always been interested in full screen (4K coming soon on Flickr) beautiful photo viewing and group sharing and exchange about our hobby -or work-.
I can not bear to watch some “stamps” on a small phone’s screen anymore