SmugMug Buying Flickr »

Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY:

Flickr has been snapped up by Silicon Valley photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug, USA TODAY has learned.

SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill told USA TODAY he’s committed to breathing new life into the faded social networking pioneer, which hosted photos and lively interactions long before it became trendy.

SmugMug, an independent, family-run company, will maintain Flickr as a standalone community of amateur and professional photographers and give the long neglected service the focus and resources it deserves, MacAskill said in an exclusive interview.

Once upon a time, Flickr was a vibrant community, and one that I really loved being a part of. I still have an account — after removing most of my archives in protest when Yahoo bought the site — and am hopeful SmugMug can keep it going, but I think the glory days are still in the past.