Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nice design pattern for a premium web service - flickr

Like many people I pay for a premium flickr service. The basic service is free but with the premium service you can have hundreds of photos and sets of photos on-line.

When your premium subscription runs out, your service reverts to the basic one. This is a bit alarming since a lot of your photos disappear. But, a simple message and a $24 credit card payment sorts it all out for you and all of your old photos and sets re-appear without incident.

I've always regarded this as a nice way to offer both a free service and a much better premium service that is worth paying for.


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