All gifts are supposed to be a surprise of sorts aren’t they?

Well Flickr has done just that by surprising all of its users with three free months of access to Flickr Pro whether they are already a member of the pro subscription plan or not.

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The Yahoo! owned service notified users as they logged in to the service starting yesterday.  Now this appears to be an Opt In thing so if you have not received any notice from Flickr yet then you need to log into your Flickr account so you can accept the gift. One click is all it takes.

The three months of Flickr Pro normally costs $6.95 or $24.95 per year.

Here is how the free Flickr membership compares to the Flickr Pro option:

Flickr FreeFlickr Pro
Upload 300MB every month (30MB per photo)Unlimited uploads (up to 50MB per photo)
View only your 200 most recent photosUnlimited viewing of your entire photo library
Post photos in up to 10 groupsPost photos in up to 60 groups
Download smaller, resized images of your original photos (We save the originals if you upgrade later)Download your original, high-resolution photos – whenever you need them
Upload up to 2 videos per monthUpload and play unlimited HD videos
Browse Flickr completely ad-free
View stats on your account

I have been a member of Flickr Pro for a couple of years now and it is an excellent deal in my opinion. You can check out my collection of photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hayhousehold/