Flickr’s April Fools’ joke gives us a whole new appreciation for megapixels

Flickr’s April Fools’ joke gives us a whole new appreciation for megapixels

Not to be outdone by Google and its ten April Fools jokes, Flickr has thrown its hat into the figurative ring, with its own April Fools joke for this year.

If you’re one of those people who happens to be annoyed by Instagram’s filtered vintage photography, then be prepared for something much, much worse. You’ll thank your lucky stars that this going to be showing up in your Facebook and Twitter feeds anytime soon.

Another conference. “Great.”

This one’s different, trust us. Our new event for New York is focused on quality, not quantity.

Flickr’s joke is simple, but somewhat painful on the eyes, giving Flickr users the opportunity to take their photography back to a 1980s world devoid of the many megapixels we’ve come to take for granted, while the Flickr page itself is also getting an outdated makeover:

Photography started in black and white, and we feel it’s time to take photo sharing back to its roots. Welcome to 2012, via the 1980s.

Not only has it been announced in the blog, but Flickr has actually rolled out the service as promised to some of its users.

Let’s just hope this is one April Fools that doesn’t inadvertently catch on to become the next photography fad.

What do you think of Flickr’s April Fool’s joke? Let us know in the comments.

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