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Zooomr hopes pro accounts will bring in bucks

New $19.95 annual subscriptions will mean ad-free use of Zooomr and some new features.

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Photo-sharing site Zooomr is mostly relaunched in its version 3 incarnation, and now the two-person company has begun offering $19.95 "pro" account subscriptions in hopes of raising money.

Zooomr wants users to buy new pro accounts.
Zooomr wants users to buy new pro accounts. Zooomr

"We do need to make at least a little money to survive," Chief Executive Thomas Hawk said in a blog posting Monday. "The community has stepped up and helped us in the most generous of ways, and we are hoping that all of you who find Zooomr meaningful will also consider helping us out by turning pro."

Those with pro accounts won't see ads when the company starts showing them "some time in the near future to help pay the bills." Pro account holders also will get access to analysis tools and other features not available to those with free accounts, he added.

Zooomr's chief competitor, Yahoo's photo-sharing behemoth Flickr, costs $24.95 per year.