May 2012

the tulips

How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Inter­net by Mat Honan is a long, reward­ing read. A Flickr user for almost eight years now, I’m still in awe looking at the soph­ist­ic­ated, feature-rich infra­struc­ture the Flickr teams have built over the years. I deeply admire their work. 

Flickr Mobile is a dif­fer­ent story. The iPhone app, built by Yahoo moth­er­ship units, is one under­whelm­ing piece of soft­ware. Thanks to the Flickr API, people bypass the misery and use com­pet­ing apps like Insta­gram or Hip­sta­matic to upload their pics to Flickr. Alas, that has become a core problem. How can a company gen­er­ate new users via mobile without a kickass exper­i­ence on smartphones?

For the record: Flickr is still, by far, the best web based photo archive. As long as you have a desktop life, too, and the social side of pho­to­graphy is not your top pri­or­ity. You’re in a niche now, btw. 

One other aspect that makes me muse about Flickr: Yahoo as a whole. Sure, bashing a company is easy. Yahoo, however, per­formed so refresh­ingly lunatic in recent years that it’s impossible to predict what will happen next. 

My 5000+ pic­tures are in the middle of this. Note to myself: Bulkr.