As a previously dedicated Flickr user, I found this Gizmodo article compelling. Although I recently renewed my Flickr Pro account, I haven’t really been keeping up with it—and it might be only until I can figure out how to archive and curate my own photo history. And for a company who decided to “sundown” Delicious—and then changed their mind after the world caught them at it—I really don’t trust Yahoo with my stuff. And that’s sad, because Flickr used to be awesome.
“By the time we were looking at Flickr, Yahoo was getting the shit kicked out of it by Google. The race was on to find other areas of search where we could build a commanding lead,” says one high ranking Yahoo executive familiar with the deal.
Flickr offered a way to do that. Because Flickr photos were tagged and labeled and categorized so efficiently by users, they were highly searchable.
“That is the reason we bought Flickr—not the community. We didn’t give a shit about that. The theory behind buying Flickr was not to increase social connections, it was to monetize the image index. It was totally not about social communities or social networking. It was certainly nothing to do with the users.”
And that was the problem. At the time, the Web was rapidly becoming more social, and Flickr was at the forefront of that movement. It was all about groups and comments and identifying people as contacts, friends or family. To Yahoo, it was just a fucking database.