The best — maybe the only? — real, direct measure of “innovation” is change in human behaviour. In fact, it is useful to take this way of thinking as definitional: innovation is the sum of change across the whole system, not a thing which causes a change in how people behave. No small innovation ever caused a large shift in how people spend their time and no large one has ever failed to do so.
You know what’s so cool about Stewart? He’s the rare product visionary who’s genuinely a philosopher. He seriously considers and thinks through technology and business through the prism of human understanding. There’s not too many people like that in tech. There are growth hackers, marketers, mentors… but philosophers? We need more.
To do this, we are starting 2012 with a renewed sense of focus. This means discontinuing certain features that are not core to our product or that haven’t resonated with you. Since the upcoming new experiences will either require, or work significantly better, with modern browsers, we will also discontinue supporting some of the older browsers that only a very small percentage of people are using with Flickr.
Good. (It’s always hard to blog about your old companies. Like picking at scabs.) Curious to see what Flickr IS going to focus on.