One of my favorite moments from working with Flickr peeps. Special times. And I rock at sound effects.
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And that’s the thing: Flickr feels like a permanent home. While sharing is great, it turns out that as we progress in our digital lives, as we take more and more photos and share them more and more places, we eventually want to go back and see them again. (Which explains the popularity of services like TimeHop.) We want to revisit them. We want to relive them.
This is a great insight. We take more and more photos but it seems like a lot of services are geared towards “share now!” vs reflection and coming back to the things we’ve done and getting some narrative out of them.
Coincidentally, these abstractions: stories, moments, reflection, images — they coincide (hehe) with everything that I’m interested in tech at the moment. It’s everything that i has informed my work at Flickr and at Tumblr. So.. stay tuned for more in this space ;)
EDIT: question: do we ‘really’ want to see all these mementos again? We create so much volume now and a simple economic rule of thumb is that the greater the supply, the lower the demand.
Flickr, codeswarming (by waferbaby)
Data viz of all engineering activity on Flickr since the beginning.
For those of us who worked there, this is such an awesome reminder of the drama of tech workerings (I just made up that word): the supernovas of shipping brilliant features, the implosions of the lean years, and the rebirths when immensely talented people add their own stamps onto the product.
Man, I miss the brilliant engineering culture we had at Flickr.
Many too many words will be written about Facebook’s $1bn acquisition of Instagram today, but these are mine…
First up, hearty congratulations to the Instagram team. I’ve long held them as one of the most successful examples of a “minimum viable product” — there are many things…
As always, Simon gives a well thought out take on the tech news. But two bits: #1 - Doing “things the right way” often gives a free pass to stubborn product decisions that misses the forest for the trees and #2 - Facebook isn’t Yahoo and in some ways Flickr sold too soon, both elements that hampered the creativity to kickass (it took years to develop but there was a slow burn).
Really liking the justified views that the Flickr guys have applied to the Favorites view. Here are my faves! Keep on plugging away guys - nice shipping!
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.
Pink snowflakes on Flickr’s photo pages - 3rd year in a row (?) for Christmas.. and exploding lightbulbs, apparently.
Earlier this week, i reblogged a Steve Jobs quote that was lighting up on Tumblr with well over 200 notes. Here’s the quote:
Last week, I shared my thoughts about wanting to see the Vimeo of photos. From the comments and from private emails, it’s clear I’m not alone.
I also received about a dozen emails from entrepreneurs that want or have started to build something to take on flickr.
This is interesting. If I could design something like Flickr but not like Flickr from the ground up, how would it work? For starters, I’d make privacy and connections dead simple: here are people who are important to me, here is the off/on switch for how I can and can’t interact with them. Focus on gorgeous, big images without clutter. Strip away tools that aren’t used very much. Appeal to the idea of sharing moments and stories and not sharing objects. And a simple, elegant interface for you to highlight moments you want to come back to later, subscribe to events from people that you’d like to keep in touch with and a way to glean and present your own moments that you care about and want to come back to. Something that invites you not just to spew out content but to come back to the things you’ve shared to make sense of them in new found contexts. I guess I would make something for myself mainly, and wouldn’t care too much about scaling to photographers who aren’t like me.
It wouldn’t be a Vimeo for photos — I find the discovery on Vimeo to be a bit noisy at the moment. It would be something else entirely, something that plays nice with other networks but ultimately it’s something that revolves around the power of great images, something that you can come back to time and time again to look at, to appropriate it for projects, to treasure.
A lot of services now aspire to end with ‘sharing’. Like sharing is the endpoint. I’m curious to build out services that will let you remix and create narratives from these objects.
The Flickr guys are doing the work of heroes right now, because such a large service that really is operating incredibly at scale and serving so many different use cases would require a team at least 3 times their size — or more, if you consider the platform titans like FB or Twitter. And it’s so easy to think about rebuilding something from the ground up — since you don’t have to consider the myriad of ways in which users depend on your product or features that belong in the appendix. (Lord knows one of the great joys and headaches of a large service is realizing the community is using a feature in ways that are totally unexpected!) Starting from a blank webpage is incredibly liberating and so much easier than moving mountains.
It’s incredible to think the power that photos have as an underlying basic piece of the web. If Flickr turned off the lights tomorrow, how would I find photos? Shudder. It’s a testament to Stewart’s vision and the team’s execution that Flickr photos are now taken for granted as part of of the web.
I’m keen to see what they come up with next. As the only photo-sharing service on the web that’s worth any value to me (as a photographer who loves moments and metadata as storytelling), it’s where I keep my photos, but it’s fun to approach a basic idea as sharing photos from other angles.
Flickr’s on the new Google Social search update. Yay photos! Interesting animation in their video - as implicitly it confirms the most important parts of the photo page. When we noodled over the design, we really wanted to make navigation and big photos the main actors on the page — and while to a certain degree, we accomplished that with the larger photo size and the contextual widget on the sidebar, I’d love to go back and figure out how to really apply the previous/next buttons better. To this day, it’s still an unsolved problem in my mind how to really balance all the info that Flickr has around the photo - the privacy notices, social cues, geo and EXIF information — with navigation and the full display of the photo across different screen resolutions. I think Dunstan and team did a great job, but as with all features, from time to time, it’s nice to come back with fresh eyes.
Happy 7th birthday Flickr! Here’s to many more commits!
I would normally expect heads of companies to speak with some amount of circumspection when it comes to talking about direct competition. While of course not expecting them to ignore who they compete with, I don’t usually expect them to go on repeat attack.
From May 2006 until…
That’s bananas. Ok, there’s still a need for this because Twitter hashtags certainly isn’t the answer.
At Flickr, Fending Off Rumors and Facebook - NY Times.
HA! Those two launches sound familiar.. :) Double ha! Storytelling! Rock on Flickr dudes.