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.
An awesome skateboard decorated with skateboarding images directly from Tumblr! Created by Thiago Barrella from our Brazilian community.
A skateboarder’s skateboard made with tumblr images (Taken with instagram)
I don’t often skateboard, but when I do, it’s on Tumblr images.
When Mike and I started Instagram nearly two years ago, we set out to change and improve the way the world communicates and shares. We’ve had an amazing time watching Instagram grow into a vibrant community of people from all around the globe. Today, we couldn’t be happier to announce that…
- Makes sense (given photos is +60% of FB’s traffic even a couple of years back)
- How will product integration work? Easy steps: people tagging, albums + #sets, FB only sign-in / identity port
- Has FB gotten so big that it makes sense to have standalone features as apps (web and mobile)? Photos, messaging are the first two: what about news, music, etc. I would think YES.
- Branding: Curious to see if anything (at all will change). Please don’t Frankenstein this one.
- Are filters still a fad or are they here to stay? I’ve been on the fence about this one, and a lot of techies scoff at filters… but I”ll admit to being wrong on this one.
- Sign of froth? Perhaps - but photosharing is now in the DNA of the web and I don’t see the need to share moments and expression going away.
Kudos to the team. I remember when Instagram was still Burbn (played around with that one some when my friend Shanan got me onto it). Eerily reminds me off how Flickr was Game NeverEnding with a photosharing component in the old days and moved to what users really wanted. Killer product, team, and development focus.
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!
This is too touching not to reblog.
In the midst of war, our human nature to love, even the descendants of our enemies, still prevails in one way or another.
I love the contrast of his and her stances.
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.
Evolution of Flickr’s redesign. Beyond usability and performance issues, we thought a lot about what the photo was about — images are taken for granted as part of the web’s fabric now.. but they’re so much more than just re-arranged pixels.
“Your photos already carry the narrative elements of who, what, where, when and how whenever you upload them to Flickr. Browse Flickr and you’ll see stories within stories — photos within photostreams within groups or any kinds of combinations. So we’ve made it easier to find when a photo was taken, it’s location, camera/exif info and your name in one location to the right of the image. Along with the title and description and we think that photosharing will increasingly become story-sharing.”
Researchers at Yahoo, which owns Flickr, developed a way to gather photos and construct travel itineraries based on the location of the photos and the time between each picture. The tool, which gives people possible itineraries if they select a city and indicate how much time they have, works for five cities — Barcelona, London, Paris, New York and San Francisco.
The researchers call the Flickr photos “social breadcrumbs” — information that people leave behind when they share things publicly online.”
I had a good day at work today. Playing around with Flickr like it was 2005 confirmed a couple of things:
- I love this product
- There are only a few products I’d like to work on holistically: Tumblr, Vimeo, Flickr, Twitter, Wordpress and Six Apart
All those products, in their own ways, are repositories of individual memories, made awesome by the connections formed by the community. They’re also very personal products, and by personal I mean they’re positioned in ways that encourage users to be creative. Self expression is really important and is the magic here.
If the 30-something me can sit down and have a conversation with the 12-year old me, I’d say “Hey, listen up for a minute. Stop running around for a sec. What do you want to do with your life? No idea? I suggest you look into archeology. And if you can’t handle the field work, maybe a position in comparative anthropology?”
“Oh and by the way, stop eating ice cream so much.”
I love history. I love the way individual stories become a communal story. And messing around with a product I work on so much in a different, freer and unbiased way today, I find that Flickr has a couple of awesome points compared to it’s peers. Flickr:
- Introduces a low entry threshold (expressive video still requires more effort)
- Centers around your original content; Tumblr’s content, for all its goodness, feels more like bookmarking and re-publishing and broadcasting to me.
- Benefits viz a viz blogs from the whole ‘photos tells a 1000 words’ thing
I spent a couple of hours going through the Organizr and re-categorizing sets and figuring out things that haven’t been classified. What I found was awesome. Flickr has been the pictoral blog of my life since 2005. The frequency in which photos exist analogous to my life have increased as mobile options become better and I’ve become more comfortable with a camera. I noticed friends who’ve dropped out of my life, discovered new friends who’ve entered my routines and found old friends who continue to be there. I dug up old images to go with my hazy memories, old photos to accompany half written blog posts and reimagined events properly because those photos existed.
Who knew I was into Taleb Kweli? I apparently was at a concert in NY once upon a time.
I usually read my old blog posts and get a kick out of it. My friend Nine has self-published her old posts, and it’s pretty awesome to see the stories that naturally form out of those archives. I never thought to do that review with with my Flickr photos, but I unwittingly did today. It spurred a lot of thoughts that needed to be fleshed out, but there was a sort of thrill there, a kind of primal excitement that only comes from a connection of events to a time and place and people.
So what’s missing? Context. Moar contexts. It’s about the stories, stupid.