My Photos and the New Splash Screen for the New Flickr iPhone App (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)
Get More From Flickr: Navigate and Explore – Flickr Blog
Yahoo is redesigning Flickr, something photographers were asking for a long time, by changing the navigation on the web interface and launching a brand new iOS app. Is it too late for Flickr? When will we see a new Android app?
Great, great article at Gizmodo. It’s the story of Flickr and Yahoo but it could also be the story of Delicious, Upcoming, Jaiku, Dodgeball or many other promising startups being swallowed by Yahoo, Google or Microsoft. Most of the times big companies don’t care about community and innovation, they only care about monetizing the startup contents and integrating them into their big mashup of apps. That’s why Flickr lost the train on almost everything since being bought by Yahoo, infected by the disease of its parent company.
Lately I’ve been growing a “pet hatred” towards applications that automatically post updates to Twitter or Facebook, specially those that do it often, I’m thinking in “I’m in [some place]” kind of posts of location-based services like Gowalla and Foursquare or the “Just listened to [some song]” updates of media players, just to name a few. The problem with these updates is that there’s no added value, nothing really relevant to share; while sometimes generated updates are useful, posting blog updates is the best example, in most cases a automated tool can’t add content, can’t share what’s so cool about that song or place, can’t share the context for that update. This often means a noisy timeline that people want to avoid and that’s why automated update services should be used sparingly, prefer sharing items explicitly and really sharing something rather that dumping stuff the timeline.