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Mass Suicide at Flickr?

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August 29, 2005

Mass Suicide at Flickr?

Heather Green

Wired News has a great story on how a faction of Flickr fans are threatening to kill off their identies. Why? It's a response to a move by Yahoo, which bought Flickr this year, to tie their member profiles with Yahoo accounts. Stewart Butterfield tries to smooth ruffled feathers. The uprising, though small according to Wired News, makes sense, right? In an age where people feel more empowered by their social networks, blogs, and podcasts.

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I tried merging the accounts and ducked out at the last minute when I saw this warning:

"You will need to sign in to Flickr via Yahoo! from now on.

Any Flickry applications you've downloaded (like the Flickr uploaders or some of the kewl API applications other Flickr members have built) may not work anymore because your account details have changed.

If that's the case, you will need to get fresh copies and set them up again. (It may be that your favorite applications haven't updated yet, so check with the developers before you merge.) "

So why, after reading that, should we merge now? Once Yahoo irons out all these issues, maybe I'll come back. But for now, I'm keeping them apart.

Posted by: steve baker at August 29, 2005 11:30 AM

I don't know what this all means. I really don't see the point of posting thousands of photos on Flickr myself. If that's what you are into, that's great.

The blog says,

"Flickr is a revolution in photo storage, sharing and organization, making photo management an easy, natural and collaborative process. Get comments, notes, and tags on your photos, post to any blog, share and more!"

Suicide seems like an extreme word to use. Calling Flickr a revolution and natural seems like a bit of an extreme also. Breathing is natural. I'm not sure how Flickr is natural. It sounds like marketing. Don't kill yourselves over Flickr!

Need to kill time?


Posted by: Jim Dermitt at August 29, 2005 11:48 AM

Very interesting. I wrote a similar post though, not about Y! per se but more related to the Patriot Act. Still I wonder if this has more do to with an anti-establishment feeling on the Net. Flickr was very grassroots at its start, clearly this changes when a company is bought by a company as large as Y!

Posted by: Tris Hussey at August 29, 2005 01:24 PM

Yahoo has done this to all it's acquisitions. The problem is: if you *ever* have a problem with your account that a robot can't fix, you won't get help. Ever. Expect to be locked out/lose your accounts.


Once burnt, twice shy

said the dormouse to the cat

Posted by: A. Nonymice at August 30, 2005 10:45 AM

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