Flickr

Posted by kdow on Sep 23, 2016 3:31:02 PM


One of the hobbies I picked up because of the Internet was photography. It’s one reason why I always upgrade my iPhone. I love the camera. I love editing photos, and I love sharing them with others online. A few years ago I had a really fancy, top-end camera with a plethora of lenses for it. I still have the camera but it’s very out-dated. My idea for this year is to potentially buy a new mirrorless, but we’ll see.

Flickr was a pioneer in photography. Without it, there would be no Instagram, EyeEm or any other online marketplace to share, like and even purchase photography. Hell, Flickr is likely responsible for the boom in dSLR sales over the last few years by inspiring photographers young and old. Even with the large volume of photos shared today on various networks, there’s no equivalent pool of photographic content — including CC and public domain content. It hosts a huge amount of content from photographers ranging from the mobile phone amateur to the Hasselblad-owning professional.

Flickr was also a pioneer in online. It was the first true social network. Flickr was the first “web 2.0” site (after Digg, maybe). It was the first global photo publishing exchange. It even started the first wave of ‘internet names’ for companies by dropping the final vowel.

A few years ago it was bought by Yahoo!, who over those years has done all it can to rip Flickr apart, piece by piece. Flickr has, unfortunately begun to succumb to a slow and painful-to-watch death. Even this week, Yahoo announced that Flickr’s marketplace is going to shut down. Which was surprising, because I didn’t know it had a marketplace. Even more surprising is that it’s shutting down. Flickr, with a little bit of marketing savvy could pitch it as a realtime marketplace for the internet. Imagine buying photos from people at events on-the-ground as they happen if you’re a news or media publishing brand. That would be powerful!

Unfortunately Flickr is going to die, and sooner rather than later. It was a wonderful site with a wonderful community, and it still exists as an archive of absolutely magnificent photography. Thankfully sites like 500px have come along to replace Flickr in it’s absence of innovation. But despite that, many of us will reminisce about the good old days.