How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet

Mat Honan at Gizmodo paints a compelling picture of Flickr’s increasing irrelevance. It’s not a pretty story, though the trend is clearly not applicable to the LEGO community. It seems like every day I see more great activity in the AFOL Flickr groups. Yahoo’s photo service might be dead to technologists, but compared to Brickshelf and MOCpages (and even LUGNET), Flickr is a dream come true. The clean design and robust commenting system make MOCs look their best and easy to find. It’s troubling that Yahoo, the world’s least competent web company, is holding the reins, but I hope Flickr has some life left for the LEGO community. There’s some truly great work being displayed there, and most builders have little reason to switch services. Knowing how long AFOLs have held onto LUGNET after it became largely irrelevant, I wouldn’t be surprised if Flickr sticks around for a long time yet.

On the other hand, I guess it’s telling that I made a Pinterest account today to try out their social photo features, but haven’t updated my Flickr stream with a new MOC since February.


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