As a result of being resource-starved, Flickr quit planting the anchors it needed to climb ever higher. It missed the boat on local, on real time, on mobile, and even ultimately on social—the field it pioneered. And so, it never became the Flickr of video; YouTube snagged that ring. It never became the Flickr of people, which was of course Facebook. It remained the Flickr of photos. At least, until Instagram came along.
The reason we bought Flickr was not the community. We didn’t give a shit about that. The theory behind buying Flickr was not to increase social connections, it was to monetize the image index. It was totally not about social communities or social networking. It was certainly nothing to do with the users.
Dan Catt, who fell in love with Instagram just a little bit, and out of love with Flickr, just a little bit over the holidays:
Christmas morning was almost magical.
The previous year on Flickr was almost as magical, once people had a chance to sort through the 100s of photos they’d taken with their dSLR, pick out the best ones, run them through lightroom and then get a chance to upload them. It was nice to look back on the Christmas mornings that people had, rather than having.
In his follow-up post he notes:
Flickr is for the story I want to remember, Instagram is for the story I want to tell now.
The past few weeks former classmate and friend Stijn (@wwdj) has been working on Twitpickr, a webapp which lets you easily upload your twitpic pics to your Flickr account. As of yesterday, Twitpickr has gone live to all twitterati 🙂