Flickr still has a human face
I’m solidly in the “Flickr is so cool, I wish they hadn’t sold out to Yahoo” camp. I still don’t understand the decision, but people close the situation tell me it was awesome for all involved, so I’m happy for them. I know for sure they have a bright, passionate team and they deserve to be happy. But I have worried, sometimes publicly, that Yahoo may dehumanize Flickr.
Today I read, with great relief, that it hasn’t happened yet. Stewart’s reply to the Flickr fiasco this week shows that they simply made an honest, human mistake. A painful one, but by being transparent & open, they’re doing the right thing for their customers and community.
I absolutely love to see companies that don’t abuse their customers, particularly in our space. The amount of damage every bad photo sharing site does to consumer confidence is enormous and bad for everyone else involved. There have been sites that have gone dark, with no warning, and deleted millions of photos in an instant. Imagine how easy it is to convince those people that not all photo sharing sites are equal. 😦