Saturday, December 15, 2012
Flickr: it's time to catch up... oh and Flash is dead!
These past few weeks I've been looking for compelling alternatives to Instagram, specially now that the full power of Facebook and it's choices are behind it.
I haven't found one.
Then came Flickr this week with a redesigned mobile app and some changes to the web... at first it looked like an interesting approach, but after playing with it, it's still miles away from where I want it to be... nevertheless, the only thought that there is new stuff after so long, brought me hope.
I'm not alone thinking Yahoo is in a position where it could bring Flickr back to where it once stand, but it won't be easy. Instagram is the new service de-facto and others like 500px, Picasa and now even Twitter, are pushing heavily to own both amateur and professional photo sharing... but there is a difference, Yahoo has the potential to differentiate in 3 areas: speed, all-social-inclusive and simplicity!
But most importantly... they can up the game to a whole new level if they center the experience around the user and not about building a monopoly! - which these days more and more services are forgetting about.
The journey has just resumed, the land of opportunities just opened up for Flickr and I want to believe they can come back... so I'll keep waiting... eyes opened wide!
PS: this also means you will have to adopt new technologies - so guys in case you were not there when the memo was sent... Flash is dead, so please update your home page for the rest of us who have moved on!