Flickr: here we go again

So in the future, when the revenue coming from paying members is small enough to ignore, and the advertising numbers come in below expectations (as they often do), my fear is that Yahoo will come to an almost inevitable business decision: To kill Flickr.

via The new Flickr: Goodbye customers, hello ads | TechHive.

I’ve been a Flickr user for… a long time (actually, I went to try and find out and it doesn’t tell you anymore) and a paying Flickr Pro member on and off for about 4 years. I joined in when it was riding high on the web 2.0 wave and stayed during the slog that were the years of Yahoo acquisition.

Now… this. They want fifty bucks just for not displaying ads. No other benefit but that. Sure, I like the new website design, and the new mobile app… but the underlying functionality of the site will be much downgraded now, and the mobile app still will not post to Twitter.

Hell, I’ve received mails from Flickr telling me to convert to a free account from my paid Pro account. They want to let go of a sure 25 dollars so they can put ads on my pages; ads that most likely will not pull 25 dollars — much less 50 dollars — in a year of service.

Like Mr. Powazek says, that gamble better pay off, although I’ll hedge my bet and say that in two years time, it won’t have and Flickr will be unceremoniously killed by the suits at Yahoo.

Once again, Flickr is being treated like a fucking database.

Quemarlo hasta el suelo

Estoy con Yang.

Quemarlo todo hasta el suelo y después echar las cenizas al viento para que nadie lo pueda reconstruir.

Seria demasiado soportar que alguien mas llegara y convirtiera un Centro en una Orilla de un solo golpe, una parte a desconfiar de algo hueco y odiado por muchos. Aquellos que están saliendo vieron sus creaciones transformadas a Orillas desde Centros, pero estuvieron contento con los resultados… hasta ahora. No se pueden quejar, pero probablemente quisieran que todo hubiera salido mejor.

Entonces hay que dejarlo desaparecer y caer envuelto en llamas. Sera recordado. Obviamente hay aquellos que no lo permitirán, deslumbrados por las ganancias que tal Transformación daría, especialmente a las hordas de la bandera de cuatro colores en contra de quien se ha peleado por tanto tiempo.

Soy tan idealista.

Burn it to the ground

I’m with Yang.

Burn it to the ground and then spread the ashes to the wind so no one can put it back together.

It would be too much to bear if someone else came and turned a Center into an Edge in a swift stroke, a distrusted part of something hollow and hated by many. Those who are leaving had their creations turned from Centers into Edges but were happy with the results… until now. They can’t complain, but probably wish everything had turned out better.

So have it disappear completely and go down in flames. It shall be remembered. Obviously there are those who won’t let it, blinded by the profit to be had from such a Turning, specially to that horde of the four-colored flag who have been fought for so long.

I’m such an idealist.