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[Official Thread] Bye Bye Words

Flickr Staff

Zee Jenkins PRO says:

As part of our mission to provide a legit visual experience for our Pro members, we’re introducing the first new Flickr for the Future feature: Reaction GIFs. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a GIF has to be worth at least 5,000. Right?

In lieu of text comments, reactions also eliminate the need for translations. The introduction of Reaction GIFs in the comment section will be the first step towards an image-only version of Flickr, because words simply aren’t enough anymore.

- Click the 'Post a Flickr Reaction' button*.
You will need to allow access to your computer’s built-in camera.

- Hurry up! Get ready!
When the popup window comes up, a 5-second countdown will begin. You will have 3 seconds to react while a video records. Once the video records, it will automatically process and post a GIF comment, saving the photo privately to your Camera Roll.

- Enjoy the reaction!
Show just how much ‘wow’ or ‘awwwwwwww’ someone’s photo leaves you with. If you wish to redo or replace the reaction, simply delete the comment and create a new one.

Have fun, #FlickrFam! We love ya.


*Reaction GIFs are subject to the Flickr Community Guidelines and our Terms of Service, so don't get too cray cray.
Posted at 10:04AM, 31 March 2017 PST ( permalink )
Zee Jenkins (staff) edited this topic 9 months ago.

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afterforty‽ PRO says:

Zee Jenkins:
How do I switch the "feature" off on my photostream?
:
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Flickr Staff

Zee Jenkins PRO says:

afterforty‽:

It's only on the photopage, yo. It's not a baaaa'aaaaa'aaaad or intrusive feature.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Peeblespair PRO says:

What the heck is it doing at the top of my photo comments? OK if you want to inform people about this, but it has nothing to do with my use of Flickr. I have a pro account that I have paid for, I take my photography and my portfolio seriously and I want the option to turn this thing off, PLEASE!!

An April fools joke...well thank goodness for that! Too bad you were a day early.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )
Peeblespair edited this topic 9 months ago.

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David Cronin PRO says:

I too fail to see the point of this new feature. Please allow Pro members to opt out if they wish. This feature makes me worried that a dumbing down process has started which will continue with further Flickr for the Future developments.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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abstractartangel77 PRO says:

Zee Jenkins:Is this an April Fools Joke one day early? I sure hope so!
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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DavidSankey says:

Sack the idiots responsible for this nonsense - wasting computer space on moronic shit that make you feel ill to look at it. Honestly. WORDS WORK. you can convey so many messages with words

Not only all members should be able to opt out - this measure should be killed now. It's a rubbish idea and part of what will bankrupt Flickr.. No business sense at all
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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MabelAmber️®***Pluto5339***Incognito PRO says:

Uh oh, where's my lipstick .... aaaand.... where's my hat....
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Susan Roehl PRO says:

I do not want this feature on my photostream, please take it off. I have a pro account and do not want to see this at the top of my comment section. I want the option to turn it off.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Jelltex PRO says:

So much for the site for serious photography. FFS
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray PRO says:

LMAO

* cough *
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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tarmo888 PRO says:

I probably will not use it myself, but I think it is still a great idea. Certain demographics will love it.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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mcnod PRO says:

tarmo888:

Certain demographics will love it.

flashers?
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray PRO says:

(gets drink, grabs snacks)

I can't wait to use this feature from the bathroom.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Flickr Staff

Zee Jenkins PRO says:

mcnod:

flashers

We've also added in a FLAG/REPORT this comment feature for that. :) Now, if you ever see spam or abuse in the comments, you can click on the little flag icon and report it to the Abuse Team.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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smilla4 PRO says:

I love words, so not crazy about this new idea from Flickr.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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jschumacher PRO says:

Words are overrated. This is a great way to start off the month of April!
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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MurderWithMirrors PRO says:

No, absolutely not, I am not giving Flickr (or anyone else) access to my camera under any circumstances.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Mike Slade. PRO says:

Please tell me you are having a laugh, of all the things you could have done this must surly have been a long long way down the list. Please remove it from my photo pages.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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abstractartangel77 PRO says:

Zee Jenkins:I still think this is an early April Fools Joke!
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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JB_1984 PRO says:

It's a shame that it's not possible to post a reaction GIF in this forum because I'm having trouble finding the words to show how disappointed I am with this 'innovation'. Please tell me this is a joke.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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tarmo888 PRO says:

Mike Slade.:

of all the things you could have done this must surly have been a long long way down the list.


I am happy that they didn't implement My Storyies feature that gets copied from Snapchat to Instagram, Facebook, Messenger, VK.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Little little mouse PRO says:

This MUST be an April Fool's joke........it really MUST :(
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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stevedexteruk PRO says:

It says this 'will be the first step towards an image-only version of Flickr'. If this is true, I will cancel my pro account and go elsewhere. I want to be able to leave intelligent comments on peoples photostreams, and I enjoy receiving thoughtful comments on mine. Fine if its an additional feature but not if its taking away text comments.
It is also stated that 'words simply aren’t enough anymore'. Well words are fine by me. An intelligent sentence is worth a thousand banal and meaningless GIF actions.
I love flickr and think its current form works very well - I don't object to additional features being added and do hope this was a badly written bit of information - not where we are actually heading.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )
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skagitrenee-returning 12/16 PRO says:

I enjoy adding words that show how the image makes me feel/think. Taking this away is incredibly awful.

Remember your pro accounts are not all 20/30 somethings....................

Please, I love flikr, don't screw it up for me!
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"You will need to allow access to your computer’s built-in camera."

NO!!!
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )
skagitrenee-returning 12/16 edited this topic 9 months ago.

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Bill Gracey 16 Million Views PRO says:

Really? Seriously? Seems like a case of Facebook envy.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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mcnod PRO says:

Zee Jenkins:

We've also added in a FLAG/REPORT this comment feature for that.

If someone reports an inappropriate gif, don't they have to leave it intact for the abuse team to investigate?
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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fallsroad PRO says:

Zee Jenkins:

The introduction of Reaction GIFs in the comment section will be the first step towards an image-only version of Flickr, because words simply aren’t enough anymore.


This is how civilizations perish. Not with a bang, but a handful of GIFs.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Blue sky and countryside PRO says:

I'm reacting negatively to the Reaction GIFs and surely we need to be able to turn them off if we don't like them. If they're the first step to an image only flickr I shall be reconsidering my membership.

It would have been much nicer to get Aviary back up and running.

😬 😬 😬
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray PRO says:

Speaking of site changes, I've heard a rumor that the ONLY file format that Flickr will accept once Verizon takes over will be animated GIF.

Can staff comment on that please?
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Lemon~art PRO says:

Please let this be an April Fools joke.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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MabelAmber️®***Pluto5339***Incognito PRO says:

I love it, great feature. We must adjust to our times.

Click for reaction! 😄
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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jschumacher PRO says:

Will the reaction GIFs eventually move into, and possibly replace, comments so we can communicate by reacting to reaction GIFs?
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Robert Drozda PRO says:

Stop this. Stop it now. It's awful, and offensive.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Flickr Staff

Zee Jenkins PRO says:

mcnod:

leave it intact

Because it is a photo that saves to the poster's cameraroll the abuse team can review it. See how we worked out that backend logic? smart, huh?
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray PRO says:

jschumacher:

Meta-reactions. I love it.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Flickr Staff

Zee Jenkins PRO says:

jschumacher:

communicate by reacting to reaction GIFs

You see where we're going with this. ;)
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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John Oram PRO says:

This better had be your April Fool. I want and need to write comments.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Simon_K PRO says:

Eventually, maybe we can eliminate the need for an original photo altogether, and just react to each others' reactions! Awesome.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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ChrisK48 PRO says:

Anybody who sends me one of these will be immediately blocked.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray PRO says:

John Oram:

Written comments are so old fashioned. GIFs are the future!!!
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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abstractartangel77 PRO says:

Zee Jenkins: I heard a rumour they're replacing Flickr Staff with GIFS very soon.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Simon_K PRO says:

ChrisK48:

I'm thinking of blocking anyone who sends me a written comment. What I want are smiley gifs, winking gifs, frowning gifs if someone isn't entirely happy, and perhaps the odd volcano explosion.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Mike Slade. PRO says:

abstractartangel77:

Animated?
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray PRO says:

Please send "under construction" GIFs stat. Kthxbye.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Portraying Life, LLC PRO says:

ChrisK48:

Agree... without huggs and kisses, too... M
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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John Oram PRO says:

kmacgray:

Ooh! Irony, I think.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Paris-Roubaix PRO says:

A load of dung!
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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jschumacher PRO says:

Paris-Roubaix:

There is a gif for that! A live action reaction gif might violate the community guidelines, however.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Photography by Sharon Farrell says:

Silly. Utterly silly.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Flickr Staff

Zee Jenkins PRO says:

Simon_K:

blocking anyone who sends me a written comment

i rep that
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Robert Drozda PRO says:

Choosey Mothers choose gifs.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray PRO says:

I look forward to when all Help Forum questions will be in the form of GIFs.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Kaometet PRO says:

I'd like to choose whether I want this on my page or not.
I'm in the world of analog cameras, so using this is impossible anyway.
And I was glad we've just lost those terrible so called awards..
Besides, the best smiley is this one :-)
It's so simple.
.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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John Oram PRO says:

Well, I guess Zee is having a bunch of fun with all this. Maybe I am too old to have the same sense of humo(u)r but this has taken me from Eh? to Zee in no seconds.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray PRO says:

John Oram:

I'm sorry, you are going to have to rephrase your reply as a GIF.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Red Kite2008 PRO says:

I accept that things have to change and I apprecaite that some users may prefer to use GIF's rather than words but please please give us the option to turn this feature off. Many people use flickr for serious photography and enjoy making constructive comments. If flickr becomes images only then I will cancel my Pro membership. Don't become just another social media junk site.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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afterforty‽ PRO says:

Zee Jenkins:

t's only on the photopage, yo. It's not a baaaa'aaaaa'aaaad or intrusive feature.


YOU MUST BE TAKING THE URINE!
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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MabelAmber️®***Pluto5339***Incognito PRO says:

Kaometet:

I'm in the world of analog cameras, so using this is impossible anyway

You don't need an analog camera for this feature, the cam is on your computer.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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LANSA301 PRO says:

Bloody! I am going to need a webcam for my old PC... also I have to leave the basement and find where are my long pants lol
+1 to MabelAmber® ***Pluto5339***As yet incognito.... for sure her GIF is exactly like her buddy icon.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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pstani PRO says:

Childish nonsense. Not wanted. Please get rid of this.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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pstani PRO says:

And I disagree - I think it is "baaaa'aaaaa'aaaad" and intrusive. Sorry, but it doesn't enhance Flickr's credibility one iota.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Rick2E PRO says:

Zee Jenkins:

Don't you idiots realise that for a lot of us the back and forth banter of commenting is a big reason for using this site. I can't believe that you are serious about abolishing this part of flickr. I can only say take yourself and all the other trendy morons at flickr away and give us a true legit experience.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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ColetteSimonds PRO says:

Well....pathetic.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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kmacgray PRO says:

"I can't believe that you are serious about abolishing this part of flickr"

LOL
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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jschumacher PRO says:

I just tested this with my computer which doesn't have a web cam, and it still works. You get a gray box for a reaction gif, which matches my reaction to most photos. Thanks Flickr!
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Jan.Timmons PRO says:

heh.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Ainm Eile PRO says:

Please get rid - or at least tell me how to turn it off on my page.
If anyone posts one of these under my photos I will delete it immediately.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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47604 PRO says:

jschumacher:

Mine has no webcam either but i'm not getting what everybody else seems to be,just the photo and comment box.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Martin M. Miles PRO says:

Don´t need it, don´t like it.
I want the option to turn it off.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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mcnod PRO says:

47604:

Mine has no webcam either but i'm not getting what everybody else seems to be,just the photo and comment box.


Which browser?
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Preston Digital Archive PRO says:

We would like the option to disable this feature please.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Alan FEO2 PRO says:

:-) Wondering if it can be edited using Aviary :-)
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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ColetteSimonds PRO says:

If a gif shows up, can it be deleted? We can delete comments, so I would expect we can delete those horrible stupid gifs. If they can be deleted, I really don't care if they show up.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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jschumacher PRO says:

ColetteSimonds:

I don't know for sure but I suspect the ability to delete the reaction gifs will be available in a couple of days.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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ColetteSimonds PRO says:

jschumacher:

Well, I sure hope so!
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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skagitrenee-returning 12/16 PRO says:

This MUST be a joke!

Turning it off is not going to cut it it. I host contests where acknowledgment stamps are important.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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MabelAmber️®***Pluto5339***Incognito PRO says:

ColetteSimonds:

If a gif shows up, can it be deleted?

Yes. Just like text comments it can be deleted by clicking on the little trash icon, top right.

jschumacher:

I don't know for sure

Yes, can be deleted.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Mike Slade. PRO says:

MabelAmber***Pluto5339***As yet incognito....:

I expect the trash icon will get a lot of use.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Ainm Eile PRO says:

MabelAmber***Pluto5339***As yet incognito....:

"trash" being the operative word!
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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47604 PRO says:

mcnod:

Internet explorer
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kmacgray PRO says:

jschumacher:

I don't know for sure but I suspect the ability to delete the reaction gifs will be available in a couple of days

Stop the thread, jschumacher wins. :D
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MabelAmber️®***Pluto5339***Incognito PRO says:

LANSA301:

Bloody! I am going to need a webcam for my old PC... also I have to leave the basement and find where are my long pants

Wins the thread so far.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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teh resa PRO says:

Have been around flickr long enough to remember when image spam in comments created an outrage in some folks worried that Flickr would end up looking like Myspace
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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teh resa PRO says:

typical thread of people complaining about glittery GIF group invites in comments: www.flickr.com/help/forum/87514/?search=myspace
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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drpep PRO says:

No!!!! No!!!!! No!!!!!
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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richardr PRO says:

Tacky.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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dklaughman PRO says:

GIFs? That's pathetic. That's bringing on the demise of an intelligent flickr community really fast.
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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ell brown PRO says:

I don't have an inbuilt camera in my PC (or webcam), so it would be pretty useless!
Are you putting it in the Android app?
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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richardr PRO says:

"As part of our mission to provide a legit visual experience for our Pro members"

So, if I drop my Pro membership I get rid of the Reaction gifs too?
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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teh resa PRO says:

www.flickr.com/help/forum/40458/?search=gif+group+invites...

Nothing like a throwback friday walk down the help forum topics. I especially like the threads (circa 2008) that warn of Flickr's imminent demise with the addition of animated GIFs in comments :)
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MabelAmber️®***Pluto5339***Incognito PRO says:

BODYLANGUAGE is the future!
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Alan FEO2 PRO says:

Waiting for the first naked ones to be reported lol
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Gertrud K. PRO says:

If this is not an april fool it's a pest! I hate pictures in my comments!!! I avoided all groups with awards and now this?
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teh resa PRO says:

Anyway, for the record, animated comments never bothered me much. They can be mildly amusing or mildly irritating but otherwise no big deal. People did seem to more passionately object to minor flickr changes back in the day.
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j l t says:

Pretty good April Fools joke. I think the funniest part though isn't the idea, it's how many people here completely and utterly flipped out about it and thought you were serious. I guess the Flickr forums really ARE the most humorless place on the internet :)

If you got angry at the initial post, go for a walk and come back later.
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MabelAmber️®***Pluto5339***Incognito PRO says:

Nice way to get to know your contacts, Flickr dating (?)
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Kevin PRO says:

l APPROVE OF THIS POST.
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John Rosemeyer says:

I want in. Where do I sign up for PRO?
Posted 9 months ago. ( permalink )

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Wil C. Fry PRO says:

I was all ready to use the feature when I first saw it today. But alas, it's useless because it requires my computer to have a camera (it doesn't). When I clicked it, I assumed it would be something like Facebook's "reactions", with a select set of emoticons. But instead it asked me to enable a feature I don't have. :-(
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PARK@ARTWORKS PRO says:

This is garbage - the written word and text are out - so sad - get a grip flickr - we are not FB - I will not use - I want it off my screen - you can do this but you cant sort Aviary! ?
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