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I don't know about anyone else but I'm having a nightmare with Flickr at the moment, just adding a comment is a joke. I can't see anyone icons, can't see group logo's.
Looked into the matter and found this post..........
I’m SmugMug’s Chief Geek & CEO. Together with the Flickr team, we’re the people that are hard at work improving Flickr. One of the most important pieces of feedback we got from Flickr’s members was that we had to stabilize & speed up the service.
We’ve been working on that for many months now and I wanted to update everyone on our progress. I know there are still speed and reliability issues, and I experience them too. I get incredibly frustrated when my uploads error out and I have to retry. It’s not fun. :(
The good news is that we’re fixing them at a deep, fundamental level: we’re re-engineering Flickr’s underlying infrastructure, and we’re making really good progress. We’re moving everything at Flickr out of Yahoo’s datacenters and into Amazon Web Services (AWS), the best cloud service provider in the world.
Re-engineering Flickr’s infrastructure is staggeringly complex. Flickr is a huge service and it powers an amazingly large percentage of the Internet’s hyperlinks. It’s like swapping out a jet’s engines while still flying. This takes a lot of time and hard work to get right.
Just how huge is the scale? Monstrously huge. We have more than 100 million accounts. We store, render, and serve tens of billions of photos. Our storage footprint alone is hundreds of petabytes (that’s hundreds of millions of gigabytes). We have hundreds of databases. The list goes on - all the numbers are enormous. They’re so big that we’re often literally hitting the limits of physics, such as the speed of light and the rotational speed of disks, as we try to move faster.
Flickr is a very large platform built out of a number of smaller internal services. Together, those services deliver the Flickr experience you know and love. I’m happy to report that a number of services have already moved to our new infrastructure 100%, and more will finish in the next few weeks and months. Each time a service moves, the error rate drops dramatically and the performance jumps. Fewer Pandas are seen.
One of the major services that is in mid-move right now, and easily the most requested by our members, is the new Flickr Login. No longer will you be required to log in via Yahoo; instead, you can log in directly with whatever email address and password you prefer. If you haven’t received your invitation yet, stay tuned: you will. It takes awhile to move 100M accounts.
The next wave coming, starting in the next few weeks, is an entirely new set of services for uploading, storing, and serving both photos and videos. Our internal testing is going very well, and this new set of services should deliver much better performance, far fewer errors, higher quality, and a lot of really great new functionality.
As we continue to move these services over, one-by-one, things may continue to be a little bumpy. Occasionally, we may even have to schedule small amounts of downtime for particularly large or difficult services. I’m sorry about that - I wish this was smoother for everyone, including myself. As I said, though, this is a very difficult problem and the bumpiness will be worth it - we’ll soon be on a much faster, much more stable Flickr.
Thank you for your continued patience and support. We couldn’t do any of this without the passionate Flickr community and its valuable feedback. As a company, SmugMug has spent more than 16 years listening to our photographers, building better experiences based on that feedback, then listening again. We’re re-engineering Flickr’s infrastructure because you asked us to, so it’s important to get right.
Once we’re done with this re-engineering project later this year, and we’ve made sure Flickr is faster and more stable than ever before, we’ll get to work building the next wave of great Flickr experiences you’re all asking for.
We’ve been listening, we’re very excited about the future, and the world’s largest photographer-focused community will be better than ever.
Chief Geek & CEO
SmugMug & Flickr