How Marissa Mayer Can Make Flickr More Awesomer Again

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    1. SooSee.Q 21 months ago | reply

      totally. caught wind of your letter yesterday and i RT'd it to the little universe that follows me. spread the word, spread the word!

    2. Xvant 21 months ago | reply

      hope the flickr reality start to change :D

    3. otterphoto 21 months ago | reply

      Back when I first bought a camera, I was still on WebTV (I was poor, and it was 2006!) and people that would see me taking photographs and say "You should post that on Flickr!". Now, when I tell people I'm going to post it on Flickr, they say "What's Flickr?".

    4. KimFearheiley 21 months ago | reply

      I saw your letter yesterday. I hope she takes your advice. Thanks for representing us!

    5. Epiphonication 21 months ago | reply

      lets make it awesomer ;)

    6. .brianday 21 months ago | reply

      T. Hawk for Flickr Evangelist?

      ;)

    7. A-cat-and-a-half 21 months ago | reply

      agree, agree, agree!!!

    8. karlstad Igår 21 months ago | reply

      Awesomer Flickr sounds awsome!!

    9. michael.veltman 21 months ago | reply

      Excellent article Thomas. Thank you, I learned a lot from it.

    10. spanish moss 21 months ago | reply

      I LOVE your enthusiasm :)

    11. idreamofdaylight 21 months ago | reply

      Well written as usual, Flickr should employ you as a consultant for their away days to generate ideas..

    12. brendan ó sé 21 months ago | reply

      has anyone else said it?

      I would employ you!

    13. michael.veltman 21 months ago | reply

      An educational component to Flickr might be successful as well. Lessons on how to take exceptional photos covering everything from shutter speed to composition to certain type of shots. I know enough about photography to understand how little I know. I learn alot from this site, but only from thinking about images that are posted and the occasional insight that some of the photographers provide about a particular image they took.

    14. Thomas Hawk 21 months ago | reply

      the group structure for flickr is ideal for such a venture. The problem is though that groups are broken. The single biggest problem with groups is harassment. Live in them long enough and you will run into someone that you don't like for whatever reason. What flickr needs is a more robust blocking tool that will make people in groups invisible to you. This is how both Google+ and Facebook do it. The second problem with groups is that there are too many threads that you are not interested in that you have to wade through to read the ones that you are interested in. Your force subjected to inane threads that get bumped all the time that you have zero interest in. Why should you, for example, have to be subjected tot the "who is going to win the superbowl thread" in your favorite group if you hate football? Why not allow individual members the ability to hide threads as an option?

      Groups also suffer from inattention and inactivity. This happens because it's too much work for you to check the threads of 20 groups every day simply to see if something has been updated that you care about. Flickr needs to allow you to subscribe to an individual thread in a group and then create a subscriptions page that pulls all of the threads that you care about and have subscribed to into a single forum for you to consume. This will make sure that if you care about a thread and it is updated that you see it. If you care about and it's updated you will be more likely to respond thus increasing the activity in less active groups. Activity begets activity so any lost opportunity that flickr wastes hurts groups.

      Finally a robust thread reader needs to be developed for mobile. The reader should do one thing really well. Allow you to read and respond to group threads. Reading them easily is the most important part. Right now it's pretty difficult to read group threads so people don't do it.

      The group threads are the lifeblood of the groups on Flickr but Flickr has not improved the thread experience in years.

    15. michael.veltman 21 months ago | reply

      I agree and think that the ideas you are highlighting are important. I was thinking of something a little different from groups and threads though. If I wanted to sit down and spend an hour learning about aperture, I can go to a group or thread or whatever and do that, but I wouldn't necessarily be looking to follow the thread moving forward on a continuous basis. When I was heading to the aqarium a while back and wanted to take pictures, I searched the internet for tips of how to take pictures of tank fish, not Flickr. I think aquarium fish pictures are cool, but I really don't want to follow a thread or group of aquarium fish or how to shoot them. Learning to photograph might be better served as a different area of the site and / or with a different format. Thank you, by the way, for your thoughtful response.

    16. agent j loves nyc 21 months ago | reply

      I am inspired by this and hope more share their thoughts in this posting. I attended the first official flickr meetup a few months back and it seemed things were on the verge of changing from my conversations with flickr employees there, but then a month later they rolled out the new slow uploader and it seemed things were ignored again. I don't even know how to go about being heard. The only first contact is the robotic customer service in the Help section. Has anyone ever been able to get past that and speak or get an e-mail from a real person?

    17. HateTheNewSiteChanges 8 months ago | reply

      I still don't see how MM made F/Y/T awesome again. She ruined the site by making it look like instagram/tumblr.

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