• With Picnik’s Demise, Aviary Brings Its Slick, HTML5 Photo Editor To Flickr’s 75 Million Users

    With Picnik’s Demise, Aviary Brings Its Slick, HTML5 Photo Editor To Flickr’s 75 Million Users

    Aviary, the company that makes it easy for mobile developers to integrate image editing into their apps, is debuting a huge partnership today. The New York-based startup will be powering photo editing for Flickr’s 75 million users. Picnik was the default photo editor for Flickr for some time now, even after Google bought the startup. But Google decided to shut down Picnik, and and… Read More

  • Big UI Changes Coming To Flickr Next Week

    Big UI Changes Coming To Flickr Next Week

    Yahoo’s management of Flickr has been something of a mystery. The photo-hosting service, once far and away the frontrunner and choice of pros and casual shooters alike, has seen few improvements in recent years — an eternity in the fast-moving online photography space. Many (including myself) cling to the service out of a kind of inertia, but it’s hard not to be jealous of… Read More

  • Flickr Joins SOPA Protest, Lets Users Black Out Photos

    Flickr Joins SOPA Protest, Lets Users Black Out Photos

    This morning, online photo sharing site Flickr joined the growing number of web companies protesting the SOPA and PIPA legislation, which now include Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, and others. For a 24-hour period, starting today, Flickr is letting its members darken their own photos in an effort to raise awareness about the proposed, highly damaging legislation. But that’s not… Read More

  • PhotoPin: Creative Commons Photos For All Your Stock Photo Needs

    PhotoPin: Creative Commons Photos For All Your Stock Photo Needs

    I’ve been looking for something like this for years: a central, easy-to-use site for stock photos. Called PhotoPin, the site features a search engine that trolls Flickr for pictures. Some of them are also available to buy, but the vast majority are CC licensed. Obviously the site (it’s more a widget, really) reminds you to link back to the original image, but if you’ve ever… Read More

  • Flickr Updates Its iPhone App, But Where’s Flickr For iPad?

    Flickr Updates Its iPhone App, But Where’s Flickr For iPad?

    Flickr has just pushed out an update to its iPhone app, easing the batch upload process and making some UI tweaks. It will surely be welcomed by the many Flickr users who use iPhones, but Flickr’s continual reticence to develop for new platforms remains a problem. It took them more than a year to produce a native iPhone app, about the same for Android. We’re coming up on the… Read More

  • Official Flickr App Arrives For Android

    Official Flickr App Arrives For Android

    Being an Android user as well as a Flickr user has been dangerous territory for quite a long time now. There’s been no official app, and the third-party ones haven’t been too hot. Luckily for us, Yahoo has finally dropped a Flickr app that not only has their official blessing, but doesn’t suck at all. Read More

  • Flickr Not Dead, But Losing The Soul Of Photo Sharing

    Flickr Not Dead, But Losing The Soul Of Photo Sharing

    The buzz in photography circles this past weekend was a post by Thomas Hawk declaring “Flickr is Dead.” It’s not the first time we’ve heard this attention-grabbing headline. By the numbers, it’s hard to call a photo sharing site with more than 5 billion photos “dead” just yet, and Hawk admits it will take time. But, Yahoo-owned Flickr is facing… Read More

  • The Latest Crazy Instagram Stats: 150 Million Photos, 15 Per Second, 80% Filtered

    The Latest Crazy Instagram Stats: 150 Million Photos, 15 Per Second, 80% Filtered

    This past June, we noted that Instagram hit a big milestone: 5 million users. At the time, the total number of photos shared on the service was at 95 million, and given the rate of growth, they expected to pass 100 million shortly. Well, they missed pointing out that milestone, but today, not even two months later, they’re pointing out another one: 150 million photos. That’s… Read More

  • Former Yahoo Engineer Quits To Build A Flickr Killer On Kickstarter

    As Mike Arrington wrote back in April, it can sometimes feel like certain photo-sharing websites have more of a hostage-taking approach to their business models than a “lets-please-the-customer” model. The photo-sharing experience then effectively becomes synonymous with platform lock-in — if you try to leave, you may not be able to take your images with you. Or, if you… Read More

  • Yeah, That Flickr iPhone Data Is Way Off — It's Far More Dominating Than It Seems

    Yeah, That Flickr iPhone Data Is Way Off — It's Far More Dominating Than It Seems

    Earlier today, TUAW noted that according to Flickr’s stats, the iPhone 4 is now the most popular camera across the site. Yes, it has overtaken all those professional cameras, all the point-and-shoots, etc. That’s huge. But the news came with a caveat. And it’s actually a big one. As TUAW notes at the bottom of their post, the caveat is Flickr admitting that they’re… Read More

  • Flickr Designer Publicly Criticizes Flickr's Design

    The photo-sharing space continues to heat up, and continues to leave dominant player in the space Flickr in the dust innovation wise. If one thing’s becoming clear, it’s that it must be really painful to work at Yahoo and have any sort of passion for good product design. The latest example of this comes from Flickr designer Timoni West, who has publicly criticized the service on… Read More

  • Obama ‘Situation Room’ Photo Is Already Half Way To Becoming Flickr’s Most Viewed Pic

    If you ever wanted a glimpse of what the Spiderman “With great power comes great responsibility” quote looks like actualized, take a second to digest the above photo of President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and various others in the White House Situation room, captured as they “receive an update on the mission against… Read More

  • PhotoSync Is A Simple Way To Import Your Flickr Photos Into Facebook

    Yes I know that Flickr offers a dinky Facebook Newsfeed sync and there are plenty of other services that offer pretty complex Flickr photo-syncing tools, but this post is for the three of you that want to prevent this from happening to you and don’t have 20 minutes to spend figuring something else out. Read More

  • As Instagram Innovates, Yahoo Product Head Makes "Early Flickr" Comparison

    Tech pundits like to compare Instagram and Flickr, because they both created a lot of excitement and a community around photo-sharing in their heydays (Instagram is currently in the middle of its moment). Both take/took advantage of the zeitgeist tech concepts of the time, Flickr leveraged tagging and the ability to upload a photo via an email address and Instagram leveraged the proliferation… Read More

  • iPhone 4 About To Be Flickr's Top Camera. Point & Shoots? Pretty Much The Opposite.

    What’s the most popular camera used in terms of pictures taken that are uploaded to Flickr? Right now, it’s the Nikon D90. But in about a month or so, it will be Apple’s iPhone 4. What’s amazing is that D90 is nearly three years old. The iPhone 4 is not even a year old. Just look at a the chart above. The rise has been spectacular. But it’s hardly the first time… Read More

  • I Won't Use Flickr Until They Release My Photo Hostages

    I Won't Use Flickr Until They Release My Photo Hostages

    Freemium business models are always hard. You have to give users enough for free that they try your service out and get hooked. Then you hit them with fees for upgraded features that make it even better. With a perfect product people don’t mind paying because they feel like it’s good value. Flickr is a freemium service. But they have more of a hostage taking business model. It may… Read More

  • Flickr Dips Its Toes Into Social With Twitter And Facebook 'Share This' Features

    Photo-sharing site Flickr, which has limitless potential in terms of the sheer number of photos stored on the service (over 5 billion at last count),  has made it easier for users to share their photos today with new Twitter and Facebook “Share This” features. A share interface re-vamp comes along with the new features. While previously you could only share photostreams… Read More

  • Former Flickr Product Chief Lands At Bitly

    Flickr’s recently departed product chief Matthew Rothenberg is landing in a new job in New York City. He was just hired by bitly to become its new VP of Product. He will be moving from California. Score another one for the New York startup scene. Rothenberg’s decision to leave Flickr, which he says has more to do with personal reasons, is nevertheless seen as yet another sign… Read More

  • Flickr Burning As Yahoo Fiddles: Head Of Service Walks Away

    When you ask Yahoo who is in charge of Flickr, they always point to one man: Matthew Rothenberg. Well, technically, there are people at Yahoo above him in charge of the group of products that Flickr is in (Applications Division). But it’s Rothenberg, as head of product, who they’ll tell you is leading the day to day. Not anymore. Rothenberg is out as head of product for Flickr. Read More

  • Flickr Confirms Taking Down Egyptian Blogger's Photos, Cites Community Guidelines Violation

    Last weekend Egyptian protestors broke into Amn al Dowla, the Cairo headquarters for the Egyptian security agency, and removed a “treasure trove” of video disks, hard disks and CDs with government documents from the Mubarak era. Egyptian blogger Hossam Arabway came into possession of a CD from the raid and has been uploading a set of Secret Service officer pics to Flickr for the… Read More

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