A lot of people love it. i'm not one of those.
Mind you, what i liked about Flickr was that it presented me images that were meant for public display. They were easy to find and really took effort to show them off. This meant that a lot of folks saw and remarked on your images. Folks who wanted to share them could use Creative Commons licenses and offer them up for general consumption. i'm astounded that a few of my images were used that way. i'm also sure that a lot of images that weren't marked as CC were also used and i'm positive some of mine were abused as well.
It doesn't really matter, since that's what that site was about. Heck, they even had a page full of images considered to be Most Interesting.
So, with the latest image focused iteration, i should be over the moon right? Images are not only on display, but smooshed together in one big firehose of imagery goodness pointed at my optical nerves.
Well, no, i'm not.
See, there's this thing called "White Space" that lets you appreciate what you're looking at. It's why the Mona Lisa is displayed like this
Granted, there have been a few museums i've been to that do something similar to this. That doesn't mean that it's a good idea, and generally, there are other than aesthetic concerns for why they may do that. i'll add that "white space" isn't always "white". It means uncluttered areas that don't distract. The much maligned windows8 interface even follows that practice by having very simple graphics, all smooshed together like a cubist version of Twister.
So, the layout thing isn't my cup of tea. So, there's the 1TB of image storage. That's worth something, right?
Eh, no. Not really.
Much like how Y!Mail once touted that it offered 1GB of mail storage, there are other services that offer a lot more. Imgur and SmugMug offer fairly unlimited image storage, and have for years. Likewise, while kind of the opposite of flickr in the discovery and usability side, Facebook and Instagram also offer loads of storage as part of their service. In some respects, flickr's announcement could easily be interpreted as "We're limiting the amount of storage to only 1TB".
i'll also note that you still can't pull images via RSS
, the price of not bugging visitors with ads has doubled, you're feedback and comments are less important, as are details like how the photo was taken if you're interested in photography at all. Some of the reasons that Flickr was awesome for folks who want to share their photos and develop as photographers. Heck, i can't even learn a way to say "Hello" in Kurdish unless i carefully hover over my icon.
So, yeah, not really as impressed as i could be, sorry. i'm sure i'm in the vast majority, and not 100% on board with this whole Flat Design thing that has everyone's knickers in knots, kind of like how i wasn't awestruck by Aqua or Aero either, and heaven knows those aged well.