- I just unlocked the Junior Checkinator badge on Gogobot! @gogobot http://t.co/Whkduu5i 2012-05-17
- I just reached Level 3 of the "Hot Tamale" badge on @foursquare. I’ve checked in at 10 different Mexican Restaurants! http://t.co/5OuiqI5h 2012-05-17
- Eduardo Saverin Owes America. A great POV on a super slimy move. This just pisses me off. http://t.co/F4VB6vmr via @pandodaily 2012-05-17
- Even with the corpse of Derek Fisher, OKC is running away from LAL. #NBA 2012-05-14
- Loving @harvest for tracking my time! Try it out yourself and get $10 off your first month: http://t.co/PeAOCcCo 2012-05-14
- Hey billrisch, Thanks for the mention! http://t.co/iR4hKo5d 2012-05-14
- Wow! If true, that caps one hell of a bad week. @SAI: BOMBSHELL: Scott Thompson Tells Yahoo Board He Has Cancer http://t.co/7WnBLbPa 2012-05-14
- Cool analysis. Lots of people shagging in December. The NYE hangover. :) @hmason: How common is your birthday? http://t.co/qizc2sBB 2012-05-14
- And it didn't end well. Yahoo fires Thompson after false resume fiasco – http://t.co/AZsMccaB via @YahooNews 2012-05-13
- #nufc needs to show up in 2nd half vs #EFC . Could easily be down 4-0. @newcastle_utd 2012-05-13
- With @dickstockton calling @celtics @sixers game…memories of him calling Bird, Chief, McHale, Doc, Moses and Toney 2012-05-12
- Was YAHOO’s Logo Ripped From A Creepy 1960′s Mad Magazine Comic? Here’s The Proof. http://t.co/2ucYHAQD (via Instapaper) 2012-05-12
- Really excited for @celtics vs @sixers in NBA Conf Semifinals. Memories of Bird, Parish, McHale vs Doc, Toney and Chocolate Thunder 2012-05-11
I just finished reading this fantastic article on Gizmodo lamenting Yahoo’s ignorance and immense missteps in how it mis-handled Flickr (I think I’m being generous here). And the article just made me so sad.
Between 2003 and 2010, Yahoo basically demolished Flickr, along with Delicious – two groundbreaking services. But we all know that. What this article did for me was put it all out there in all of it’s gory detail. It was like reading Bill Simmons’ pice about the Los Angeles Clippers of a few years ago. Once you are done with the article, you sit back and say “How the fuck could these people be some utterly inept?”.
It’s hard to remember, but back in 2005, Yahoo seemed like it had its game on. After losing out on search dominance to Google, it snapped up a bunch of small-but-cool socially oriented companies like Flickr (social photos), Delicious (social bookmarking), and Upcoming (social calendaring). There was a real sense that Yahoo was doing the right thing. It was, to some extent, out in front of what would come to be widely known as Web 2.0: the participatory Internet.
The funny thing is that in reading this article about how Yahoo focused on integrating Flickr into the Yahoo “ecosystem”, I said “Oh, that is what Lycos was so focused on when they acquired companies when I was there.” Where is Lycos these days?
I could go on about how Yahoo crushed the lively community within Flickr, how they still have yet to get it right with mobile, and some other amazing oversights, but just read the article. But there are two paragraphs that hit home for me and pretty much justified my decision to walk away from Flickr this year.
Illustrating just how bad the Flickr mobile effort was:
Among other problems, it wouldn’t let you upload several photos at once, you had to go in manually submit them one at a time. It was downscaling photos to 450 x 600, murdering image quality. Users had to log in via Safari rather than in the app itself. It was striping EXIF data from photos as they uploaded—precisely the kind of thing Flickr’s photo nerds wanted to see.
Today, it all seems too late. The iPhone is the most popular camera on Flickr, but the feeling isn’t mutual. Flickr isn’t even among the top 50 free photography apps in iTunes. It’s just below an Instagram clone in 64th place. By way of comparison, an app that adds cats with laser eyes to your photos is 23rd.
And illustrating how the once vibrant community within Flickr has fled to Instagram, 500px, Facebook and others, while at the same time describing in exact detail how I currently utilize Flickr:
As a result, Flickr today is a very different site than it was five years ago. It’s an Internet backwater. It’s not socially appealing.
Recently, Flickr rolled out a “Justified” view, a way to scan your friends’ recent photos where they are all placed together like puzzle pieces. It’s similar to the way Pinterest lays out images. It’s a dramatic, gorgeous way to look at photos—that mostly highlights how rarely many people update now.
As I scroll down I note that friend after friend has quit posting. At the bottom of the page I am already back in mid 2010. So many of my friends have vanished. It feels like MySpace, circa 2009.
This is anecdotal, sure, but I follow many of these same people on other networks (Path, Facebook, Instagram) where they tend to be very active. I see photos of the same people, with their same children and their same dogs—all looking a year or two older than on Flickr.
This justified view also serves to highlight just how many of my friends’ photos are formatted in perfect squares—the tell-tale sign of an Instagram snap that’s been exported. Many of my contacts’ entire photostreams are made up of Instagram photos. In other words they are mere duplicate streams—with fewer comments and activity—of content that exists in primary form elsewhere. The only reason they are active on Flickr at all is because they automatically export there.
- @dreamhostcare Hi…my sites are down again. http://t.co/OaJ8ihY4 What on earth is going on there? And when will these issues be resolved? 2012-05-08
- RT @SurvivingGrady Seriously, how long until Tito rents a plane & buzzes Fenway w/ his ass hanging out the window during a big series vs NYY 2012-05-07
- @DreamHostCare Are you guys having any issues with FTP? I can't log into my site FTP. http://t.co/OaJ8ihY4 2012-05-07
- RT @ScottAllen: Automatically Backup My Documents Folder To Google Drive http://t.co/uoGTGXBC via @PaulSpoerry 2012-05-06
- RT @ajcbraves: The Beastie Boys song choices by #Mets players, who did a really cool thing Fri. to honor the late Adam Yauch http://t.co … 2012-05-05
- Amazimg EPL game this AM on @espn between Norwich City & Arsenal. The tie helps @NUFC big time. 2012-05-05
- "I got a girl in a castle and one in a pagoda. You know, I got rhymes like Abe Vigoda" RIP MCA #beastieboys – http://t.co/pdKsPTaH 2012-05-04
Someone has taken the time to count the number of gunshots fired at James Bond (aka Agent 007) throughout all 22 Bond movies.
It turns out that there have been over 4,600 shots fired at him.
A static well-aimed shot would almost certainly have proved lethal, but assuming all 4662 were “on the run”, the probability of a single fatal shot is about 5 per cent. That is, the chance of a single shot missing is 0.95, and hence the probability of all shots missing is 0.954662 or 1.4 × 10-104, which is as close to zero as makes no difference
Now, about all of those Bond Girls he has gotten to know so well.
So sad about the news of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys losing his fight with cancer. The Washington Post, of all places, (The Washington Post!) pulled together one of the best tributes I’ve seen yet:
A Tribute to Adam Yauch, Composed Entirely of Beastie Boys Lyrics
Born and bred Brooklyn — U.S.A.
They call me Adam Yauch but I’m M.C.A.
Like a lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon
I sip the def ale with all the fly women (1)
I’m not James at 15 or Chachi in charge
I’m Adam and I’m adamant about living large (2)
I’ve got more rhymes than I’ve got gray hairs
And that’s a lot because I’ve got my share (3)
Now what do we have here, an outlaw and his beer
I run this land, you understand, I make myself clear. (4)
M.C. for what I am and do
the A is for Adam and the lyrics; true
so as pray and hope and the message is sent
and I am living in the dreams that I have dreamt (5)
I wish for peace between the races
Someday we shall all be one (6)
That’s right y’all
Don’t get uptight y’all (7)
I’m out and I’m gone
I tell you now I keep it on and on. (8)
- More trouble in Yahooville. This won't end well. http://t.co/9HlXcQ9m 2012-05-03
- ‘Between Two Ferns’ Is Coming to TV. what really is the difference these days? http://t.co/p3wQcEIf 2012-05-03
- Hey nycjoshua, Thanks for the mention! http://t.co/EK5gYLFf 2012-05-03
- I just reached Level 2 of the "Flame Broiled" badge on @foursquare. I’ve checked in at 5 different burger joints! http://t.co/TG3hcDkI 2012-05-02
- Great read! @NaamaBloom: Read this any you'll understand a bit more about @harvest and why I love working here http://t.co/sFyfC3Pb” 2012-05-01
- Hey rjsauter44, Thanks for the mention! http://t.co/3K3M7egM 2012-04-30
- Brooklyn Nets unveil logos, colors for 2012-13 but team will still suck. And are B&W "colors"? http://t.co/UCdYsM1r 2012-04-30
- Hey rjsauter44, Thanks for the mention! http://t.co/DVSs5Y0M 2012-04-30
- @rjsauter44 It goes. U in NYC anytime soon? Fam and I may be Upstate later in the year for a roadtrip. TBD but will let ya know in reply to rjsauter44 2012-04-30
- Growth Hacker is the new VP Marketing. A concept I've believe in for a logn time. http://t.co/L5HImHKb 2012-04-30
The NYC Department of Records has released almost 900,000 never before seen photos from their archives dating as far back as the 1890′s. The Daily Mail has a bunch posted on their site. As of now, the NYC Department of Records site has crashed because of the incoming volume of traffic.
Oh, here is a modern shot of the corner in the above photo.