Archive for the ‘flickr’ Category

Death By Redesign?

May 23, 2013

Death By Redesign

Yahoo celebrity CEO Marissa Mayer headlined a Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business” the other day, tap-dancing through a Times Square presser marking the $1 Billion acquisition of Tumblr and a new Yahoo NYC HQ. As an afterthought, Ms. Mayer unveiled the evisceration of Flickr, a formerly functional photo sharing platform. Yahoo acquired Flickr eight years ago and then ignored it, but since Yahoo has been an acquisition graveyard, that benign neglect may account for Flickr’s survival. Until now. The new “improvements” may kill it off.

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Great Art on Mashable

December 5, 2012

Great Art on Mashable

For you connoisseurs of the visual arts, Amanda Wills curates a collection of 16 masterpiece mashups from the NotionsCapital Flickr stream, with a brief explanation of our Digital Primitive aesthetic. Whistler’s Mommy-Blogger (above) didn’t make the cut, and it looks like she’s not pleased about it.

“If History’s Greatest Artists Used Microsoft Paint…” Amanda Wills, Mashable

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Image (“Whistler’s Mommy-Blogger”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Uh-Oh. Smithsonian 2.0

January 31, 2009

Uh-Oh-Smithsonian 2.0

Put the Smithsonian on the Web and everyone can help curate the collections. What could be wrong with that?

Plenty.

The Institution held a “gathering” recently, Smithsonian 2.0. It was an updated cabaret version of a bigger production staged eight years ago at the museum’s 150th birthday party. There seem to have been no Smithsonian 2.0 speakers who would not personally benefit if the Smithsonian bestowed its blessing on “Web 2.0” measures.

Sadly, most models proposed at the meeting were antithetical to the “increase and diffusion of knowledge,”  the Smithsonian’s mission. Unless, that is, the Smithsonian now interprets “diffuse”  in its adjectival sense, “being at once verbose and ill-organized” (Merriam-Webster).

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flickr Video is “The New Coke”

April 11, 2008

flickr Video is the New Coke

The “No Video on flickr” movement is not (well, not entirely) a bunch of Luddites whining about the invention of moving pictures. The huge “No Video on flickr” protest (30,000 members and counting) is probably the reason for any slight service delays on the flickr site, not 90-second video uploads.

flickr is the most well-regarded photo-sharing community on the web (full disclosure: I am a flicker Pro subscriber). Why the precipitate change to include video? Parent company Yahoo is desperate to add value to corporate assets before an impending corporate take-over. This short-term attempt to pump up stock value is poor long-term strategy, and while that is of no concern to a Yahoo management eager to sell, the user community is understandably concerned. Any flicker corporate purchaser should be, too.

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