I’d written an article about three times as long as this one with lots of thoughts on Flickr under SmugMug, but decided that most of it was a bunch of fluff and that it really all boils down to a few key points:
- Yes, many photographers have fond memories of the heyday of Flickr
- Nostalgia isn’t enough to turn Flickr around
Thomas Hawk wrote over the weekend about his Top 10 Ways to Improve Flickr for 2018 and it’s telling that more than half of his items are not new features, but rather pleading for fixes to existing features which are broken.
It’s 2018; a great 2011 feature set won’t be enough to bring crowds back to Flickr.
Can SmugMug introduce something new and innovative? Maybe… although it’s been a while since they’ve done that with their own offerings.
Like many, I celebrated the news that Flickr is now under ownership that has shown it has a clue about photography. Will that clue translate into what’s needed to bring Flickr back as a first class modern photo network?
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— Photowebo (@photowebo) April 30, 2018