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Chris Shiflett

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Yahoogle and Flickr

I just read Nat's blog entry about Why Yahoo and Google Still Don't Get It. First, I must say that Yahoogle is the best word I've seen since Orkwhore.

What is Flickr anyway? It seems everyone is talking about it lately. I even see people talking about Flash again (and not in a derogatory manner). Maybe it is something I should consider using instead of Gallery, since I have some pictures of OSCON and my trip to Italy that I want to post. At first glance, it looks like a slightly better Ofoto, but there must be something more.

I would poke around a bit more and find out, but the registration page currently tells me:

Flickr is currently closed.

I also thought Nat made an interesting point about the influence of blogs, at least those of people he calls alpha geeks and influencers:

I see the world working like this: Tech reporters and widely-read people like Tim watch alpha geeks to figure out what's new and important. The general public learn from their alpha geeks and from tech reporters. So if you (generic firm) can't get the alpha geeks talking about your product, you face an uphill battle to get the general public aware of it and using it.

I wonder how closely that resembles how the world really operates. I certainly agree that the blogs of alpha geeks and influencers are collectively the best research tool for any tech reporter, but I wonder whether there are really that many who realize this.

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Yahoogle and Flickr was posted on Wed, 08 Sep 2004. If you liked it, follow me on Twitter or share:


1.Ben Ramsey said:

I was able to register at flickr.com just fine a few minutes ago. Do you know if there's a space restriction? I'm going to try it out and see how it works for me. My wife's and my photo gallery (powered by the famous gallery software from Sourceforge) is starting to take up a considerable amount of space on my hosting account, so I'm looking for alternatives.

Wed, 08 Sep 2004 at 18:10:32 GMT Link

2.Ben Ramsey said:

One more thing... as I've been digging deeper into it and reading Jeremy Zawodny's blog, it seems to me that you can upload your pics to Flickr and then use SOAP or XML-RPC to interface with the Flickr Web Services and display your pictures on your own site or someone else. How cool is that?

It also says that the free account can upload up to 10mb per month; the pro account can upload 1gb per month. But this doesn't answer my question about an overall space limit, which they may not have.

Wed, 08 Sep 2004 at 18:18:34 GMT Link

3.Chris Shiflett said:

I was able to register just now, so I'll poke around a bit more. The Flickr Web Services thing does sound interesting and might very well answer my question about using it as a replacement for Gallery.

Let me know if you find out about the space limit.

Wed, 08 Sep 2004 at 19:03:24 GMT Link

4.Chris Shiflett said:

Some similar services a reader pointed me to:



Wed, 08 Sep 2004 at 20:48:48 GMT Link

5.Caterina Fake said:

Hi Ben! There is no overall limit, just a monthly limit.

Wed, 08 Sep 2004 at 21:38:34 GMT Link

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