Flickr holds a special place in my heart, at least compared to other internet sites. I’ve spent more time on Flickr than most people have spent on Facebook or Twitter — daily participation since I joined in Sept. 2005. Not only have I uploaded over 30,000 images to my photostream (most of them now non-public), but I’ve started about a dozen groups, half of which I still administer, and I’ve spent countless hours volunteering in the Help Forum, helping beginners learn their way around and helping old-timers troubleshoot technical issues.
Two months ago, the Flickr powers that be talked of “making Flickr awesome again”, and I blogged about what that might entail, kind of halfheartedly, not having any real confidence that Yahoo! would do the right thing. I laid out four simple points that would have made longtime users love the site again, and would help keep any newcomers, instead of driving them away.
Of course, they didn’t follow my advice.