Yahoo was never sure what to do with Flickr after they bought it. And when they realized they’d missed the smartphone revolution, they tried to make it into something it wasn’t suited for (an Instagram equivalent) and couldn’t sustain (cloud storage for ALL your photos!)
I remember when they panicked over Instagram and the best they could come up with was adding filters, as if that was the key…
Last month, Tumblr and Flickr both announced policy changes that upset a lot of users. Flickr announced that they’d be shrinking the storage offered to free accounts while adding features to paid accounts. Tumblr announced that all adult content was going to be banned, and immediately set about flagging posts and accounts. In the clumsiest way possible. With a lot of errors…
I can’t say I’ll miss it. The few times I’ve used it, it felt like I was shouting into a vacuum. IIRC, they didn’t feel it was worth objecting when Google launched their own site called Buzz, so the writing’s been on the wall for quite a while. Hmm, I wonder how the two Buzz’s user bases compare….
We knew this was coming, but Yahoo has announced that it will not longer support Yahoo Buzz, its a Digg-like product where users can rank stories from publishers.