One thing I really like about Flickr
Like everyone in the iphoneography world, I’m weighing up my options. Instagram may have reverted to its old TOS, but it’s as if you found your partner in a romantically-lit bar in the clutches of someone else before they actually cheated on you. They burst into tears and begged you to come back and they didn’t actually do anything. But they would have if you hadn’t turned up. And it’s changed how you feel about them. A lot. In common social media parlance, their brand has been screwed - even if they haven’t.
So looking at the options, there’s one thing I really like about Flickr. Really like. I’m a little biased because I helped them launched their new mobile app in London a few weeks ago. There are a lot of good things about the mobile app, but the thing I REALLY like is not something about the mobile app, it’s something about Flickr generally. And it’s something that has always irked me about Instagram. And it’s something I don’t like about most of the other options that people are currently road-testing.
If someone goes into my Flickr photostream (the equivalent to a profile page on Instagram), they see the little profile picture of me, my user name and real name, the number of photos I’ve posted and below that they see my Sets, Groups, Favourites and Contacts. How many contacts do I have? It doesn’t say. And I don’t know. And what are my contacts? Are they the people I follow, or the people who follow me? Until I thought about it just now, I mean right now, I didn’t know. They’re actually the people who I follow (=followings in Instagramese). Can I see how many people follow me (=followers in Instagramese)? No, I can’t. So, do I feel great because of how many more followers I have than followings? No, I don’t.
Which is one thing I really like about Flickr. People aren’t obsessing about who’s following who, who’s following who back, who’s unfollowed who, who’s got the largest number of followers, all that crap. The thing they’re obsessing about is the photos. Which is one thing I really like about Flickr.
Who’s following who and all that crap