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From BBC technology news.
Social music site Last.fm has been bought by US media giant CBS Corporation for $280m (£140m), the largest-ever UK Web 2.0 acquisition.
As part of the deal, Last.fm’s managing team will remain in place and the site will maintain its own separate identity.
Sorry things have been so quiet round here recently, but Heather and myself have been busting ourselves stupid trying to get the new version of Scarleteen finished (more on that when it launches). We’re not quite done yet but at least the end is in site.
Anyhow, the reason for this post (apart from the apology) is to point out a fantastic article on Matt Haughey‘s new site, Fortuitous, Some Community Tips for 2007 – Seven tips on how to run a successful community.
Every year or so I write a long post or do a presentation at a conference on the subject of community. Each time I approach the subject, I take what I’ve already written and add to it with recent things I’ve learned or learned long before and only recently realized. To prepare for an upcoming presentation, I decided to write down stuff I’ve learned/realized in the last 12 months. I suspect I’ll be revisiting this topic many times on this blog but I wanted to kick off this first foray into community with a list of stuff I’ve been thinking about recently, but haven’t written much about yet.
Matt is the founder of Metafilter (amongst other things) so when he offers up tips about running an online community, you’d better make sure you’re taking notes.
As you may have heard, Flickr have re-announced their intention to shut off the old sign-in system and move solely to Yahoo’s authentication system on the 15th March.
(I say “re-announced” as this has been on the cards since the original buy out)
From the furore erupting on the forums and on other sites you’d think Stuart and the guys had decided to put babies on spikes, not streamline their login system.
I’ve personally introduced god knows how many people to flickr, many of whom went on to purchase Pro accounts, so I thought I’d address some of the misconceptions and complaints that are flying around in case they had any worries (which is much easier than wading through the offical support forum, which has turned into a bit of a pile-on in my opinion)
I don’t want another loginThe Yahoo login will be replacing your flickr login, it won’t be in addition to. And if you already have a Yahoo ID then your total count of user IDs will actually go down.
I don’t want to be email@example.com, I don’t want to lose my flickr usernameYour Yahoo ID has no affect on your screenname within flickr. Nor does it affect your buddy icon, email settings etc.
Yahoo’s authentication sucks, it keeps logging me out every X daysOnce you’ve merged and logged back into flickr, the flickr servers will keep you logged in. You won’t be at the mercy of Yahoo’s whimsy. I merged my account a few months ago (for access to the Filckr mobile site) and haven’t been back to Yahoo’s site since. So far everything has been fine.
I hate YahooI’ve heard some people complain that they’ve had bad experiences with Yahoo in the past (note: I’m only talking from a technical angle here, their dealings with China are for another time). Fair enough, can’t say I’ve had any problems myself and I’ve had my Yahoo ID for over 8 years for IM purposes (oh christ I feel old), I don’t use the email side of it at all.It probably helps that the UK has some pretty hefty data protection legislation.
Heather has also been compiling a list of these questions as a sticky topic at the top of the thread pages
As to how I personally feel about this? To be honest I’m sitting on the fence. We’ve known this has been coming down the pipe since the buyout so the technical change doesn’t impact me at all. If unifying the architecture allows them to roll out swanky new features then I’m all for it.
If I have any worries it’s about how much affect the corporate culture at Yahoo is having on Flickr’s independent attitude. The staff are in the threads doing their best to to reassure people that this isn’t happening, but who knows.
My Pro account is paid up until the end of 2008 so I have plenty of time to see how things pans out. I’ve made too many friends and contacts through Flickr to just jump ship without good reason, and this isn’t a good reason. Fingers crossed the good will out.