Archive of: yahoo

  • Solving problems

    Too many people think graphic design is not a specialty, but something anyone can do, because the tools to make decent-looking Web pages, newsletters, books, and the like are readily available. But design isn’t putting stuff on a page. It’s about solving visual problems through an iterative process of decisionmaking, which may involve consultation, or may happen in private. If you can’t master that process, you can’t work in the field.

    Glenn Fleishman on Yahoo’s logo redesign.

  • Volumes of data

    2.3 million photos with location data were uploaded to Flickr this month; 95,634,285 in total. That’s according to Brady Forrest’s post over at O’Reilly Radar on the appearance of Flickr photos on Google Street View.

    2.3 million in one month!

  • Convenience Wins, Hubris Loses

    Ian Rogers of Yahoo! Music has had enough of the shortsightedness of the music industry and he’s not going to help them screw over customers any more.

    Last week, in a excoriating talk, he lays out his history of involvement with music on the internet, and exactly why their position to date has been ridiculous and petty.

    Suing Napster without offering an alternative just seemed like a denial of fact. Napster didn’t invent the ability to do P2P, it was inherent in TCP/IP. It was like throwing Newton in jail for popularizing the concept of gravity.

    I’m here to tell you today that I for one am no longer going to fall into this trap. If the licensing labels offer their content to Yahoo! put more barriers in front of the users, I’m not interested. Do what you feel you need to do for your business, I’ll be polite, say thank you, and decline to sign. I won’t let Yahoo! invest any more money in consumer inconvenience.

    It’s heartening to see someone in Ian’s position taking this stand and saying “no more”. The question is whether the music industry is listening.

    I suspect not.

    Hat tip: Nat Torkington at O’Reilly Radar.

  • Flickr to require Yahoo! login - world about to end apparently

    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)

    1. 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.
    2. I don’t want to be, 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

    More comment and analysis: Metafilter, Thomas Vander Wal.