Remember this quote of a #FlickrFail
May 21st, 2013 @ 7:22 pm


“…there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers, when there’s everything is professional photographers. Certainly there is varying levels of skills, but we didn’t want to have a Flickr Pro anymore, we wanted everyone to have professional quality photos, space, and sharing.”

– Marissa Mayer,Yahoo! CEO

HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE? Sorry, that’s my frustration talking.

I must say I am NOT happy with this Flickr revamp. They redesigned it yesterday and it looks like Tumblr threw up on it. It’s not user friendly.

Let me explain what I find wrong with the redesign:

What I find wrong with Flickr #1

What I find wrong with Flickr #1
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On this first image, my problems are labeled #1 and #2.  For  issue #1, my problem is the three dots is not intuitive.  I had to click around before I figured out that where the rest of the menu of options was located.  I think for this, a small down arrow would have made more sense.

Issue #2’s problem is that I do use collections.  I have a collection of sets of photos taken in Georgia.  I have another collection of photos just taken in Savannah.  Sure, there is overlap, but for a person looking for Savannah photos, they don’t have to bother scrolling in sets or the Georgia collection on non-Savannah photos.  Instead of putting collections in the drop down menu, place a link next to the Sets button.

What I find wrong with Flickr #2

What I find wrong with Flickr #2
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In this second image, I am now in the sets. The box labeled 3 shows an example of what Flickr ruined with its new look.  It is hiding the details of the photo.  I chose that photo to represent that set because it’s a rabbit in Christmas lights.  You can’t tell what it is now.

What I find wrong with Flickr #3

What I find wrong with Flickr #3
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However, if you go into the set, you’ll see the thumbnail is now showing all of the bunny.  Why can’t it be consistent? And if you look at what I have labeled 4a, you’ll see that I have images and nothing else.  Maybe I have a story with that photo?  I can’t display it with an excerpt, unless I use this type of URL with Flickr:

Flickr Backdoor

Flickr Backdoor

Shouldn’t I have the option to use that style as my default. By the way, it only works for the photostream and nothing else:

What I find wrong with Flickr #4

What I find wrong with Flickr #4
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In this shot, I can have an excerpt display if I had one, but take a look at note 4b. Even using this URL, the site is wrong in saying I have NO PHOTOS!

But wait! There’s more!

What I find wrong with Flickr #5

What I find wrong with Flickr #5
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Take a look at the item labeled 5. It simply says where the photo was taken. In the old Flickr layout, it had it displayed on the map. What is someone saw this photo and wanted to visit Babyland General. Did you know it has since moved since I took this photo? By taking away the maps for those that like and uses the geomapping feature, this new layout has taken that feature from us.

And back to sets again. What if you had a long description that featured HTML? Well, this new layout doesn’t comply:

What I find wrong with Flickr #6

What I find wrong with Flickr #6
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Take a look at that! You can’t read the FULL DESCRIPTION without a hover over. And what about my other pet sets? I am trying to help you. This REALLY ruins the link I have handy for my Historical Markers collection.

These are just the little things I have noted for now. There is MORE wrong with this new layout than I have noted. They taught me in my IT class that form follows function. An impressive graphical user interface is worth nothing if your program doesn’t work. What good was this redesign if it broke what was working with Flickr?

And then let’s go back to Ms. Meyer’s quote?  According to that logic, this is a professional photo:

Bad picture of an otter

I KNOW this is a horrible photo.  The point being that some of use, even as amateurs, adopted a Pro account because we like sharing our photos with family, friends, and strangers. We know our photos aren’t that great.  As for those that are professionals, are you really going to tell me my shot of foot taken with my old cell phone from 2004 is just as great as my professional quality photos? Or can even compare to my friends of professional quality?

I told my little sister to assume that Yahoo! would ruin Tumblr based on its past with Flickr.  And that was before this redesign.

Let’s just say I am disgusted.  And if you read the Feedback on the Help Forum, you’ll see I’m not alone.

Geek · Head Scratchers

1 Comment

  1. David Hopper (Stormdrane™) said,

    May 22, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I don’t much like the flickr update either. :/

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