Must Read

Whether it’s real or not (and I have no reason to doubt it), Stewart Butterfield’s resignation letter to Yahoo is a must-read.

Yahoo’s Life – Already Irrelevant?

At the huge CES event in Las Vegas yesterday Yahoo revealed further information about their next step into social networks. Michael Arrington has a good overview: Here Comes Yahoo Live, I Mean Yahoo Life. Basically it’s some kind of mashup between Yahoo Mail and Maps with some third-party widget exposure/access built in.

The problem for Yahoo, as far as I can tell, is that piecemeal things like this are simply not comprehensive enough for anyone to really take them seriously. Yahoo already has a lot of great elements that it could leverage into a social media strategy, and the fact that they aren’t even at the table (as far as anyone can tell) indicates simply that Yahoo is either a) hedging their bets far more than they should, or b) too siloed an organization to pull its own pieces together effectively. Either way, they won’t likely achieve a whole lot until they solve one problem or the other.

In other words, Flickr is smaller than Facebook and MySpace, but nevertheless it is still one of the best-of-breed social networks on the web, and until Yahoo can demonstrate that it can (and will) marshal its own properties, their social network strategy is likely to be a disappointment.

The cover of Newsweek

this week features Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield and they have published a pretty good article related to Flickr and the whole “Web 2.0″ phenomenon: The New Wisdom of the Web.

At the Social Software Weblog

I found (well, plasticbag.org found it and then I went and read it too) the first intelligent, non-reactionary response to the Flickr/Yahoo sign-in flap: Flickr and Yahoo: please support open identity standards.

I still wonder where the FAQ is about the change…

Rafe Colburn:

Flickr and your wine collection. Take a snap of the label and comment on wines that you drink to jog your memory later.

Boris suggests

that people promote awareness of Creative Commons licensing options in Flickr. I agree with him in principle – but there’s a problem. As far as I can tell, a US CC license on Canadian-origin content is probably invalid, in particular since there are CC Canada licenses available. Should Flickr (and Six Apart and others) not provide international customers with an equal opportunity to add such a license?
Update: Anil Dash commented that Six Apart has added such support to Movable Type 3.2.

The rumour mill was right:

Flickr has been acquired by Yahoo. I bet a lot of people are going to be negative about this, but not me. I prefer a wait and see approach. But I will say that I bet Aaron never imagined he’d work for Yahoo!

Amazing Flickr coincidence story

on the FlickrBlog today. A guy went to Tokyo and took a photo of a woman who was herself shooting a photo of a street scene and posted it on Flickr. Someone who knew the woman informed her and she signed up for Flickr and posted the shot SHE was taking, already immortalized by the first guy.

Check this out:

Technorati Tags. Technorati now allows you to search for tags, and responds with appropriately tagged items from Flickr, del.icio.us and with Technorati itself. Amazing stuff.

Nadia has been painting!

Chelsea, acrylique sur toile, 24" X 30"

This piece, called Chelsea (acrylic on canvas, 24″ X 30″), is but one example of the kind of thing she’s been working on.