As Yahoo! circles the drain, its component parts are whirling around at comparable speeds, and Flickr, which they acquired in 2005, definitely appears to be tracing a similar spiral. Can it be saved? Geoff Livingston has some thoughts:
A lot depends on who buys Flickr. Doc Searls made an impassioned plea for Adobe to buy the social network, saying that Flickr was the best site for serious photographers.
And besides, Doc Searls has sixty thousand photos on Flickr. I’m almost embarrassed by my 159. But I haven’t left either, and neither has Geoff Livingston:
I’m not sure about the latter anymore, but I do believe Flickr still has value. I’m still there and still use it to house my library. I still get occasional media inquiries to use my pics from Flickr, too… The question is who will buy it? If Google or Facebook buys Flickr, I will be downloading all of my photos that day and closing my account. Warren Buffett would be more encouraging. At least you know Berkshire Hathaway would invest in the network again.
I shudder at the thought of Flickr being absorbed into Google Photos — or worse, into Instagram.
Now how do we persuade the Sage of Omaha to spend money on an Internet photo service? I mean, Flickr doesn’t sell insurance or anything like that.