Posts Tagged ‘flickr’

Flickr’s New Head Used to Be a National Geographic Wildlife Photographer

Yahoo made some management moves a couple of weeks ago, with VP Adam Cahan becoming head of the company’s mobile endeavors and its photo-sharing service, Flickr. Cahan was previously the founder and CEO of IntoNow, a 12-week-old company that Yahoo acquired last year for $20 to $30 million.
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Shooting High-Speed Water Drop Photos From Start to Finish

Over the past couple of years, German photographer Markus Reugels has attracted quite a bit of attention for his high-speed photographs of water drop splashes. His project, titled “Liquid Splashes”, consists of split-second photos that make colorful splashes look like tiny glass sculptures hovering in the air above a mirror. In the video above, Reugels introduces himself and his work, and takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour showing how he goes about creating his beautiful photographs.
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Yahoo Sees Stock Jump After Earnings Call, is Enthusiastic About Flickr

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer held her first earnings call yesterday, and it appears that stockholders were pleased with the company’s latest quarter figures: the stock price has been soaring since then. Among the areas that Yahoo sees promise in are Flickr and mobile, as well as a combination of the two.
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Mayer to Lay Out Game Plan for Yahoo, Will Show Flickr Some Love

Good news, Flickr fans: new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is paying attention to your service, and is planning to make it a big part of her plans to turn the company around. Mayer will be holding her first “all hands” meeting tomorrow, during which she will reveal her plans on how to fix the beleaguered web pioneer. Among these plans are an emphasis on user experience over advertising revenue and special attention given to Flickr. Kara Swisher of AllThingsD writes,

It’s all based around learning technology that Yahoo has been working on called CORE, or Content Optimization and Relevance Engine. There will be lots of linking out and an attempt to make Yahoo more of a platform for others to develop on top of.

It’s a little Facebook-like, said several sources, but more focused on content and other products that differentiate Yahoo. Mayer has decided to back 10 key arenas, such as its powerful Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports sites, as well as its Flickr photo offering.

[...] In addition, Mayer has already ordered the removal of some ads from both Yahoo’s email service and also its home page, cutting them back to improve the consumer experience. That’s a dicey move since Yahoo makes a big chunk of change from those ads, especially on the home page.

It seems like Mayer is paying heed to the Internet’s polite request for her to “please make Flickr awesome again.”

(via Engadget)

Instagram Grew 1179% in the 6 Months Since Being Acquired by Facebook

Zuckerberg’s crazy $1 billion purchase of Instagram 6 months ago is now looking like a steal. BusinessInsider writes that the photo sharing app, which ended up costing just $735 million when the deal finally closed, has seen meteoric growth since the purchase agreement was made:

Mark Zuckerberg did a lot of things wrong during the first half of 2012, leading up to and through Facebook’s few months as a public company. One thing he did well was buy Instagram for $1 billion. It turns out that was a bargain.

Back then, the photo-sharing app for Android phones and iPhones had 860,000 daily active users. Today it has 11 million. That is 1179% growth in six months.

They also point out that photo sharing site Pinterest, which has far less users, has in recent months turned down acquisition offers of over $2 billion. Instagram has 30.3 million monthly users, and just passed the 100 million registered users mark. These astronomical prices being thrown around make Yahoo’s $35 million — the rumored figure — purchase of Flickr look like an absolute steal. Too bad they haven’t been able to do much with the service so far.

Zuckerberg’s Huge Win: Instagram Proves To Be A Bargain At $1 Billion [Business Insider]

Flickr Gives Its Android App a Refresh with New UI and Features

Flickr’s Android app is almost one year old now, and the service is getting it ready for its birthday by pushing out an update with a fresh UI and new features. Version 1.5 introduces a new navigation menu, new explore features, metadata editing, new camera options, and more.
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Yahoo Reportedly Looking for a New Flickr Head via Acqui-Hire

Remember that new Flickr account we reported on yesterday that appeared to be owned by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer? Turns out it actually wasn’t her, and was quickly taken down after becoming a big story in the blogosphere.

TechCrunch reports that Mayer actually does have a Flickr account — one that’s set to private.
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New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Now on Flickr, Reportedly Doubles Team

Update: The account has mysteriously vanished from Flickr. This suggests that it was either fake, or something that wasn’t meant to be as big of a news story as it was.


If you’re a fan of Flickr, then you’ll be happy to know that new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has apparently created an account on the photo sharing service. Granted, the page only features a single portrait of Mayer from her days as a Google exec, but it’s an important first step. Neither of Mayer’s two predecessors (Scott Thompson or Carol Bartz) bothered to join the service.
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Scientist Discovers New Insect Species While Browsing Flickr Photos

California-based entomologist Shaun Winterton was browsing Flickr back in May 2011, when he discovered a new species of insect.

That’s right: he made a scientific discovery by simply looking at pictures online.
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Flickr Responds to “Dear Marissa Mayer”

Hey Internet… Flickr heard your plea for improvement and has responded with its own standalone page titled “Dear Internet“. The page is an open invitation to the Internet to help make the service better by applying for a job. We hear the site is looking to expand, and is looking for new rockstar employees to help it do so.

Dear Internet (via Wired)


P.S. Apparently Marissa Mayer will be getting paid $71 million for her help in reviving Yahoo. To put that into perspective, Flickr was purchased for $35 million back in the mid 2000s.