The Flickr-Facebook Login: Zucker-Borg Will Assimilate Them Soon

From Mark Zucker-borg to Flickr: “You will be assimilated. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile.”

There are times when one must accept that they are defeated and salvage what they can by integrating with their bitter rival. Such seems to be the case for Flickr, who today announced that they will be allowing users to login or join using their Facebook ID. The end is near for their sovereignty and status as a unique Yahoo! product.

Facebook is their biggest competitor. They have gone from being a place to dump photos to being a place to share photos. Facebook may not do it better than them, but being the 8-billion-ton gorilla in the social media room, they can definitely do it more than Flickr. People want to share photos where their friends and family are. Some are on Flickr. All are on Facebook.

Not-So-Bold-Prediction: Yahoo! will sell Flickr to either Facebook (likely) or Google (longshot) by 2012. As a standalone product without the support of being an additional service to other neat features, Flickr cannot compete. This is the first step towards Flickr becoming little-more than an extremely popular app on Facebook or whatever Google cooks up this year.

It fills a couple of needs, particularly the Facebook-purchase scenario. Facebook may be where the people are, but their photo-sharing feature is average at best. It has amazing tagging features, but the resolution is weaker and the features are fewer. Flickr really does have a strong product, they just don’t have the eyeballs or members to compete with Facebook.

Combining the two makes sense for both.

17 thoughts on “The Flickr-Facebook Login: Zucker-Borg Will Assimilate Them Soon”

  1. FACLC says:

    Flickr stopped being my source to post photos when I reached my limit and was told either my older pictures could be deleted or I could pay them money.

    Or…migrate to Facebook.

  2. JD Rucker says:

    That’s a good point, @faclc. They seem to have missed the whole “revenue model” thing by going after our pocket books rather than other sources. I’m sure Facebook will fix that.

  3. Adam says:

    You guys are retarded. Flickr has been around for ages, and has been completely successful by all accounts.

    $25/year is hardly missing a “revenue model” for a fantastic service with great customer interaction. If you can’t afford $25 a year, it’s no wonder our economy stays in the dumps.

  4. stoiQ says:

    Asking for money for a premium account while providing a decent free service? How dare they. If you want to share 200 photos for a free, or unlimited storage, unrestricted image sizes with collection/sets organization for a reasonable yearly fee, Flickr is great. If you just want to picture dump for free but with restrictions, better stick with Facebook.

  5. David Wassermann says:

    I’d rather pay $25 to post my photos on Flickr and be assured to potentially view/get viewed by millions (limitless excellent work) than post free on Facebook but be confined to my brain dead group of ‘friends’. Please Yahoo! sell Flickr to Google or Microsoft for they’ll keep it open.
    On Facebook people post pictures while on Flickr people post photography. Facebook is draining the internets creative spots of traffic and it does not add much to it. Did I tell you how much I hate to be confined to ‘friends’ and ‘likes’ ?

  6. monkey says:

    What motivation would facebook have for buying flickr? Users? Money? They don’t need their technology or their specialized users. The opportunity cost of supporting a user-paying infrastructure is vastly different from their expertise. Your prediction doesn’t encapsulate why users upload a years worth of flickr photos in a week to facebook.

  7. flickrpro says:

    If facebook buys flickr, i’ll drop my premium account and delete all my pictures! There ARE OTHER OPTIONS! I don’t want a changing interface, or TOS every 6 month! Its mine, I don’t want it used for ads, I don’t want MY RIGHTS, MY CONTENT, MY HARD WORK taken away from ME. As was said above, Flickr is used for photography not amateur family photos! Did I mention I like my Flickr stats? If Marc has his way, he’ll not share that, as he’ll be too busy trying to make a buck off me, even though I’ve already paid him for the privilege to store and view my work from flickr servers!
    NOOOOOO! This must be Stopped before it can start!

  8. Mark says:

    So will someone be able to view my flickr collection from within my facebook profile? Otherwise there is no point to simply allow login with facebook account. Will flickrs service power all the picture section of my profile? Also flickr only allows one(?) grouping of photos on free accounts, that will also have to change.

  9. Nicole says:

    Resistance is Futile

  10. abhishek says:

    hwr u buddy………where u live…….is facebook delet after sometime is it correct………….

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  12. Régis says:

    I just don’t agree with this prediction. Google already has Picasa; buying flickr would not bring any more revenue. Facebook would also destroy the value of flickr if they bought it.
    And as other commenters already mentioned it, flickr business model is perfectly clear, and paying account provide great value; it’s the leader in photo sharing, in my opinion.

    Now, the fact that flickr accepts Facebook Connect is a deception for OpenID. By the way, should I mention that you can use your Google account to log into flickr? (thanks to OpenID)

  13. Mark says:

    f**k. Flickr is an amazing venue for photography, now we’ll just see it cluttered up with collections of drunken Duckfacing and JerseyShore gatherings.

  14. Nicole says:

    So will someone be able to view my flickr collection from within my facebook profile? Otherwise there is no point to simply allow login with facebook account. Will flickrs service power all the picture section of my profile? Also flickr only allows one(?) grouping of photos on free accounts, that will also have to change.

  15. Heather Buckley says:

    Very interesting, here are some reasons why you should use Flickr to publicise your photography, I thought you would find this a useful read.

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