The saying, “there’s in fact an app for that” has become a tired cliché, but this ultimately comes from how true such a statement is.
In this age of mobile gadgets that can do just about anything an older, larger version could do, one thing that has suffered (in my humble opinion) is photography. There are those that say that the abundance of photographs being taken and shared is more than a fair tradeoff for the lowered quality and attention to detail that once made taking a photograph and showing it something that didn’t require a charged battery, but I still miss the wonderful results of a properly taken, developed, and positioned photograph.
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.
Technically speaking, Flickr IS a social media site.
You share images and videos (yes, you can share videos there, in case you hadn’t heard) and allow people to share and comment on them, so Flickr fits into the minimum criteria for being considered a social media site. With that out of the way, why is the site designed to do this: