Flickr is still pretty wonderful. But it’s lovely in the same way a box of old photos you’ve stashed under the bed is. It’s an archive of nostalgia that you love dearly, on the rare occasion you stumble across it.

Excellent write up and should go down in the internet archives as a great lesson of what not to do. I especially connect with the idea that “Integration Is The Enemy of Innovation.” But I’m a last hold out that things might get better for both Flickr and Delicious. Call me delusional but I just have a huge personal archive in both of these services.

Many of my contacts’ entire photostreams are made up of Instagram photos. In other words they are mere duplicate streams—with fewer comments and activity—of content that exists in primary form elsewhere. The only reason they are active on Flickr at all is because they automatically export there.

Count me as duplicating my Instagram stream. But I have also uploaded a wider edit on Flickr BECAUSE of the fact there are less people on Flickr.

If you can’t beat laser cat, you probably deserve to die.

Funny line.

“When something like Instagram comes along that’s fun and easy for people to take shots that look like they come from a toy camera — Instamatics — we are really grateful,” he (Matthew Rothenberg, who heads Flickr) said. “Out of the door, all of these things upload to Flickr.”

Yeah… I auto publish my Instagram to Flickr. Though sometimes the image loses its context (when I check in and the location isn’t carried over).

With all this said, I still think it’s worth backing up your Flickr account and maybe explore export/import tools. You never know…