Dear Flickr…

Dear Flickr,
I got your e-mail. I even finally begrudgingly merged my account even though I really did not want to do so. I was going to keep quiet, but Mr. Brown chimed in,I knew that I was not alone.
Us old skool fogies really are not too happy with this whole merging. While we’re happy that Flickr has a new home with daddy Yahoo, there’s a number of us that don’t use our Yahoo accounts and really couldn’t care less to use them. By forcing us to use them, you show us that you really don’t don’t care that we’ve been long time friends. Believe me when I say that if you allow an old skool login to continue, I will be the first to “unmerge” my account. I’m sure there are countless others out there that would agree.
Nothing against Yahoo, but some of us really just don’t use your services. The whole merging of accounts leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Almost tastes like old skool forums that you could only get on AOL or Compuserve but no where else.
We love your product, and we continue to use it because we believe in it. But the whole “if you’re reading this, you’ve been around for a while and that means a lot to us” is one huge crock. I’m with Mr. Brown. Try as I may, I also don’t feel the love.
Regards,
darkmoon
O.S.F.B.U.C. (Old Skool Flickr beta Users Club)
UPDATE (1/31 11:49AM): Thomas Hawk weighs in with those that are also pissed off with the change.
UPDATE (2/1 10:31AM): Pal Dave Slusher from EGC weighs in with some more by Bruce Sterling from Wired.
UPDATE (2/1 11:30AM): Pals from Forevergeek chime in on the subject too.

  • as an old flickr user who merged last year: who_cares.
    seriously, why give a shit? flickr is sitting on yahoo servers and now you simply change your log-in, not your username.
    ???

  • as an old flickr user who merged last year: who_cares.
    seriously, why give a shit? flickr is sitting on yahoo servers and now you simply change your log-in, not your username.
    ???

  • Sorry dude,
    I’m with sean on this one… who cares? It’s just a login that honestly can only cause SLIGHT indigestion to remember a new one. You don’t have to use any of the other Yahoo! services… seriously, you don’t. But those who do will get way more benefit than the indigestion that you seem to experience.
    It just makes sense and complaining isn’t going to change anything. So quit whining.

  • Sorry dude,
    I’m with sean on this one… who cares? It’s just a login that honestly can only cause SLIGHT indigestion to remember a new one. You don’t have to use any of the other Yahoo! services… seriously, you don’t. But those who do will get way more benefit than the indigestion that you seem to experience.
    It just makes sense and complaining isn’t going to change anything. So quit whining.

  • It’s still annoying.
    Here goes. If they cared, then don’t write the e-mail the way they did.
    And why does anyone have a blog? To complain. Give me a break. Sean complains about the administration. You think they give a shit? You complain about Vista. Yet, you’re still bound to use it. And I surely don’t see Microsoft changing anything. I can make the same comments for every opinion thing anyone else writes about.
    Slight indigestion. Complaining isn’t going to change anything. Quit whining. yada yada.
    You like to roll over when someone tells you? Fine. It’s not my style. Complete annoyance.

  • darkmoon

    It’s still annoying.
    Here goes. If they cared, then don’t write the e-mail the way they did.
    And why does anyone have a blog? To complain. Give me a break. Sean complains about the administration. You think they give a shit? You complain about Vista. Yet, you’re still bound to use it. And I surely don’t see Microsoft changing anything. I can make the same comments for every opinion thing anyone else writes about.
    Slight indigestion. Complaining isn’t going to change anything. Quit whining. yada yada.
    You like to roll over when someone tells you? Fine. It’s not my style. Complete annoyance.

  • Get over it.

  • Get over it.

  • feel free to call me on my complaints of this war and administration, dude.

  • feel free to call me on my complaints of this war and administration, dude.

  • Again, totally missing the point.
    So I’ll reiterate:
    What I find important, might not be to you. Just as perhaps some people don’t care about the war like you do. Or maybe no one cares if the county commissioners are duking it out. Or how about the homeless? Or the poor? Or the rich?
    So from this, I’m saying that those that say it’s not a big deal, sure it is. It detracts people from first adopting. Will this make me want to use something from those people again? ehh.. might not. Portal sites are terribly retarded. I can’t say the amount of time I spend relogging into portal sites due to some old accounts that I have.
    So moral of the story: if you belittle my complaints, then don’t expect me to think that yours have any more value than mine.
    Don’t like it, then don’t read it.

  • darkmoon

    Again, totally missing the point.
    So I’ll reiterate:
    What I find important, might not be to you. Just as perhaps some people don’t care about the war like you do. Or maybe no one cares if the county commissioners are duking it out. Or how about the homeless? Or the poor? Or the rich?
    So from this, I’m saying that those that say it’s not a big deal, sure it is. It detracts people from first adopting. Will this make me want to use something from those people again? ehh.. might not. Portal sites are terribly retarded. I can’t say the amount of time I spend relogging into portal sites due to some old accounts that I have.
    So moral of the story: if you belittle my complaints, then don’t expect me to think that yours have any more value than mine.
    Don’t like it, then don’t read it.

  • someone kick your dog, man? i’m not belittling your complaints, i just don’t get it.
    i’ve been *actively* using flickr *forever* and i merged my accounts sometime last year because, well shit, you have to login anyway, so why not through yahoo!?
    again, just my perspective.
    maybe you should turn off comments.

  • someone kick your dog, man? i’m not belittling your complaints, i just don’t get it.
    i’ve been *actively* using flickr *forever* and i merged my accounts sometime last year because, well shit, you have to login anyway, so why not through yahoo!?
    again, just my perspective.
    maybe you should turn off comments.