But...what about Flickr?
September 9, 2005 12:22 PM   Subscribe

Shutterbook - "drag and drop photo sharing." A flash-based Flickr-esque photo community..."The service is similar to Flickr before Yahoo and while it is in an open beta at the moment, there will be a cost for the premium version..."
posted by tpl1212 (22 comments total)
My take: I'll stick to Flickr, thanks. As a friend says, "it's like if Flickr made you use the Organizr"
posted by tpl1212 at 12:23 PM on September 9, 2005

So, any reason to switch to this besides OMG YAHOO TEH SUXORS THEIR LOGIN PEEPEE!
posted by selfnoise at 12:34 PM on September 9, 2005

The service is similar to Flickr before Yahoo

Which is to say it's similar to Flickr after Yahoo?
posted by mendel at 12:38 PM on September 9, 2005

my first impression: sloooooooooooooooooooooooow.
posted by geeky at 12:49 PM on September 9, 2005

"Online Photo Sharing Like Never Before."

posted by Elmore at 12:53 PM on September 9, 2005


Is this supposed to be a feature? I was so glad when flickr switched away from flash and improved their load times by a magnitude.
posted by gyc at 1:02 PM on September 9, 2005

just to get along with the flash crowd, yes it's cool.

Probably made by these people: http://www.teknision.com/siteVersions/tek2/

But maybe not. I dunno.
posted by jsavimbi at 1:09 PM on September 9, 2005

it's like if Flickr made you use the Organizr

Hee. Spot on. It's pretty enough, but that 'One moment please...' would get irritating, fast.
posted by jack_mo at 1:39 PM on September 9, 2005

Oh so slow...........plus I'd have to move all my pics from Shutterfly, which has suited me fine for two years.
posted by MetaJohn at 1:43 PM on September 9, 2005

No thanks. I like to get my photos of fraternity mooks cradling a pilsner or narccisstic mirror photo junkies in one place. I'll stick with Flickr until it implodes from the Great Yahoo Disaster 2005™.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:13 PM on September 9, 2005

Flickr's API is what makes Flickr great. It allows people to extend it, write tools for it, play with it. If I need to add a feature to Flickr, I can do so myself, extraordinarily easily, often in only 3 or 4 lines of code, for simple things; the API is both astoundingly rich and easy to use.

(I'm still completely in the dark as to what people's problem with Yahoo owning them is.)
posted by dmd at 3:47 PM on September 9, 2005

And by "them", I didn't mean...
posted by dmd at 3:48 PM on September 9, 2005

The "OMG WHAT YAHOO NO WAY" people really piss me off. Granted, I joined after the Yahoo thing happened, but seriously. The only change being the words you type in once a month when you accidentally erase your browser cookies? Puh-leeze.

dmd: I'm actually just starting to write a completely awesome Flickr tool for iPhoto...when/if it's done it'll let you completely sync an iPhoto library with Flickr, as well as preserving some Flickr-only metadata just for kicks (I know you may not use iPhoto, I mention this because the API allows people like me to do this, and it's awesome).
posted by cyrusdogstar at 5:57 PM on September 9, 2005

cyrusdogstar, that sounds awesome, could you share when it's finished?
posted by jmgorman at 6:18 PM on September 9, 2005

No thanks, I'll take zoto.com (found in this AskMe thread).
posted by blendor at 7:03 PM on September 9, 2005

I'll take zombo.com myself. After all, you can do anything at zombo.com.

posted by dmd at 7:21 PM on September 9, 2005

jmgorman: I certainly would, I just have to write it first :D (I've already done some basic testing using Python plus the Flickr API plus iPhoto's AppleScript capabilities)

If it ends up being as awesome as my ideas for it are, I imagine it will find its way onto the Flickr tools page like Speirs' FlickrExport has. FE rocks, by the way, so until my tool encompasses its functionality (which it has to for reasons I won't go into here) I highly recommend it.
posted by cyrusdogstar at 7:46 PM on September 9, 2005

yeah, I use FE, I just liked the idea of wholesale import. Good luck.
posted by jmgorman at 8:21 PM on September 9, 2005

I think some people's problems with Yahoo stem from seeing what Yahoo did to geocities and e-groups. Also, speaking from personal experience, Yahoo has "lost" my password twice, and it took forever and all kinds of special connections just to get them to re-establish my account. If I didn't know Ernie, I'd have been forced to create a new account every time they misplaced/arbitrarily changed my user info.

But that's just me. That's why I really, really don't want to tie my 900+ photos to Yahoo, and have to re-upload them, the tags, captions, titles, etc. all over again. Because it's Yahoo; they never came up with a reason for it in the past, so it's inevitable that it's going to happen again.

That said, I'm going to stick with Flickr as long as possible, because it's the best thing going so far.
posted by Poagao at 10:26 PM on September 9, 2005

Shutterbook allows non-members to view private photos by password access, which Flickr, for some mysterious reason, does not.

I'm tempted to jump from Flickr to Shutterbook for that reason alone. We'll give it a bit and see what happens.
posted by showmethecalvino at 1:50 AM on September 10, 2005

"Probably made by these people: http://www.teknision.com/siteVersions/tek2/"

nope. it wasn't. because i'm 1/2 of what made it.
posted by aenemated at 3:35 AM on September 10, 2005

Flickr allows non-members to view private photos by password access as well.

Actually, it's a bug. ANYONE can view private photos, without a password, if you know the direct URL to the image in question (which isn't trivial to determine, so that's not as horrible as it sounds!).

What that means, though, is that it's trivial to build an external service, using the API, that will provide this feature. You can then generate passwords for individual photos and share just those photos. The application would retrieve the Shared Secret for that photo and pass along the URL.
posted by dmd at 8:59 AM on September 10, 2005

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