Flickr is a photo sharing site only differentiated from the herd by its rather trendy tag and social
element. Ask.com on the other hand is a search engine that, once the rather dumb Jeeves element is ditched,
could be a player.
In other words, the Flickr acquisition is trendy while the Ask.com buyout makes sense, as long as the
technology is built upon and the dull marketing is sorted.
Heh! Not sure about your Flickr analysis there, Steve. It’s utterly beloved by bloggers and geeks, and thus has the definite whiff of Google about it.
But, of course, you’re ultimately right. Social interaction, and finding out about other people with similar interests to yourself, is a passing fad that will surely die out just as soon as, oh, I don’t know… humans are wiped off the face of the planet.
There is also the fact that Flickr seems to be getting kudos for its strong emphasis on making the user interface simple, useful, and attractive. I think a little company called Apple had some success with that on a niche device called the iPod.
Crikey, I’m in a bitchy mood aren’t I? Sorry, I’ve never even used Flickr. But I wouldn’t write it off just yet.
Oooh, Charlie also makes the good point about openness in his article. The geeks of the world, together, wield the power to make some pretty useful stuff. Firefox? Started via money from AOL, granted, but the geeks made that, just for the fun of doing it.