BBC News on Zooomr

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Darren Waters, editor of the BBC New’s technology index, has a nice blog post out on Zooomr.

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  1. Iam says:

    Thomas,

    I noticed that you still are not answering questions about:

    – Your position and current place in Zooomr as a company, CEO, Evangelist, or simply a user?

    – Your stand on Zooomr limiting file upload sizes, something that Zooomr and yourself have condemned other sites for doing.

  2. Iam, what do you want Thomas to say?

    We had a DOS attack on Zooomr using HUGE ISOs. We asked our community what they thought the appropriate size would be to cap uploads at (15MB, which is 5MB larger than flickr, etc) and set it to just that.

    Our stance is, the more you can do, the better. We had to limit upload sizes to 15MBs for now, but remember that Zooomr doesn’t have any storage limits whatsoever.

    Upload as much as you like, so long as you’re not uploading huge files that aren’t photos 😉 And again, we hope to remove this cap soon.

    So, instead of asking us questions you could search on google, how about better questions like, “How can I help you guys make Zooomr even better?” — Zooomr is a community of awesome people trying to do and share awesome things with others. All we ask is for support.

    Thanks for writing,

    kristopher tate
    http://zooomr.com/kristopher/

  3. Iam says:

    “Iam, what do you want Thomas to say?”

    I want Thomas to answer the question and to not get another of Kristopher’s PR comment to answer for him. I didn’t ask WHY it happened, I asked where Thomas stood on the matter after all the gloating last year.

    But thanks for playing.

    As for your comments, surely there is a better way to deal with the DOS attacks than to punish the users? Yes, 5MB more than Flickr, hooray. But cameras have gone up over 6MP since then, so what good does that do?

    Also, people have been telling you for the better part of a year “how to make Zooomr better” but it seems that unless the idea is your’s or one that will get you some attention, it doesn’t matter, or isn’t a good idea.

    I took your advice and used Google to educate myself, this is what I came up with.

    http://blog.zooomr.com/2007/03/18/zooomr-mark-iii-update-five-a-must-read/

    Cheers.

  4. Thomas Hawk says:

    – Your position and current place in Zooomr as a company, CEO, Evangelist, or simply a user?

    All three. I’ve actually addressed this before in other places.

    – Your stand on Zooomr limiting file upload sizes, something that Zooomr and yourself have condemned other sites for doing.

    Zooomr’s new file size limit of 15MB (which is more than any photo sharing site that I know of) was necessary to prevent DOS attacks against the site.

    Maybe it will become more permanent, maybe over time it will be pushed higher or eliminated entirely, who knows. Zooomr does the best we can with far more limited resources (including things like big staffs of engineers, VC money and corporate funding). But the bottom line is that still, even with fewer resources, the site still allows greater photo size uploads than most of the other photo sharing sites out there.

    I think the latest step with Zooomr 2008 is a big step forward — lots of improvements were made to the site. I’ll take that and site stability over larger than 15MB upload sizes.

    Would I rather have a Zooomr that limits photo sizes to 15MB for the time being, but have the site up and operational and not down and offline? Sure, any day of the week.

  5. Celine says:

    It’s great to see Zooomr getting more coverage, especially on an international level. Zooomr 2008 feels very solid to me (and believe me, I give it a workout every day 😉 ), and the new features are great… not to mention, Kristopher keeps adding more all the time.