Flickr Changes Most Popular Page on the Site, Users Go Bonkers
Here’s a Flickr help forum thread 17 pages long as of this early a.m. mostly of people objecting to and complaining about changes that Flickr made yesterday to two of their most popular pages on the site.
Flickr’s Recent Activity is where you go to find out what kind of activity is happening on your photos. It’s probably the most viewed page by users in all of Flickr. It shows when people comment on or fave your photos.
Yesterday Flickr redesigned this page and added to it follow up comments to comments that you make on other people’s photos as well, notifications when you are added by someone as a contact and links to your Flickr stats pages.
This comment by Vincent’s Images is typical of many of the hundreds of comments left by users objecting:
“This just plain sucks!
The one piece of info that I really need is impossible to get – namely: new comments on my latest and not so late pictures.
Why take something that worked fine and mess with it ???
You’ve added a fifth wheel and taken away the steering wheel!
GO BACK do NOT collect $200 or my next $24 for that matter!”
Your new Flickr home page has also been redesigned including some of the same information. It’s the Recent Activity page though that people are more up in arms about.
Probably the single best thing that Flickr did with this redesign was introduce a FriendFeed like “hide” feature that you can begin selectively employing for some content. They call it “muting” though. You say tomato, I say tomato.
Muting is especially helpful when looking at comments you’ve made on others’ photos. Sometimes you might leave a generic comment on a photo like “cool shot.” You may not want to see the next 100 people that add their own “cool shot,” comments on that photo. Other times you might write a more substantial and even engaging comment. You might ask a question about a photo or engage the photographer in a dialog etc. Now you can selectively “hide” activity on photos that you don’t care to continue to track while more actively monitoring the photo conversations that you care about.
There is also now a link to the stats page as well as a stats section on the page for every photo. I’d guess that as cool as they are that the “stats” section on Flickr (read trackbacks) wasn’t really being used as much as Flickr hoped. By more prominently featuring stats on their most popular page this should increase both use and awareness of Flickr stats.
So despite all of the anti-change rhetoric from most people, what do I think of the new design? I like it. So far. It is a bit more confusing but I like that there are easy activity settings where you can customize the experience and I especially like the “hide” functionality that allows me to stop monitoring a photo that I might have made a comment on two years ago. I think it’s an improvement over the previous version of this page and a step forward which is always good to see.