Did Flickr Add the Yahoo Bug to The Flickr Logo To Quell Rumors That Yahoo Was About to Pull the Plug on Flickr?

Did Flickr Add the Yahoo Bug to The Flickr Logo To Quell Rumors That Yahoo Was About to Pull the Plug on Flickr?

Flickr and Yahoo sitting in a tree
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
First comes love, then comes marriage
Then comes WHAT THE HELL IS THAT GOD AWFUL LOOKING THING SITTING AT THE TOP OF MY FLICKR PAGE!!!!!!

TechCrunch has a report out on the new Flickr logo that showed up yesterday. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, Flickr tacked on “by Yahoo” at the top of every Flickr page. As you’d suspect, the Flickr Community pretty much unilaterally hates the move. You can read more Flickr Community reaction here in the help forum (where I’ve seemingly been permanently banned now, despite my letter to Yahoo! Marketing Exec Elise Steele on Monday).

From a design perspective the new logo looks pretty fugly. The colors clash and the Yahoo! part feels pixelated. I think whoever designed it did the scaling wrong on the Yahoo! part. Makes me wonder if someone at Flickr didn’t go out of their way to purposely make the new logo look bad as a sort of quiet protest against being made to add it on by their corporate parent.

In terms of why Yahoo! has done this, Heather Champ was the first Flickr employee to speak up officially, suggesting that Yahoo! did this to “quell those weird intermittent stories that bubble up that Yahoo! is on the verge of pulling the plug on the Flickrverse.”

Personally I follow Flickr pretty closely and haven’t heard any rumors like that, but I suppose that’s easier than saying that Yahoo! would like to smack you in the face with their branding every time you look at any page on Flickr. Feels a bit disingenuous to me though.

At least one ex Flickr employee Eric Costello seems to like the new logo piping in that he “loves it.” I have a feeling that Costello’s being sarcastic though. But maybe not. Costello also suggested that they change the logo to read Flickr loves Yahoo.

Another Flickr user suggested that maybe Yahoo! should change the new logo to Flickr(TM) by Yahoo(TM) with search powered by Bing(TM).

Me personally? I don’t really care one way or other. I just wish Flickr would tone down the censorship. It sort of sucks being permanently banned from the Flickr Help Forum and having secret hidden flags put on some of my images to bury them on the site. It feels sort of personal at this point. It also sucks when they delete your friend’s accounts from the site.

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11 Comments

  1. Ole says:

    I suggest you use Expono.com 🙂

  2. William Beem says:

    I agree with you that it sucks being banned from the Help forum. If Flickr staff are saying that discussions of censorship aren’t related to Help issues, then they need to create another Feedback forum for such discussions to take place. It’s unacceptable for them to say that a forum isn’t the proper venue, and then fail to provide a proper venue for customer feedback.

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  5. I figured they did to re-brand themselves. The new ceo seems to be cutting the fluff.

  6. It’s “from Yahoo” not “by Yahoo”.

  7. TranceMist says:

    > “secret hidden flags put on some of my images to bury them on the site.”

    Really? You should write about this!
    (I don’t recall seeing anything on this before)

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  10. Thomas Hawk says:

    TranceMist, I’ll probably have a post coming out on that at some point. I’ve been trying to interact with flickr via help mail requesting a list of all of my photos that are NIPSA’d (Not in Public Site Areas) but have been getting a similar run around via a similar amazingly incompetent string of emails myself. My case has supposedly been escalated at this point. We’ll see what they come back with.

    But basically Flickr has reviewed some of my photos as “safe” and has marked them as such but has flagged them so that they do not come up in search or other public areas on Flickr. They can’t be added to galleries or other ways that people use images on Flickr. At least the images I’ve been able to uncover as NIPSA’d typically contain critical written commentary of Flickr censorship practices.

    So they are essentially censoring imagery of mine objecting to their censorship. Only to my face they are labeling the photos as safe, leading me to believe that the photos are not being flagged when they have a hidden NIPSA flag on them that I or other Flickr users can’t see.

  11. Not sure if you have noticed, but the Flickr logo has been updated to only show the (R) from Yahoo bit on mouse over – otherwise it’s nice and clean and just says Flickr 🙂