Happy 8th Birthday to Flickr
“Yay! The gates are open and welcome Flickr testers. We are now in what is considered our preview release 1 of public beta. We’ll be fixing bugs, monitoring scaling issues on the back end, and adding a few features before going into preview release 2. Then we’ll go into preview release 3 and then when that’s good to go the beta period will be officially over.” February 10, 2004.
Today is Flickr’s 8th Birthday. Whatever you may or may not think of the service today, without a doubt Flickr pioneered social photography.
I joined Flickr during year one in August of 2004, shortly after it was launched to the public. What I found there was more than just a place to host my photos, I found a vibrant community full of great photographers who were willing and eager to engage with each other through the site. I found an audience that appreciated creativity and the ability for us to come together and share art in mostly a non-commercial setting.
The photo above was taken at Flickr’s 2nd Birthday party in San Francisco. Since Flickr’s launch, social photography has flourished on the web in so many different ways and in so many different places. I’ve been fortunate to have benefited tremendously from that over the years.
Happy Birthday to Flickr.