Flickr Frontman And Product Head Matthew Rothenberg Quits Flickr

The last couple of years have been quite eventful for the folks at Yahoo.

First, they locked down Geocities during October 2009, followed by employees being laid off the next year. Shortly came the news that Delicious might just shut down as well, which was then explained as an idea of changing handsand not let the service die on it’s own.

Oh and the company also have a visitor tracking community system or something called MyBlogLog which is also going to shut down in May24 2011.

But wait, there must be something in the middle. Flickr Head of Product Matthew Rothenberg has recently announced that he will be leaving Flickr shortly.

Here is what the tweet reads:

Here goes: after 5 years, I will be stepping away from Flickr. Will miss working with such a talented, hard-working, and hard-drinking team.


As it turns out, Yahoo will lose yet another loyal employee who has been working as product head of Flickr for the last 5 years. This is the third departure in a row in the last couple of years, the earlier resignations were signed by Flickr Co founders Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake in 2008.

Flickr has been under fire for quite some time now. With the growing popularity of other photo sharing and community websites like Facebook, it’s no wonder that Flickr is unable to generate the attentionand continue it’s growth in numbers, interest and popularity. Only last month, the company accidentally deleted thousands of photos of a Zurich based photoblogger, leaving his precious photo collection dead in internet space.

MG Siegler from Techcrunch has an official declaration from Yahoo, which reads:

Matthew Rothenberg has made the personal decision to move on to a new endeavor.   In the interim, Markus Spiering will be stepping in as head of product management. Flickr continues to have an innovative, energetic and creative leadership team that is dedicated to its community of members. Flickr remains a key priority for Yahoo! and we are fully committed to making it the best photo-sharing experience on the Web.

Don’t get busy backing up all your Flickr photos yet – they will remain alive for some time, I guess.

Flickr Deletes Photoblogger Mirco Wilhelm’s Photos and Can’t Get Them Back

Flickr has been known to be a reliable and popular service for storing photos. It is the best online photo management tool, has been used extensively and is one of the few Yahoo! services that users are still holding on to.


With these services, reliability is of utmost importance for users. The New Your Observer reports this as,

a Zurich-based photoblogger says Flickr deleted his account by mistake and lost his 4,000 photos. Mirco Wilhelm has the original files saved elsewhere, but the photos from his extensive Flickr collection had been linked to from all over the web, including the official Flickr blog.

This proves beyond doubt that the profile in question was indeed a major account and this will be a setback for Flickr as a photo management service. Wilhelm still has a backup copy of the images with him. However, all the comments to those images are irrecoverably gone and links to those images are all dead.

A few days ago, Wilhelm had received a support ticked after complaining about a user who stole his photos and posted them on his own account. In all probability, Flickr has deleted Wilhelm’s account instead of the other user.

Mr. Mirco Wilhelm had reacted in his blog post quoting the conversation that says,

Unfortunately, I have mixed up the accounts and accidentally deleted yours. I am terribly sorry for this grave error and hope that this mistake can be reconciled. Here is what I can do from here:

I can restore your account, although we will not be able to retrieve your photos. I know that there is a lot of history on your account-again, please accept my apology for my negligence. Once I restore your account, I will add four years of free Pro to make up for my error.

Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do.

Again, I am deeply sorry for this mistake.

Given that the Pro account costs 24.95 per year, a service like Flick should well understand the worth of five years of photography of such a high profile user and should give him a lifetime of free account.

Now Use Your Google Account To Signup For Flickr

Wait … what? I thought Flickr is a product by Yahoo?

The fact is that it still is and will continue to be so, but the good news is that today Flickr has embraced OpenID.   The photo sharing website now supports creating a new Flickr account using an existing Google account. Earlier today, they added a contact importer and now the Google account integration has been rolled out.

When you hit the “Create Your Account” link at the Flickr homepage, you will see a new option to sign up for Flickr using a Google account.

Clicking the “Google” button on the Flickr sign up page will open a small pop up window, simply sign in with your existing Google account and grant all the required permissions to Yahoo.

Hit the “Allow” button and you will be asked to choose a Flickr username and create your brand new Flickr account. There is no need to remember another password and sign up for a new Yahoo email ID,   just because you want a Flickr presence.

This is good news, both for users and Yahoo. On the user’s part, this is good because they need not essentially have a Yahoo ID in order to use Flickr. On Yahoo’s part, this will surely boost the audience and user base – lot’s of users will sign up for Flickr with their Google account because the entire step requires less than 5 minutes ( and no Yahoo ID !)

Existing Flickr users can still sign in with their Yahoo accounts as earlier, but the Flickr team is rolling out a new feature which will make signing in a lot more easier.You can now sign-in to your account without having to leave the page you were on, making it easier to post comments, favorite a photo or add someone as a new contact.

According to the Flickr blog, Google is their first partner while more email providers may be added soon.

Flickr Adds New Features, Lets You Import Contacts From Facebook, Gmail And More

Flickr, the photo sharing website by Yahoo has added some new features which allows you to import your Facebook, Gmail and Hotmail contacts in your Flickr account. Taking a hint from Twitter, Flickr also suggests users whom you may know.

To import existing contacts from Facebook, Hotmail and Gmail, go to the contact importer page and grant the required permissions.

This will load your existing Facebook friends who have a Flickr account and you can add them to your Flickr contact list one by one. The same procedure works with Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail contacts.

Once you have imported all the contacts, you will start seeing suggestions and people whom you may know. Contacts can be further categorized into different groups e.g Family, Friends and the friend suggestions are similar to that found in Facebook. You can dismiss a friend suggestion and Flickr will load a new Flickr profile, whom you may know.

There is another link called “Photos of Your Contacts” which shows the recent uploads by friends and people present in your contact list. You may further fine tune the page to see recent photos from different groups e.g friends, family members, co workers and so on.

If you are concerned regarding the privacy of your Flickr profile and do not want to be found in profile searches, head over to the privacy settings page and select the desired checkboxes. There are three settings which you can toggle:

  1. Hide or unhide your photos from site wide searches
  2. Hide your photos from searches on third party sites that uses the Flickr API
  3. Hide your profile from site wide searches and third party sites that uses the Flickr API

Hiding your profile like this will hide it from Flickr people searches, suggested contacts, from the find your friendsaddress book search and from people searches on 3rd party sites.

Currently, Flickr limits a maximum of 3000 non reciprocal contacts, which means you can add up to 3000 people to your Flickr contact list. However, there is no limit on the number of people who can add you to their contact list. More information is available on this FAQ page.

Queen Elizabeth Joins Flickr!

Queen Elizabeth, along with other members of the British royal family now have officially published photos on Flickr, the popular photo sharing website. An account created and maintained by Buckingham Palace staff would post photos belonging to the British monarchy going as far back as 1854.

Most of the images show past and present public  appearances  of members of the British family. More than 600 photos have instantly become available when the photo stream launched just a couple of days ago including an 1854 picture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert holding hands. Soon, images would also be organized by themes and each member of the royal family will get there own gallery.

However, joining Flickr would not be royal family’s first step towards embracing social media as they already have a YouTube presence and a Twitter account with 50,000 followers. Interestingly, the photos shared on Flickr will not be open to comments from the public but users will be able to share and embed those images on other websites.

FlickrPress: Display Flickr Photos On Your WordPress Blog

WordPress bloggers often need to integrate Flickr photos with their blog. There are a number of ways to do that but if you want to go the simple way, FlickrPress is a great option. It is a simple WordPress plugin that can be installed on any blog having WordPress version 2.6 or higher. Using FlickrPress you can display Flickr photos on your Sidebar, Footer and even your posts and pages.

Within the settings of the plugin, you can specify if you want to display photos from a specific RSS feed, a specific user, a photoset, photos filtered by tag or random photos. The thumbnails can be either large, proportional or square. It is a multi-widget which means the widget can be embedded more than once in your blog. You can even embed it more than once in the same post or page. The plugin uses the secure Flickr API and reduces server load by caching the data locally.



It supports the Lightbox feature and is based on the phpFlickr library. The plugin also allows you to add custom styling while displaying photos on your blog and specify the number of thumbnails you want to display at a time. The plugin can be downloaded here.

Spell With Flickr

spell with flickrSpell with Flickr is a web service which enables you to type in any text you wish to and then, matches each letter of that phrase/word with letter pictures right from Flickr.

spell with flickr

The letters that appear here are retrieved from images posted on the One Letter Flickr group. If you don’t like any of the images that appear, then you can just click on each individual image to change it. You can also try reloading the page to get a new graphic set of letters

Spell with flickr also provides with HTML code that you can copy and paste to any web page or blog.

This service can come handy to quickly make a heading for a web page and try alternate texts to suit your needs. It’s a nice little tool to play around with. Check out spell with flickr.

This service is free for use and does not require any registration for use.

Create a Custom Album From Facebook, Flickr and Picasa Photos

Our digital life is scattered over many platforms. This is specially true when it comes to photos; some are on Facebook, some are on Picasa and some of them are on a hard drive. Pixable is a great web app that lets you create custom albums by combining photos from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and your computer.

Once you sign in to Pixable with your Facebook account, it will show you all your Facebook albums and even photos of your friends that are publicly available. You don’t have to select complete albums, you can just pick and choose the photos you want. Similarly, you can select photos from your Flickr and Picasa account and also upload images from your hard drive.

You can also choose a theme for your album, such as Christmas or floral, and invite other Facebook users to contribute to your album. Once created, you can save your album to Pixable, share it with your friends on Facebook, email it to your friends, post it to your Facebook feeds or even order a physical album for a very low price.

Pixable can also be used to create photobook calendars. Right now Pixable is offering a lot of amazing Christmas themes for albums and calendars.

Download Flickr Photos to Your Desktop with Bulkr

After telling you about a tool to download public albums from Picasa on your desktop, here is another tool which will allow you to download bulk Flickr photos to your desktop.


Bulkr is an application based on which will allow you to download up-to 200 photos from Flickr at a time. You can download Flickr photos from your stream, your favorites, Flickr search and any other user’s photo stream. If you are interested in more Flickr tools, you might want to checkout an app which will allow you to access Flickr from Windows Explorer and Flickroom: An excellent app for Flickr.

Download Bulkr