Flickr used to be cool

It’s not any more.

Flickr was probably my favourite site online for a while. It was fun posting images. Commenting on photos made it a “social” Web 2.0 poster child.

But by now, 2009, it’s left itself behind. Features introduced by sites like Facebook and Twitter seem almost obligatory these days, but Flickr hasn’t caught up.

  1. It’s a photography site whose photos are only 500px wide. Ugh.
  2. You can’t tag friends in photos (such as Facebook).
  3. Your logged-in home page attempts to give you a “friend stream”, but it just doesn’t seem to work. A more genrealised “universal stream” might work better.

But is there a good alternative yet to Flickr? Nothing mainstream has emerged, anyway.