My biggest gripe was the loss of integration with Picnik for photo editing (Picnik got bought by Google and merged with Google+, which, R.I.P., Picnik). But the whole infrastructure’s been stuck in neutral while other services caught up and then blew by, especially on the mobile platforms. I mean, I can’t view slide shows on my iPad because Flickr still relies on Flash for that. Egregious.
Here’s something: I’m on the road. I have my LX3, two cards, and my iPad with camera connection kit. By now (over two years into the iPad’s life and a year+ into its ubiquity), I should be able to slap a card into the camera connection kit and press one button that uploads the whole card to Flickr. Flickr makes doing anything from an iPad either a pain in the ass or not doable. It remains heavily reliant on flash, a behemoth groaning beneath the weight of its own bloat and hopefully nearing its death knell.
It’s not that Flickr’s gone, but it is currently irrelevant, and I don’t think that’s because Instagram or whatever else took its place or filled a Flickr-sized niche. People who still take photos with actual (non-phone) cameras still want a platform to store, organize and share images. Flickr’s current state of irrelevancy is a result of its having been left to languish on the vine by a company that had bigger fish to fry (here be mixed metaphors). And a bunch of die hards who feel abandoned are hoping Marissa Mayer notices them. I hope so, too.