December 28th, 2019 @ 11:05 am
i know i bitch about social media a lot on this site, i’m sorry! i hate that i am so helplessly stuck with bullshit apps and this new way of online socializing. it’s just that i really do miss using online social networking!
since the 90s, computers have always been a creative, therapeutic and social escape for me (and clearly, many others since every moron in the world is on shitbook). the modes in which we’ve switched in the last decade is so depressing. i feel like not only in technology, but our focus and attention goes just as quickly. we seem to just adopt and shrug things off now, like the fast fashion everyone seems to be bitching about.
ie: one of my close friends sharpens knives as a side hustle, and he is 1000000% accurate when he says people would rather just buy new knives, than deal with the hassle of sharpening them themselves (which my mother and her boyfriend both did while i was growing up) or finding someone to do it for them. in the 50s-70s/80s in NYC, there were trucks that drove around for sharpening services!
i got an email from flickr saying they’re basically going to shut down if people don’t consider paying for pro-accounts… so i wrote them and told them why i won’t. when yahoo acquired them years ago, the lady CEO FUCKEDDDDD up flickr so horribly. it was one of those instances where “if it aint broke, don’t fix it”, but she was trying so hard to make it fetch.
sure, old flickr’s UI was dated (i did not give a fuck, and i’m sure nobody else paying for it did, either), there was pagination (i REALLY did not give a fuck, it was actually helpful UX – why does everyone think infinite scrolling is THE ONLY WAY? FFFFFUUUUUUUU), there were smaller thumbnails (do we REALLY need to see almost the entire picture with mobile-friendly UX? NO.). this is an app for photographers that sit at their computers editing photos and then upload them… WHY WAS THERE A NEED TO PUSH FOR MOBILE-FIRST UX/UI????????
also – having to login through yahoo was REALLY fucking annoying.
the only way that i’m EVER paying for a pro-account again is if it’s rolled back or the UI/UX is changed… and you know nobody does that for their users anymore. so… #RIPFLICKR it was so much fun while it lasted. hopefully you’ll be situated between classic myspace and AIM in the internet graveyard.