Head of Flickr Bails: Another Reason Why Facebook Should Buy Them

Matthew Rothenberg, the man who most believed ran Flickr for Yahoo!, announced his departure in a Tweet today. He was there when before Yahoo! bought it and he was the last leader in the company to remain.

While Yahoo! said in a press release that it was a “personal decision,” there is speculation that Rothenberg and others are leaving Yahoo! properties because of the future of the company. With so many services entering into the realm of their “sunset” at Yahoo!, who could blame them?

 

Why Facebook Should Buy Them

Clearly, Flickr has its flaws. Facebook has its limitations. Adding Flickr into the collective can make both stronger.

There is already a strong Facebook integration that allows logins and cross-posting. Why not make it official? If the only social site that actually grew under Yahoo! is having troubles, preserving the service through Facebook would be a win-win.

Facebook would get the much-needed quality improvement to their image interface. For many, it works because it’s all they know. The versatility, sizing, and sharing options on Flickr make it an ideal choice as a premium service to enhance or eventually replace the current method of photo-sharing that Facebook employs.

The HD upload feature on Facebook is quirky at best. Flickr isn’t perfect, but it’s much better and brings with it a batch of users who may or may not already be using Facebook.

For Flickr, the need is clear. They are already starting to lose to Facebook in the photo-sharing realm and services attached to Twitter make it easier to share and upload on that platform. Fans of Flickr are avid but dwindling. The writing is on the wall – if they don’t adapt and improve they will be crushed under the weight of the more diverse social sites.

At Yahoo!, chances are slim that they will adapt and it’s nearly impossible for them to improve. Facebook, please step in.

Written by Rocco Penn

A tech blogger, social media analyst, and general promoter of all things positive in the world. "Bring it. I'm ready." Find me on Media Caffeine, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
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  • Anonymous

    lol, is there ANY loyalty at all in Silicon Valley? Apparently not!

  • Spike55151

    I’ll dump my 6-year old Flickr account the second Facebook takes over.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X3SVOVHU6JFIM5FZH7H7OG64NY DominicP

    et tu flickr? Say it ain’t so!

  • http://twitter.com/arakrune norm pattison

    will seek a new photo accounts the moment facebook buys it
    i would have no wish continuing to use filckr if such a deal happened
    facebook and google are kings of online right now and if i had to choose i would choose google over facebook.
    Fb has become the new aol/yahoo and are starting to do what they did i.e. reach too far and in that gobble up good ideas and sites and then vinillafy them or re-configure them into pitifull shadows of them former selves
    its a bit disturbing