How Yahoo killed Flickr and lost the internet

A brilliant writeup from Gizmodo on how Yahoo lost its way with Flickr.

One of Yahoo’s goals was to move from a system of notice and take-down, to pre-screening all the content members posted before it went up online. Flickr saw this as both a costly time-consuming task and one that could very well violate its members privacy, especially when talking about private photos.

The Flickr team scheduled a meeting and headed down to corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale for an hour long presentation to make its case. Halfway through the meeting, the vice president who oversaw customer care for Yahoo looked at his watch, announced he had another meeting, and left. It was an open fuck you.