Slowly but surely, I am migrating all my photos from Flickr to iPernity. I have been a Flickr Pro member since 2006, but the recent Yahoo redesign is unacceptable.
I’m usually not one to knock a redesign wholesale without testing it. I accept that there is always a learning curve and that we web users are often resistant to change. But the new Flickr UI is messy, unwieldy and un-navigable. Collections, one of the main reasons I became a paying subscriber, have been demoted to a hidden menu, and even the most basic of usability best practices have been ignored. Have you ever tried to access the footer on an infinite scrolling page? You can’t.
I have a strong opinion about the new UI because designing websites and web-based apps is my vocation. I’ve dedicated the last 15 years of my professional life to make websites easy to use and trouble-free. This new Yahoo incarnation is terrible, and I’m no longer interested in supporting a company who doesn’t value their customers.
I get it. This is a business decision. Get rid of paying (read “ad-free”) users and hedge your bets on the free users who will click on ads, therefore guaranteeing your revenue stream. But you took away years of careful organization and work from me. 7 years of work, to be precise. We Pro users didn’t need another Pinterest or Instagram. We just want to organize and display our photos, a service WE PAID FOR, in a manner that addressed each of our individual needs. You failed to deal with the tens of thousands of users who complained, even shutting down threads in the Help Forum. I hear you loud and clear: “If you don’t like it, then get lost.” Well, Yahoo, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m taking advantage of a great Greasemonkey script (thanks, iPernity!) that allows me to download all my images, titles, descriptions, tags and more, and am now riding this all out until my membership expires in November.
Hasta la vista!