The API makes Flickr great
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM by Dave Winer.
  • A picture named glue.gifJust read the review of the new Flickr mobile app from Nick Bilton at the NYT.
  • I'm a Flickr user from the beginning, and I've stuck with it.
  • I like Flickr for the API. It enables me to mirror everything I put up there on S3 which is really important to me.
  • Hope they don't break the API. It's another of their big advantages, a huge base of compatible software. Lots of it hasn't been updated in a long time, all the more reason to leave it alone. (They've been talking about deprecating stuff for a long time, but my stuff still runs, which is good.)
  • Installed it on my iPod Touch . That's where I take most of my pictures.
  • It took me a few tries to remember the combination of username and password. Eventually got in.
  • Was able to browse my photos. Took a new photo of a couple of soda cans on my desk. Used a filter to reduce the glare and give it an oldtime look. Not trying to demo the camera -- just want to see how the software works.
  • I'm glad they updated Flickr. It works. If more people use Flickr I'm happy. It's a mature photo service with tons of users and lots of photos, and a full API that I've built on. If it has a more assured future, I'm happy.
  • But don't break my apps. Please. :-)