Flickr, it's like an old pair of slippers, so comfortable you cannot get rid of them but so worn you could not possibly wear them. For those of us into photography at the dawn of the Internet age, it was the to go site for viewing and displaying shots. There had been little like it before and certainly, there was nothing like it at that time. Time, however, waits for no website and the proliferation of high-speed internet spawned many alternatives such as 500px, Zenfolio, and SmugMug. Recently it was the last of these that created an energetic buzz in the community when they announced they were taking over Flickr. Foolhardy or genius, time will tell but here are some of the things we think SmugMug could do to improve the Flickr experience.
Streamlining The Login
Let's start at the beginning of the experience, the login. Yahoo, Flickr’s previous guardian had a reputation for integrating with Internet service providers to offer mail and other services. This led to them using login details from these ISPs to access Yahoo content. A classic example of this is the tie-up between Yahoo and BTInternet in the UK. The problem is that as these contracts ended or were replaced it became increasingly difficult to login into Yahoo and by default Flickr. Often a complex series of login pages required and often they failed. Task number one for SmugMug is to unify the login experience.