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Episode #30 Flickr: How a Bright Star Changed the World of Web Applications with Peter Merholz and Jared Spool

June 11, 2007  ·  85 minutes

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In this audio recording from January's UIE Web App Summit, Adaptive Path's Peter Merholz and UIE's Jared Spool lead an entertaining discussion about the magic behind the scenes at Web 2.0 star Flickr.

Show Notes

Back in January we had planned to have Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Flickr, speak at our Web App Summit. Sadly, events conspired to force Stewart to Europe at the last moment. In his stead Peter Merholz and I got together to lead an analytical interactive discussion on what makes Flickr such a success in the Web 2.0 space, and as a popular destination in general. What makes it such a draw? It can't just be AJAX.

» What tools does Flickr use to foster its community? » Does the service have a personality? » How is it different from competing sites? » How does Flickr invite you to discover new tools? » How does the app leverage its API to increase its values?

Flickr is often mentioned in our individual talks for just a few minutes. It was really interesting to collaborate and dig deeper into the app and explore its many layers of innovation. I hope you enjoy this recording as much as I enjoyed the session.