Linked by David Adams on Mon 5th Mar 2012 21:26 UTC
In the News I ran across a business news story about Yahoo's impending layoffs today, and if you're a deep-into-the-internet person like me, it certainly comes as no surprise to read yet again that Yahoo is on the skids. In fact, you're more likely to be surprised to learn that Yahoo has more than 14,000 employees and made something like $6 billion in revenue last year. Yahoo ceased to be relevant a long time ago, and even the Yahoo services that still get some love, like Flickr, seem to be tainted by association. But the question I asked myself when I read the article was, "why didn't Yahoo become a technology leader?"
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by IndigoJo on Tue 6th Mar 2012 08:35 UTC
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Flickr is awful - most times when I try to use it, the text appears but the (all-important) pictures don't. I don't know why anyone would use the service now, let alone pay for it (it was like that for me when I had Pro membership as well).

The same is true for a lot of the big online media companies (notably Automattic and Google): they are over-capacity and slowness is a huge problem, with sections of webpages and sometimes entire services failing to load (in the case of Automattic, using their services caused my own blog to suffer intermittent outages which I remedied by disabling Gravatar and their stats). But Flickr is by far the worst offender.

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