Esther Dyson invests in Flickr

Esther Dyson writes:

As many people are discovering, writing blogs is hard work – sometimes almost as hard as reading them! Photos are much quicker, and almost anyone can do a decent photo – at least of/for friends. and now that it’s easy to post by mail, and everyone has a digital camera or camera phone, these services are becoming great ways to sell value-added storage.

My own experience is that it’s quite addictive, and Flickr has a rich but natural-feeling set of social protocols. Each time you go to your home page you see a new set of photos (unless your friends are really slacking on the job and haven’t produced any new photos). You can comment on your friends’ photos and they on yours, send messages, set up groups for friends and group albums for events and so on, but there’s less of the me-me-me feel you get on, say, Friendster, and more of the I-see feel you get from blogs (but without so many words, lucid or otherwise).

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.