Earlier today, we invited a group of folks to Yahoo for a preview of Yahoo! 360. Danah Boyd wrote a bit about the event this evening.

Today, Yahoo invited a handful of “influencers” to have early access to their new product 360 degrees. Apparently, i’m one of them so i got to sit around a table at Yahoo, learn about the product and speak my mind. I have to say that i’m impressed that Yahoo folks wanted to hear all of our crankiness head-on rather than waiting for it to appear in our random ramblings online. Even better: they didn’t make us sign any NDAs so we can blog all we want. I lurve that.

And Flickr lovr and investr Esther Dyson photoblogged the event--or at least Randy Farmer and me.

There was a lot of good discussion--some of them heated. But the funny thing is how often Flickr came up. I lost count of how many times people began their points by making a Flickr comparison:

  • "The thing I like about Flickr is..."
  • "Well, what works really well on Flickr is..."
  • "The cool thing about how Flick does this is..."

Toward the end of the day, someone even said "I hate to use Flickr as an example again, but..."

So, yeah. We get it. Flickr got a lot of this stuff right. :-)

Anyway, I just found that amusing.

The event was especially interesting because I was probably the only Yahoo in the room who hadn't been inolved in the development of Yahoo! 360. So I could easily see things from both sides for a change.

Posted by jzawodn at March 24, 2005 10:59 PM

Reader Comments
# Ben Ramsey said:

Here's the weird thing: It's 9:15 AM CST and I'm skimming through my feedreader. At the same time, I'm in a large conference room listening to and watching Andrew Blau interview Esther Dyson (both of whom are up on the stage). I came across this and found it to be very surreal.

She hasn't yet mentioned her Flickr interest, but I plan on going up to her afterwards and asking.

on March 25, 2005 07:15 AM
# Venky Krishnamoorthy said:

Jeremy, I had blogged on Y!360 on March'20th. When I tried to sign-in for the Y!360 beta waiting list, I recd an error message.

Y! does not allow (.) in your id's. (I found it very amusing)

Is this being corrected?

on March 25, 2005 09:34 PM
# Security advisor for Yahoo said:

How many drinks were you consuming that day. You've got a fair selection on your photo...

Don't Yahoo's air con work or something. ;-)

on March 26, 2005 03:28 PM
# Andrew said:

Having trouble trackbacking this post... the relevant post at my blog is at:

on March 28, 2005 08:15 PM
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