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Why is Flickr Saying "Me Too… Me Too!"

me too Why is Flickr Saying Me Too... Me Too!

We are constantly updating everything we use (I update something almost everyday). But why are so many developers and companies handling new features in such a Me Too fashion? What is the best path? Is it the clear ground breaker that waits for a totally new never-been-done feature to release? Or is it the Me Too approach, so that slowly but surely we will have thousand of sites or online apps that are all exactly the same?

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We are constantly updating everything we use (I update something almost everyday). But why are so many developers and companies handling new features in such a Me Too fashion? What is the best path? Is it the clear ground breaker that waits for a totally new never-been-done feature to release? Or is it the Me Too approach, so that slowly but surely we will have thousand of sites or online apps that are all exactly the same?

Sadly, the latter seems to be the popular path (though in my opinion not the correct one). Yesterday Flickr (my photo sharing site of choice) announced a People Tagging feature for it’s users. But wait Flickr (nee: Yahoo), why so late? Facebook has done this for a while (forever it seems). Even constant innovator Apple got on the band wagon with adding it to it’s newest version of iPhoto. Is Flickr’s hope to have their user base not use other sites? Are they making a play at becoming more of an interactive community? I’m sure it’s a combination of both. But what puzzles me is that Flickr has had the ability to ‘tag’ a photo for years. So why didn’t they take the stance of “we have always had tagging and we are even more aware of our user’s desires so we don’t limit it to just tagging people.”? I mean come on… spin this in the positive, don’t be a follower be a leader.

So that leads me to this question. What and who will really be innovating our digital lives? And by that I mean really innovating not just a slightly different version of things we have seen before. Will it continue to be Apple? The iPhone is with out a doubt the most influential innovation in the past few years. But what about online? Where is it? Who is truly going to be leading the pack instead of simply saying “Me too”?

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