In the past week or so, folks have been complaining about Yahoo! mail being down. When it came back up, Flickr apparently went down. The site Is It Down reported that Flickr went down before 12:24PM–specifically TechCrunch states that it went down at around 11AM. The famous news site also states that a velocity of tweets came in with people talking about Flickr being down.
Usually when a website goes down, we expect lots of new changes but indeed Flickr doesn’t really have very much new to it. This all ties into a bigger problem where it seems overall that Yahoo! has been having a bad week. At least Tumblr hasn’t gone down yet.
We cannot find any confirmation as to whether the mobile app was down as well.
This triggers a bigger question though: if Flickr were really totally gone, how much would it still affect the modern photo community as a whole? Many of us here at the Phoblographer don’t believe that there is a single, strong photo sharing site/community with Behance being the only thing close. 500px showed lots of promise but didn’t integrate the many more features to make it much more of a community. Instagram surely is one, and Tumblr is also quite image centric; but they’re not really places to develop a full conversation the way Flickr was in its heyday.