My stats obsession was one of the main reason I was slow to start using Flickr. Great, they’d host my photos and let me have friends that also get photos hosted. And true, I could see how many times a photo was viewed, but that was it. I couldn’t see where they came from, what time of day they came, what ridiculous keyword got them there and so on. I got over it and setup a free account. Then I started wondering why photos of cars, card catalogs, photos and beards got so many views compared to my other photos.

Last month Flickr introduced stats. That graph makes me drool. But they did that thing all smart businesses do: make it a premium service only available to paying customers.

It’s one of those sentiments every article about the web2.0 bubble mentions. How is that new company/app/website going to make money? Sure it’s a neat service can it really survive on ad revenue alone? It’s interested to see how different business models approach it. Record labels tend not to give away entire albums but typical give away a hero track or two. Full album is premium.

There’s something quite pleasing about getting something for free (be it music or a photo hosting service) while still being completely satisfied with not having access to the premium parts. Unfortunately for the internet if every user was like me there’d be no revenue in it. Flickr stats plus recently hitting that other Flickr gotcha (200 photos and the oldens start getting hidden), that may be changing.


  1. majafa 20080107

    Sooo does that mean you did start a Pro account, or you’re still being a cheapskate?

  2. waytoocrowded 20080107

    It means I’m still being frugal.

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