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How Flickr has changed since 2004:Screenshots Timeline

7 July 2007 No Comment
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Flickr is a popular online photo sharing tool where you can upload photos, share with your friends, comment on photos or just sit back and browse photos. The real success lies in the community actions such as commenting on photos, favourite photos and messaging groups – they are missing in other online photo sharing tools.

The coolest way to browse flickr is through flickr explore – where a computer-based algorithm shows some of the best and finest images uploaded by flickr members. It lists the 500 top photos for each day of the year.

This post lists some interesting facts on Flickr (with the help of Google News Archives) and the early screenshots of it’s homepage (courtesy of Internet Archive Wayback Machine). Check the the archives of flickr homepage here.

(Early days, April 2004)

(Early days, May2004)


Flickr has just celebrated its fourth birthday (Feb 2007), but it is widely known to the users as (arguably) the coolest web 2.0 application on the web.

(July 2004)


Flickr was founded by Stewart Butterfield (his flickr page) and Caterina Fake (her flickr page). Incidentally, they met through blogs (http://www.caterina.net/) and became life-partners.

(November 2004)

Flickr was born in Canada. It grew out of an online multi-player game named, ‘Game Never ending’ (shelved), that was being developed by LudiCorp. Fake and Butterfield’s company, Ludicorp, never did launch a game.

(March 2005)
Yahoo purchased Flickr in March 2005. Even at that time, it is was a small company managed by only 11 employees.

(January 2006)

Looking to buy a Digital Camera? Check Out The Camera Finder page on flickr that shows graphs that reflect the number of Flickr members who have uploaded at least one photo with a particular camera over the last year. See sample images, tech specs and how many others have purchased.

(throughout 2006 – same layout with different images)


As on 7th of July, Flickr hosts close to 75 million photos. How do you figure that number? Easy. Visit the Flickr Expore page and click on most recent uploads and click on the bottom-right photo (the last uploaded one), you will find a number something like 743708779 just divide that by 10 million (1 followed by 7 zeroes) you will get 74.4 million photos. Wow!

On an average (July 2007) about 1500 photos are being uploaded every minute.

(2007 – major change in layout)


In June 2007, the logo changed from ‘Flickr Gamma’ to “Flickr Loves You”.

According to Wikipedia, Yahoo is completely blocked in the United Arab Emirates and Chinese ISP’s have started blocking flickr since June 2007.

Yahoo is closing Yahoo photos in favour of flickr and provides options to easily move your photos to flickr.

Want to read more?

Birth of Flickr – USA Today – a good article covering the flickr history.

Caterina talks about the Early Days of Flickr – audio podcast on IT conversations.

Guess what has not changed all these years. Our love for Flickr!

Related Posts for flickr users:

How to get into Flickr Explore? (Revised)

25 Useful scripts for Flickr users that make your more productive

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