I completely agree.
But I look at Zooomr as a lot of potential, and perhaps I’m gambling, but I’m not gambling much.
My biggest complaint on that front is that I don’t know when these changes are coming, or what the hell they are?
I’d love a roadmap, or at least a forum where I can voice these opinions.
But they system is young still – so we’ll see what comes o fit.
Anyhow, kinda my rant so far. But (hopefully) don’t count out Zooomr yet!
– eddie 2007-02-01 00:11 UTC
Oh, I don’t plan to Thanks for the comments, eddie.
– GreyWulf 2007-02-01 00:16 UTC
I could write a blogpost myself about this, but since non of my visitors would be interested, I’ll do it here instead :pp
I still can’t for the life of me think of anyone I know virtually or in real life that doesn’t already have an old dusty Yahoo account laying around somewhere. Geez…Yahoo is among the first places on the net that had a membership login, for Christ sake!!
But yes…it can be a pain in the butt with the technical issues if you’re running a browser that has no update, or sorry to say, if you have no clue what you’re doing.
Yahoo have always been buggy and will always be because of the way the whole site is designed.
There was actually a time when they were top notch among design exampels, but that is easily more than 15 years ago now.
Anyway…I haven’t had any problems at all with Flickr since I switched to my Yahoo login. The only issue with Flickr is that it’s loading so flippin slow these days…
As for Zooomr, I like it the more I use it.
Just as in every beta version of everything, nothing is perfect. It needs a graphic designer to set a colour scheme, make the graphic part of it all a bit more subtle.
The navigation will hopefully get a facelift as well in a near future.
You can always hope, anyways.
The “Welcome Mat” doesn’t bother me much. It’s nice to have everything in one place as long as you know where to find it. And what’s the harm if someone greet you every time you login? Sure, the name could be changed to “Doormat” or similar after you have signed up and are logged in, but I think that would confuse more than anything.
Links should stay the same if they have to be there in the first place.
A forum would be nice. I agree with Eddie about that. Somewhere where things like this could be discussed, suggestions could be made etc.
However, that is a common mistake a lot of designers/programmers do when they get something like this started. They often design for themselves and fail to see it from other ppl’s point of view. I know…I’ve done it for a living for long enough to know
And I hope to gawd that the speed will get a bit better. The server is painfully slow at times, and maybe it has something to do with the free Pro accounts and bloggers :pp
To compare Zooomr and Flickr isn’t really fair though. The two have nothing to do with each other, and it would be like comparing Rosity and Flickr – two different places that fill the same function, but without having anything else in common.
Features that I’m missing at Zooomr however would be the chance to follow up my own comments on other ppl’s photos.
Because if nothing else that opens for a communication that goes two ways. You can ask questions etc.
The sets are ok, but I would like to be able to add my images without having to rely on my tags. There is no way in hell I will be able to remember what tags are in which set unless I upload a lot every day…and there won’t be much time for that in the future. Or at least I hope it wont :p
Other than that, it worked okiday when the worst wave of new members had vanished during this evening.
I’m sure there will be changes made and I hope the blog will be used for updates before they happens so we know what will change and why.
– christa 2007-02-01 00:55 UTC
I did find this video which previews some new stuff in the next version of Zooomr. Those optical-assault colours are still there by the look of it though!
– publicenergy 2007-02-01 07:55 UTC
Very good Observations!
U mentioned the 1 thing that sets Flickr apart – The Comments & Importantly – the Comments from yer Friendz & People U meet on Flickr!
Cheers! Billy )
– BillyWarhol 2007-02-01 23:48 UTC
It’s nearly always slow – not just recently. The uploader is a complete pain. It could be so much better in terms of all the features you have mentioned. It’s gonna take more than a verbose blogger and smart programming skills to make Zooomr work. I think you’ve summarised nicely where they should begin.
– monaxle 2007-02-02 14:29 UTC