FlickrFan Is a Tremendous Advance – For 2001

Dave Winer released “FlickrFan” a couple days ago, a screensaver that pulls images from the Flickr API and sends them to your hardware display device of choice.  Except it’s not really a screensaver, not according to Dave Winer in a testy series of exchanges with Mathew Ingram.

It sure looks like a screensaver, with additional (simple) image upload capabilities.  To suppose that this stretches any envelope whatsoever is wishful thinking.  However, Winer released a FlickrFan Manifesto, which speaks to his enthusiasm, if not hubris.  I’m with Ingram — where is the revolution here?  What new ground has been broken?  Commenters over at Scobleizer are pointing out all of the many examples of prior art.  If I gave a two-sentence description of this app to one of my developers, is there any reason they couldn’t come up with yet another example in a few days that does essentially the same thing?

It’s a little painful to watch Winer acolytes tripping all over themselves to reach up and grasp the hem of his robe on this one.

A hilarious example from commenter donpark (from Mathew Ingram’s blog):

Dave’s strength is not in doing something first but seeing the gem of something wonderful beyond the mundane, like screensavers, and shining a huge spotlight on it until rest of us sees it as well […] I myself don’t see it yet but am willing to suspend disbelief because stuff Dave shines light on tends to be, like a flower, takes time to feel the impact.

Oh PLEASE.  Which canny lad first said “trust your senses?”  Descartes?   This prescription was later vulgarized to “if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…it’s a duck!”

Sorry Dave, but FlickrFan looks an awfully lot like a duck.

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4 Responses to “FlickrFan Is a Tremendous Advance – For 2001”


  1. 2 Anthony Stevens December 28, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Actually, the early ’80s: the Commodore 64. Unfortunately the video output wasn’t quite 1080p yet :)


  1. 1 Lazy Research Puts Spock on Top 10 List « The Pursuit of a Life Trackback on December 28, 2007 at 11:48 am
  2. 2 Winer: Rush to Judgement on FlickrFan! « The Pursuit of a Life Trackback on December 28, 2007 at 1:27 pm

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