Over the past nine months I’ve been using Flickr to post some photos, and I find it a fascinating place, mainly for the quality of images available on it and the community aspect, but also because it’s an interesting interface example, being unobtrusive and generally pretty easy to use despite constant evolution.
I’ve also been finding recently that there is some nascent â€” though not exactly lucrative â€” demand for my photos: some of you may have read of the as-yet unresolved case of the pinched Arse, and there was also a request to use the Portobello Shed picture (the comments for which have been made slightly confusing by the actual request having been deleted by the poster).
So, as I keep an eye on the Flickr Ideas discussions, I was interested to read this thread about making money from pictures. It links through to the “Do More” page, which contains a link saying “start your own online gallery to sell photos.” Great!
Except that on clicking it, I get this (click to enlarge):
Aaargh! It’s the Login Barrier. I want a page that tells me how the service works, what I can expect to earn, let me browse their interface, tell me WTF is it? â€” not a demand to actually hook up my account, accompanied by a disconcerting message warning me of the security risks I accept if I proceed.
So, my first reaction? Yup. Stopped dead. Why should I open up my Flickr account to a third party service before I assure myself of the security and, indeed, usefulness of that service? It’s absurd. If you’re trying to sell a service, why prevent your users from checking it out before signing up? I can think of no real world situation where this happens: It’s like walking into a supermarket and have them ask if they can take an imprint of your credit card before they let you past the foyer.
Looking at the ImageKind site, they provide plenty of info up-front and it’s only a couple of clicks through to the FAQs for sellers. So one has to assume that it’s Flickr that has placed this absurd barrier in the road.
Like I said, Flickr is an interesting user interface example. Just not always a positive one.