Caterina Fake on Flickr and competition

Flickr v1.0 was an IM client with an ability to drag and drop photos into it. At the time there was Shutterfly, Snapfish, oFoto who dominated the web. How did you compete with these sites when you decided to turn Flickr into a photo sharing site?

Honestly, had we given those sites any thought, we wouldn’t have built Flickr, because they were already huge and successful, and demonstrated that photo-sharing was a loss leader for getting ppl to buy printing services. We didn’t compete with them at all. In fact, we were blissfully unaware of them and had only the vaguest idea of how they worked as we were building Flickr.

Source:  The story behind Flickr


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