Microsoft Trying to Make a Flickr

November 12th, 2007 at 12:00 am

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When a big company who has millions to lose if certain information got out is planning something big, they usually go off the radar and personally recruit people they need for their top-secret project.

Microsoft on the other hand is not into the whole clandestine effort. They put a job posting on the internet that basically drew out their whole plan.

"Heard of Flickr? YouTube? How about. Mac? This role will work across the new Windows Live division with teams like Spaces, SkyDrive, Messenger and Hotmail to construct a winning strategy for Microsoft in photo and video sharing. This role involves leading the team to design the strategy then build and implement a winning solution that will be loved by millions of customers. This feature team is building a next-generation photo and video sharing service that will compete with flickr, smugmug and other photo web solutions today. This is a “v1” opportunity."

So, is Microsoft building a Flickr rival? Maybe, maybe not. First off here’s the situation in our Webscape. There was a time after the first bubble burst that startups began new strategies and new products. Some of them got noticed and eventually were acquired by the survivors now turned giants of this thing we now call Web2.0. Anyway, it’s been going on for a year, Flickr is not as big a hype as it used to be when it started so is YoTube. If you really look around the web, you’ll find dozens of photosharing sites with social networking just like Flickr.

Now, what is Microsoft up to? Is it too late? Or are they playing a trick on us? Whatever it is, it’s worth a wait and we’ll be here to watch.