How many of you can see hotlinks to Flickr, but when you click the image, it shows you this beautiful message about Flickr having a massage? I didn’t know Flickr was a person. Or a dog maybe. Or the company just got really rich and is giving out free massages to its employees.
We started on a database upgrade and a few alters to the database structure last night. Given our scale, work like this takes a long time, and makes a definite impact on site performance.You may have noticed today that the site is having lots of hiccups and that behaviour is generally pretty erratic. So, we’ve decided to take the site offline help things settle down. We’re anticipating a couple of hours is all we need at this point, so, we’re hoping to be back online around 4:30 PST.Sorry about this! It will be one of those massages that ‘hurts so good’ and we’ll post updates here as we have them.
What does this mean for everyone?
1. No, your account is not deleted.
2. Your account and its data is safe (or so I like to believe). But considering the restructuring of the database, this may not be the case. Let’s hope they have a backup.
3. The Flickr servers are doing fine since you can still see the massage (message).
4. As you can note from the blog, the Flickr administrators can still post, we can also see their photographs on the blog but its the same issue: when we click them, they taunt us with how good a massage they must be having in this cold weather.
Does Flickr run its own spa? Maybe Google should too. Maybe it does. Here’s another one: Does Flickr have direct access to your data? It’s funny how most traditional businesses can upgrade their systems when their offices close at 5:30 pm, except online businesses such as Flickr where transactions take place every second and news spreads like wildfire. Is this a drawback of the internet age?
If anyone knows how long this has been going on, please post it here and I will update the blog. If you have any other news, let me know please.
Interesting Questions to Ask Yourself About Flickr
1. Why is the r in flickr pink? Why is the rest blue?
2. Why does it say “Loves you” on top of the logo?
3. Why is the “TM” sign pink too? Is flickr run by girls?
4. Is Flickr really revolutionary? What about Uber.com?
5. Why is the flickr icon two circles, one being pink and the other blue? They look like balls.
6. Do you think flickr is full of itself when it says it is “almost certainly the best…” ?
7. Why is there only one male post to the flickr blog? George Oates has written two posts. The rest are by girls Maya Baratz and Heather Champ. Is this a controversy to take over the internet?
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