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Started using Dave Winer’s new FlickrFan last night. Here are my impressions:

– Killer result. Absolutely an incredible way to display interesting and relevant images from around the world, both your own internal world and the rest of the world.

– Horrible delivery vessel. Using the OPML editor as the engine is like taking a 737 across town for your commute. I understand that Dave only wants to program in his environment, but the simplicity of the result is completely betrayed by the complexity of the implementation.

– It would be super cool to have captions explaining the pictures if available. I’m a huge Packers fan and there is a picture of Brett Favre in my stream, but I wasn’t able to find the caption anywhere. It doesn’t show up in my event log. Why is there a picture of one of the greatest quarterbacks on AP? Dunno.

– Not related to FlickrFan itself, but I was unaware that the ‘Pictures’ screensaver on Mac OSX displays a different picture for each display. A very pleasant surprise when you have 3 monitors hooked up.

I understand that this is very much a ‘1.0’ release. A ‘Proof of Concept.’ As Fred Brooks says in
The Mythical Man Month
, plan to throw one away. This version needs to be thrown away and refined into the killer app that it is screaming to become.

(All the above is said with the greatest respect for what Dave has done for all of us on the web)


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