Before Flickr was anywhere near conception, Caterina Fake was the art director for Salon.com. She was intrigued by online community development, social software, and individual publishing. She received a degree in English and then became a fine artist after college. She stumbled into web design and programming with her artistic skills. Very interested in the social aspect of the web, she wanted to create a gaming site that brought together gamers and build a cyber community.
Caterina Fake, along with a team that consisted of her husband and developers, created Game Never Ending (GNE), an online multiplayer game that had a concentration on cyber social relations. Soon the creators realized the sense of community was more important than the game and saw an opportunity for a different site from creating GNE. They took remnants of GNE and began to create Flickr.
A photo sharing site, Flickr, was conceived by Fake and her husband (at the time) Stewart Butterfield. In February 2004, Flickr hatched into the cyber world after three months of being nurtured and kept warm. The initial formation of GNE helped make this site a success.
After its creation, Flickr grew immensely. Three million registered users have shared over 130 million photos with friends and family via web. Not only can you share your photos, users can tag pictures to help sort/find specific images and leave comments on pictures. To build community, the creators commented on other’s photos with meaningful and genuine comments saying why they liked the pictures. This received positive feedback and users began to do likewise and in the end, a community was created.
Yahoo dug into their pockets for change to adopt Fake’s cyber baby for the small amount of roughly $30 million dollars in March 2005 when Flickr was only 13 months old.
“I’m an accidental business person. I just love the medium. I love the internet.” Faked earned some real big time awards for her genius ideas creating the accidental success of Flickr. She received Business Week’s Best Leaders of 2005, Forbes 2005, Fast Company’s Fast 50, and Red Herring’s 20 Entrepreneurs under 35, and was named on Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and appeared on the cover in 2006. Fake is so active and is working on her new project, Hunch. This brand new question-answer search engine seems quite interesting. It is “for the entire internet, mapping every person to every entity, be that entity a cookbook, person, web page, restaurant, travel destination, friend, New York Times Bestseller.” –Fake
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