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Flickr down

So, uh, Flickr’s down right now.

UPDATE: It’s 11:30 p.m. and it appears to be back up again.

Apparently, it’s been down for awhile. The Flickr blog says it was down earlier, up briefly and down again at 6:45 p.m.

But it’s 10 p.m., and this is the message I’m receiving on everything:

Flickr taking a massage

I don’t use Flickr much now, especially not since I have yet to take a single picture since moving to Lafayette a month ago. No joke, not a single photo. Most of the readers won’t understand why that is weird. But for my Kent State buds, you know how extraordinary that is. I am practically attached at the hip, in fact, when I have pockets in my pants or hoodie, I am literally attached at the hip, to my little camera. It goes everywhere with me. I just haven’t been motivated to trek out in the cold here yet. Today, as I was walking a few blocks to the parking lot after work, I looked up at the sky and felt the almost spring-like breeze and thought: man, this is perfect for a picture. Of course, my camera’s battery was dead because I hadn’t used it in a month. But I’ll resurrect my photo hobby soon.

The thing is, lots of people use Flickr like I use gmail or del.icio.us or wordpress even. I remember last semester when blogger would take forever to post my overheardatksu posts. It drove me insane. But still, they got posted.

What happens to people who spend hours each day on a social networking/Web 2.0 site and it goes down. Where are all the Flickr users uploading their photos? (I’m hoping this is just a fluke and not one crazy person mad about the whole ‘register for a yahoo name or else’ dictum Flickr’s imposing.)

But what if MySpace went down? What would college students do without Facebook for a day? What would Digg’s community do if the server was down for four hours? How about if you couldn’t post bookmark’s to del.icio.us? Or access Technorati? And so forth. You think these are silly questions, but I know people who literally would not know what to do with themselves without Facebook.

But, I suspect they, like many Flickr users probably did, could and would find suitable alternatives for the afternoon. If it was a longterm problem, they’d move on to something new. Which brings me to the longwinded point of this post: everything on the Web is temporary and replaceable. You can find what you want or are looking for in multiple places, whether it’s information or community. And it’s worth remembering that. What is big today, could tomorrow seem silly even primative.

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