Let me preface this again with I like the people running the site, namely Kris Tate but I have serious concerns about the business model and/or the future of Zooomr. SOOOO many people have praised his success, skills and age in creating this Flickr killer and amazing website. People who have given him props include:
Slashdot, Techcrunch, Chrono Tron, Thomas Hawke, etcâ€¦
Have they all been fooled or is it just me? I was talking about Zooomr with a friend and we were in disbelief that people like it so much. If you haven’t heard of the site let me tell you what it offers:
Bottom-line: It copied flickr.com, name included.
Yes, I agree there are some minor feature additions that Flickr has not added or does not plan to add for its users, including:
– Photo Uploading and tagging (including geo tagging)
– 15 different languages
– Google Maps integration
– Trackbacks and Zooomrtations (wasn’t working at time of this review)
But still here are my real concerns:
1- The name is a copy, flickr vs zooomr, notice any resemblance?
2- The site layout and functionality is almost identical.
3- It is just another photo website that 3 bloggers want to write about first and it got blown way out of proportion.
4- Geotagging is just taking tags and plugging them into a map, it is not that revolutionary.
I really respect Kris for driving some new features to the world of online photos but none are revolutionary.
Some may say he is challenging or driving new things in photo but the stuff is pretty soft. I do notice that when there was just Yahoo people were very satisfied and accepted that search was satisfactory and didn’t expect any better. Yet when Google came around there was SIGNIFICANT difference in the product. This is just another pet project by a very smart kid that won’t last this bubble.