Now, don't get me wrong - I like Flickr and Flickr: Groups is nice and handy, listing all the groups that I'm a member of. But you know, the functionality really hasn't changed that much in all the time that I've been using it, and since it's a product that I actually pay money to use, I'm really starting to think it's time they upped their game a little bit.
If you take a look at the list of groups that you take, it's just arranged in a pretty much random order as far as I can tell, with any group that has new comments in the 'Discuss' section at the top. I want *lots* more functionality than this.
- Arrange groups according to subjects of interest - I want to create folders, and click and drag groups into different folders.
- Arrange groups according to popularity, based on number of subscribers, photographs, currency and so on.
- Arrange groups according to contacts, so the groups with most of my contacts who post are at the top.
- Arrange groups by simply being able to keep the listing static, and simply clicking and dragging them into the positions I want.
None of this is stunning, nor should it be hard to do. It's irritating that it just doesn't seem to be happening. I'm also getting hacked off with the 'Groups we've noticed' function. Firstly, I don't want to have to see it. Secondly, they're not seeing many groups, as they keep producing the same groups over and over again. I'd like a system where I can either click to say 'Not interested in this group, don't display it again' or where I can provide a list of keywords and only get matches on said keywords - Flickr has RSS functionality, so this shouldn't be hard to do either.
The Contacts section is fairly poor as well, arranging photographs chronologically by contact. I want the option of arranging by contact and *then* chronologically. Again, shouldn't be hard to do this, surely? How about something a bit more advanced, so that I can choose to arrange contact photographs by keywords, or better yet, arrange by contact but excluding stuff that contains various keywords - I may be interested in a friends 'art' photographs, but not their 'work' ones for example.
Why can't I have my own set of tags in a tag cloud? Why do I have to default to the Explore/Tags/ option as set by Flickr, when what I want is to set my own, or have the system create a tag cloud and display it based on pictures that I've added to my favourites list?
The Search function isn't up to scratch either. I'm not even going to go down that route because I'd be here for the rest of the day.
I could go on, but enough is enough. And yes, I could post all of this into the appropriate Flickr forum, but there are times when blogging seems preferable, and this is one of them. It'll be great if I've actually missed some arcane way of doing some of the above, and if so, many apologies to Flickr (though if that IS the case, why don't they make it more obvious?), so if you do know ways of doing any of the above (and yeah, I know about RSS feeds.. what I really want is the ability to play around with the content on the page) do let me know. Or add to the list yourself if there's things you'd like 'em to take on board.
Don't get me wrong - I love Flickr, and mention it all the time, but that doesn't mean I can't see that there are things that could sometimes work better.