The Long, Slow Decline of Flickr

The rise of social networks are what get people's attention; their falls not so much. Only when a declining social media site is shuttered or significantly contracts will it make headlines, like Friendster did in April. Blogger Nick Douglas at Slacktory has a chart about an another network, photo-sharing site Flickr, that may be going out with a whimper rather than a bang.

Douglas created a small index of seasonal and event-related photo tags popular among Flickr users -- things like "Christmas," "February," and "Spring" -- and tracked their usage on photos dating back to 1998 (Though Flickr was founded in 2004 -- and brought by Yahoo a year later -- photos can be backdated to when they were taken.) By the measure he created, Flickr unloads peaked in 2008 and have very slowly declined since then, as can be seen in the chart above.

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