About Thomas Hawk

Thomas Hawk is a San Francisco based photographer and technology writer. He publishes the web site Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection and is also the Evangelist and CEO of the photo sharing site Zooomr.
Microsoft Building Photo Sharing Service

I was tipped off to an interesting job posting by Microsoft posted on Friday regarding upcoming efforts to create a photo sharing service that will compete with Flickr, Smugmug and other internet based photo sharing sites.

Why Facebook Sucks & Why it Doesn’t
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Why Facebook sucks (Scripting News) Dave Winer has a post out called "Why Facebook Sucks." Dave says that Facebook basically sucks because like many social networks it’s a silo. Lots of input but not so easy output.

From Dave:

Semel Resigns as CEO of Yahoo

[Disclaimer: I’m CEO of Zooomr]

Wow. Those words "Yahoo Says Terry Semel Resigns as CEO" just ran across my Bloomberg terminal 10 minutes ago. Apparently Jerry Yang is going to step in as CEO and Sue Decker’s stepping in as President. The stock’s up 5% in the after market.

Yahoo CEO Faces Shareholder Grilling

Yahoo CEO Semel faces shareholder grilling – USATODAY.com: Lots of heat out on Yahoo this morning and more particularly over the compensation of their CEO Terry Semel, some are calling for a change to Yahoo’s compensation committee, especially in light of the whopping $71.7 million pay package that Yahoo CEO Terry Semel earned last year.

BBC: Flickr Censors Comments

BBC NEWS | Technology | Yahoo ‘censored’ Flickr comments More news on the recent censorship by Yahoo of Rebekka Gudleifsdóttir from the BBC.

Integrating Flickr Into Yahoo Search

Yahoo! Search Blog: Famous Landmarks Get the Flickr Treatment in Yahoo! Search The Yahoo Search Blog is reporting that Flickr has recently added thumbnails of Flickr images for popular domestic and international landmark searches into Yahoo Search.

Build Your Own Amazon.com

My friend Scott Beale is taking a little heat over at his blog Laughing Squid for promoting Amazon’s latest offering to let bloggers and others build online stores where they can promote the products and artists that they support.

Social Search – The Future of Image Search

[Disclaimer: I’m CEO of Zooomr, we are building both a social based image search system as well as a stock photography platform]

Web 2.0 Expo: The Social Media Revolution

web 2.0 EXPO: The Social Media Revolution | mad dog in the fog – Yesterday, Robert Scoble, Chris Pirillo, Jeremiah Owyang and myself participated in a panel on The Social Media Revolution at O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo.

Om Malik Launches FoundRead

Om Malik kicked off the latest of his internet sites last night at MR, a new San Francisco salon (yes, salon as in you get haircuts, manicures and arm massages there). Om’s new site is called FoundRead and will be a community oriented site focusing on new businesses and entrepreneurial advice.

The State of Technorati

Sifry’s Alerts: The State of Technorati, April 2007: One of my favorite things to read are the "State of the Blogosphere" reports that Dave Sifry puts out. They provide a great overview of the overall popularity of blogging and are an excellent update on how fast this thing called blogging is still growing.

Why Microsoft Pays Waggener Edstrom the Big Money

The Long Tail: The Microsoft Memo: Some choose radical transparency, some have it thrust upon them Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief over at Wired, has a post out today that contains a massive email briefing by Microsoft’s PR firm Waggener Edstrom to a Microsoft executive about an interview with Wired Magazine.

TiVo and Home Movie Sharing

TiVo.com | TiVo Home Movie Sharing Today TiVo launched a cool new service called "Home Movies" in a joint venture with One True Media.

Flickr Filtering

Yesterday Flickr introduced a new feature on their service called "Filtering." Filtering is a tool whereby users can designate their desired level of browsing (i.e. show me everything on Flickr un-filtered, or screen out material that has been tagged inappropriate by the user community). It also allows users the ability to designate in advance if they feel that things that they are uploading might be considered objectionable and allowing them to mark their images accordingly.

JPG Intros “Hotness,” I Hope Yahoo Doesn’t Sue Them

JPG Magazine: Blog: Introducing Hotness Well our good friends over at JPG Magazine introduced a cool new feature on their site today. it’s called Hotness "because interestingness was taken" (their words).

Hotness basically uses the social activity around the photos on their site, "votes, views, and more," to share with members of the JPG community some of the best shots being uploaded per an "algorithm" that they created.

Flickr User Photos Disappearing

Well I just got an unpleasant surprise about 20 minutes ago when I tried to log into DMU on Flickr. I couldn’t get in. Even though I’m an admin of the group I’m locked out.

Yahoo Losing Image Search War?

The Next Net: What’s Hot at Yahoo (And What’s Not) Over at blogs.business2.com they have an update on the year over year gain/loss for Yahoo search properties. I’m not sure I understand the methodology entirely, but one number that did stick out for me was that Yahoo! Image Search is down 3% year over year.

WordPress Blog as an OpenID

OpenID ? WordPress.com Wow this is really smart. You can now use your WordPress blog as an OpenID.

From Simon:

"Are you fed up with having to remember dozens of usernames and password? Does the idea of creating yet another account on yet another site leave you cold?

Flickr to Launch New Language Versions

Flickr to launch Chinese-language version by end of 2007 In comments made to journalists in Taipei during a recent visit, Flickr Chief Stewart Butterfield said that Flickr would launch traditional Chinese, French, German and Spanish versions of Flickr by the end of 2007 according to the DigiTimes.

Flickr’s “Sets of Sets”

[I’m CEO of Zooomr]

Interesting to note recent comments by Flickr Chief Stewart Butterfield about an upcoming feature due out likely soon at Flickr. "Sets of Sets," or being able create sub albums in your Flickr albums has probably been the single most requested feature at Flickr over the past two years or so. About four months ago Stewart indicated in a Flickr Ideas forum that this feature was being worked on and recent comments now indicate that it’s close to launch:

MyBlogLog Does What’s Right

The MyBlogLog Blog: Everybody hurts… sometimes So I’ve kind of watched from the sidelines the past few days as this MyBlogLog drama has unfolded. I’d joined MyBlogLog in the past after reading about it on Fred Wilson’s blog but never seemed to really get into it. Maybe I just need to spend more time with it to figure it out, but anyways.

Analyzing Flickr

The Future of Communities Blog — Social browsing vs. technology-enabled navigation – The future of communities points us to an interesting academic research paper done analyzing behavior on Flickr.

The paper, written by Kristina Lerman at USC and Laurie Jones at Mills College, looks at how views, faves, and comments are generated at Flickr.

Their conclusion?

Social Photo Sharing and Stock Photography

Dan Heller’s Photography Business Blog: "In 2000, I wrote an article called, ‘The Five Truisms of the Photography Business’, and Truism #1 is ‘There are more people who have photography as a hobby than as a profession.’

Yahoo and Microsoft Indexing Blogs Poorly

I just got done reading an interview with Larry Cornett, Director of User Experience Design at Yahoo and Kathryn Kelly, Director of PR for Yahoo! Search over at search engine land.