Flickr Responds To “Dear Marissa Mayer” Campaign With Job Posting

    July 19, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Earlier this week, Yahoo shocked the tech world by naming Google’s Marissa Mayer their new President and CEO. Mayer, who worked at Google for 13 years, was the company’s 20th employee, first female engineer, and was instrumental in making the company the search giant they are today.

Not 24 hours later, Mayer already had a big request from the internet community:


The site dearmarissamayer.com was created, and the message was spread virally over Twitter. Clearly, ex-Flickr and current Flickr users simply want the once-leading photo-sharing site to be restore to its former glory. And since Marissa Mayer now runs the company that bought Flickr back in 2005, I guess she seemed like the right one to ask.

Now, Flickr has responded to that request in a pretty stellar fashion. Here’s what you’ll find at flickr.com/dearinternet:

Note Flickr used “awesomer.” Well played.

For reference, here’s what the original Dear Marissa Mayer message looks like:

Flickr’s message is an open invitation for qualified individuals to apply for jobs with the company. According to their about page, the Flickr team is comprised of only 42 people. As of right now, they are looking for two software engineers, a frontend engineer, and senior service engineer, and data storage engineer, and a community manager.

[via Wired]

  • Matt Headley

    Screw the Instagram purchase. Flickr needs facebook integration!

  • wilner

    Here is an example of how Flickr stumbled:
    For years, Flickr users were asking Flickr to allow users to display photos against a background other than the standard white. In particular, dark gray and black were the most frequently-requested choices. But Flickr hesitated, and hmmmed and hawed, and outright ignored people’s requests. So we Flickr users abandoned Flickr for SmugMug and other sites that did allow putting photos against a dark background. Now, years later, Flickr finally relents and adds a dark background option — only those of us who left never returned to Flickr.

    Flickr is not the only Yahoo property with this problem. Nearly all of Yahoo’s problems find their roots in horrible aesthetics and look-and-feel, and poor user experience. They also suffer from very long fixit cycles. Look at Google: it is constantly coming out with updates to nearly every one of its services and products. But Yahoo, like Microsoft, takes eons to fix anything, and when it does it does it poorly. Let’s hope, for Yahoo’s sake, Ms. Mayer gets it right with better look-and-feel, better user experience, and short update cycles with best-in-class performance. Otherwise, Yahoo — and Ms. Mayer — are doomed.