Web 0.1: Flickr sets

EDIT: LOL, actually, you can Add to Set, I was completely wrong. Thanks to Sulka, and some emailed screenshots, I finally was able to find this feature. It’s there, buried next to “Blog this”, and “view different resolutions of this photo”. I couldn’t find it, because it’s the opposite side of screen from all the other editing/tagging/describing tools, and in the middle of nine other options, in grey-on-white text. Awesome usability (not). Thanks, Sulka!

I am *absolutely stunned* that flickr has no way to let you add a photo to a set.

You can tag a photo, describe it, and change it’s title. You can flag it, replace it, or add it to a pointless “world map”.

But you cannot add it to a set.

No, to do that, you have to close all your photo windows, go to a crappy set editor, and scroll though tiny tiny tiny photo thumbnails that are too small to see which photo is which when they are similar, and drag-and-drop photos on.

I won’t even mention the stupidity of having “sets” and “collections” with dire warnings that “collections can contain sets or collections, but not both [so you better decide carefully now, sucker!]” … and yet no link to “what is a set? what is a collection? what’s the difference? which should I use?”.

So, congratulations to a trailblazer of web 2.0, flickr, for managing to have a core feature in 2008 that is still Web 0.1

2 Replies to “Web 0.1: Flickr sets”

  1. Adam what are you babbling about? The uploader allows placing each image to multiple sets, and there’s an “Add to Set” button on top of each image in the basic UI. The editor thingy is only needed for batch operations.

    I do agree that the collections feature is very clumsy though.

  2. Ah, I wasn’t clear enough … this is about creating a set AFTER you have uploaded files.

    Because you don’t always invent every set the instant you first upload a photo that would go in that set :)

    For me, in the basic UI, there is no “add to set” button. I have a pro account, so I can’t understand why that button doesn’t exist :(.

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