Sunday, October 31, 2010


I think the almost silent death of swivel, the flickr for data, if you see what I mean, has upset me almost more than any other cataclysm in the history of the web.


Here was a site which was full of fundamentally useful stuff, really well presented.

But, apparently, no business model. No-one was prepared to pay for the data. Course, I was also a no-one. I pay for flickr. Why not data? I guess I felt a lot of it was in the public domain already: why pay twice. But of course, you’re not paying for the data, you’re paying for the really really slick way swivel processed it for you.

Only got myself to blame.