Photo walking with Thomas Hawk

I’m spending the evening with Thomas Hawk learning about the photo world. He’s one of the most talented photographers I’ve seen, so wanted to follow him around as he took photos. Tonight we spent a few hours underneath the Golden Gate bridge. He’ll have some of the photos up later.

He’s the kind of evangelist I hoped I would be: an authority on everything photo. Including all of his competitors like Flickr, Picasa, Smug Mug, Riya, Tabblo, Vizrea, Web Shots, Photo Bucket, FotoLog, and others.

He works for Zooomr (three “o”s), but his regularly posts photos to Flickr and other sites. He knows, for instance, that photographers will get more traffic from Google Images than other image search sites (he tries to get his photos listed on them all).

We started talking about Zooomr, which is developed by a single person (Kristopher Tate) and I asked him why he joined up with Kristopher. The answer: because Kristopher added a feature (trackbacks) in one hour when other photo sharing sites wouldn’t do it after months of begging (they still don’t have trackbacks).

Their latest feature? Photo portal notes. Coming tomorrow. Thomas tells me that feature didn’t exist on any planning board before last Friday (Kristopher thought it up on the way to the TechCrunch party last Friday).

Anyway, Thomas told me that he knows developers at all the photo sharing sites and that they tell him that their main problems are keeping up with the huge increases in traffic (doubling small numbers isn’t that hard to keep up with, but when you double millions of users that’s a HUGE problem to work around).

So, it’s very easy right now for Kristopher to add new features, but he hasn’t hit that scaling wall that’ll keep him busy adding servers and building a team to deal with data centers.

Anyway, thanks Thomas for the great photo walk and an insight into your creative process.

25 thoughts on “Photo walking with Thomas Hawk

  1. Thanks for the nice words Antonio. I will have to get back on Tabblo and create a few more soon. It’s a great service.

    In terms of IE support, Kris put out a number of fixes last night which should make Zooomr easier to use in IE. They are not all fixed yet but we got a lot of them and the pages look much better in Zooomr now for IE users.

  2. Thanks for the nice words Antonio. I will have to get back on Tabblo and create a few more soon. It’s a great service.

    In terms of IE support, Kris put out a number of fixes last night which should make Zooomr easier to use in IE. They are not all fixed yet but we got a lot of them and the pages look much better in Zooomr now for IE users.

  3. Zooomr is lucky to have Thomas. Before he went there, he was a real boon to use at Tabblo and we miss him dearly! Thomas, any time you want to compose a tabblo of the cool stuff you’re now putting on Zooomr, we’d love to see it.

    As to the acceleration of the pace of innovation that Zooomr is bringing back into the mix– I say fabuloso!

  4. Zooomr is lucky to have Thomas. Before he went there, he was a real boon to use at Tabblo and we miss him dearly! Thomas, any time you want to compose a tabblo of the cool stuff you’re now putting on Zooomr, we’d love to see it.

    As to the acceleration of the pace of innovation that Zooomr is bringing back into the mix– I say fabuloso!

  5. On the way to work this morning we explored the functionality of the Vizrea application I was able to share with friends the viewing of my media collection and the sharing of my friend’s collections. I did this by down loading the pictures and videos to my phone, thus allowing us to view the remote content. Yes the Vizrea application and service is absolutely amazing. Vizrea is poised to revolutionize the sharing of media content around the world!

  6. On the way to work this morning we explored the functionality of the Vizrea application I was able to share with friends the viewing of my media collection and the sharing of my friend’s collections. I did this by down loading the pictures and videos to my phone, thus allowing us to view the remote content. Yes the Vizrea application and service is absolutely amazing. Vizrea is poised to revolutionize the sharing of media content around the world!

  7. Robert, excellent point about the Firefox thing. Zooomr still needs work for IE6. Kristopher has been working on that. We spent some time trying to figure out a fix on Friday afternoon at Zooomr HQ but aren’t there yet.

    If anyone who has a good grasp of IE6 standards has any advice as to what we might be able to do to get our templeting to work correctly in IE6 we’d love to get your feedback. This is something that is a high priorty for us to try and fix.

  8. Robert, excellent point about the Firefox thing. Zooomr still needs work for IE6. Kristopher has been working on that. We spent some time trying to figure out a fix on Friday afternoon at Zooomr HQ but aren’t there yet.

    If anyone who has a good grasp of IE6 standards has any advice as to what we might be able to do to get our templeting to work correctly in IE6 we’d love to get your feedback. This is something that is a high priorty for us to try and fix.

  9. Intresting stuff – the boom in photo sharing sites is one of the things which still amazes me now – incredible growth, but aligned to what the web does best.
    I’ve tinkered with Zooomr but not really looked at it closely yet – I must do!
    Jon

  10. Intresting stuff – the boom in photo sharing sites is one of the things which still amazes me now – incredible growth, but aligned to what the web does best.
    I’ve tinkered with Zooomr but not really looked at it closely yet – I must do!
    Jon

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