I’m not against Microsoft, I’m not against Google, and I don’t work for them.
Google, is not going to come and rescue anyone but itself. Nor the poor Yahoo,neither the poor Flickr users.
Flickr powered by Vista(tm) is not pleasant. I can see that.
Going against Microsoft is not unreasonable, may sound very cool, but it’s starting to feel very common-place and old-fashioned.
The biggest problem, the way I see it, is not Microsoft buying Yahoo.
There’s no Good Company in this story, so our chances of a pretty ending are scarce.
Information, time has teached us, is valuable as much as you can find it when you need it.
Whoever has the search engine monopoly has the power to present the information the way he likes, and if it likes to.
Whoever buys Yahoo, will get a positive advantage against other search engine.
Maybe Microsoft buying Yahoo is not the scariest scenario.
And that’s very scary, way much more than Flickr being powered by Windows CE.
Maybe it’s not time to stand for Flickr, but time to go against anyone who gets the total monopoly of search engines. The World and the Internet we wish and we used to know may be much more important that our bunch of photos.
Just my 2 cents.