FLICKR -- Esther Dyson is addicted to Flickr and unlike many others expressing their opinion about Flickr's forthcoming cost model, Dyson has invested in the company. It's a sure winner--even more certain because of Dyson's nod of approval.
Dyson cites Flickr as "the richest/deepest of the photo sites" and that's actually an understatement. You would expect Flickr to be a top-class interactive experience because some of its earliest adopters are A-List bloggers. From the very beginning, a Flickr contact list was going to be as good as being inside the cameraphones of some of the most prolific and widely traveled netizens.
Photoblogging is another dimension of community-building. While some might consider it to be easier than writing, I think there are as many airheads behind the camera as there are on keyboards. Nonetheless, some of Flickr's members take super photos and getting their feeds is one of the best internet experiences I have enjoyed. Flickr is a gigantic interactive and hyperlinked archive. Flickr is easy to browse, easy to update. I want it to survive the decade, so investment decisions by people like Esther Dyson are welcome news.
Hats of to the Flickr co-founders, Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake. And thanks to George for letting me have more than a gig of space.
See Esther Dyson's photos. Or mine. Or just cut directly to my most-commented Flickr image (it's not even mine).
Esther Dyson -- "Investr in Flickr"