C|NET has published an interview with Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake as a series of video clips.

Caterina discusses:


How Flickr was launched in February 2004 with the original intent to be a game where users share common objects by dragging and dropping photos into an IM client. Later in 2004 they added annotation features such as tagging, notes, and groups. Flickr wanted to differentiate itself from photo finishing websites like OFoto or Shutterfly by focussing on sharing photos primarily as a social medium.


How Flickr is interested in building an infrastructure to allow members to monetize their photos, although a mechanism to sell photos has not yet been implemented.


How the online community dynamically contribute the metadata through annotation. When Flickr was acquired by Yahoo! membership was just under 300,000 and has since soared to over 2 million users at this time.


How Web 2.0 features are community oriented, allowing better social networking, personalization, and customization.


How Yahoo! (owner of Flickr) is differentiated from Google by way of Yahoo!'s vision for the online community whereas Google is all about using "brute force computation to solve critical problems". As a social medium, content rises in relevance or importance according the social interaction around the content. Caterina highlights Web 2.0 features provided in My Web 2.0 where search engine rankings consider your personal or cultural context as factors in contrast to Google rankings which treat you as part of the flat world without adding a fine degree of individualism.


How video content has been a heated topic on Flickr for some time, but Caterina witholds comment.


More about Caterina can be found on her blog.