Shirky on Flickr

Clay Shirky touches upon everyone’s favorite photo-sharing application, flickr.

More importantly for social software generally, both the Flickr API and the inclusion of tags have turned Flickr into a service as well as a site.
…this is the ur-message of Flickr use at ITP — this is what web services looks like when it’s not “Web Services.” No SOAP, no UDDI, no BPML4WS, just good old REST-alicious modeling of resources, and an adopting population that wants to get things done.

Many-to-Many: Notes from ITP: Flickr-as-web-services edition