The Great Echofon Conspiracy (feedback, of a sort)

In the past, I’ve been a pretty vocal fan of Echofon for my iPhone.  It’s slick-looking, fast, and has cool features like tag muting and photo uploads to Flickr. I liked it so much I happily paid $4.99 for the ad-free version.

And do I ever love the Flickr integration; I’ve posted over 750 790 photos to Flickr since I started using it.

I often sent in bug reports and feature requests like this one, suggesting that they add the Flickr upload utility to the Mac desktop version of Echofon.  While naan studio has online support forums, although marked as public discussions, all current discussions are actually private and only are readable by their staff and the user that created it.  This effectively eliminates any “me too” comments by users.

However, with the release of version 5 (back in October 2011), naan studio dropped the Flickr integration (and ping.fm) and made other changes. Photo uploads defaulted to Lockerz which caught me (and many others) by surprise.

I’ve contacted the developers a few times since October, asking they put Flickr back in. Nada.

Obviously, as of the time of this writing, they haven’t. Which leads me to wonder *why* they removed something that do many people used?  A quick check shows over four hundred thousand photos have been taken with Echofon and uploaded to Flickr.

Stop, put on your tinfoil hat, and read on.

Now, we know the Flickr integration worked, and worked well, so it stands to reason that they didn’t remove it because it worked. Something had to make them change it.

I will float the conspiratorial idea the developers worked out some kind of deal (revenue share?) with Lockrz in exchange for dumping Flickr.  Or, they could be in league with aliens who don’t want us to use Flickr.

I did warn you to our your tinfoil hat on, didn’t I? ;-)

From my perspective, they dumped Flickr, pushed users to Lockerz without notifying them that their photos were now going to Lockerz, effectively halving the awesomeness that is echofon.

When I found out that my photos were being dumped on Lockerz, I had to create an account, find a way to link it to my photos, delete them, and then manually upload them to Flickr.

Next up was to get the old version of Echofon back. I fired up Time Machine, found the old version of Echofon, nuked 5.x off my iPhone, then reinstalled 4.x onto my phone, and reconfigured Echofon and Flickr. That takes about twenty minutes.

All of this said, I believe this is one of the larger software development blunders I have seen lately.

Okay, I guess you’re right. That isn’t much of a conspiracy theory.  But it is sad, because now I have to find an iOS Twitter client that has Flickr uploading built in. Suggestions?

2 thoughts on “The Great Echofon Conspiracy (feedback, of a sort)”

  1. Users should always have control over where their media goes. It isn’t a link shortening service or something, it is my content, and I don’t want just any site to have it. Silly company making big mistake.

  2. I’d’ve suggested Instagram, but they’re owned by Facebook now… (maybe, probably, paperwork is yet to be completed.)

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