Mike Arrington wrote:
“When I see something like this - a service that strives to do one thing efficiently and without friction, it makes my heart warm. Simple does not equal boring. Simple can be disruptive. I want more services like AllYouCanUpload.”
There’s probably an unwritten rule that says you should write something complementary about a person who writes something nice about your product.
In Mike's case I can do that with a completely straight face. We intended to launch a disruptive product. But we never mentioned that to anyone, including Mike. It took him only a few minutes to figure it out. He’s a smart dude. I wish him every success with TechCrunch.
And for those readers who care how we’ll make money, we’ll serve ads around the photos viewed at allyoucanupload.com. Since our Haystack infrastructure was built for Webshots photo sharing service, our marginal costs of servers, data center and bandwidth are low because of the corporate parent, and our Webshots photo screeners are already making sure porn doesn’t go up on Webshots, the marginal cost of allyoucanupload is very low. And that’s part of the reason why we felt we can deliver a disruptive service over the long term. Investing in allyoucanupload should also pay dividends back to Webshots.
We hope Allyoucanupload is a useful image service for people who blog and post on message boards and social networking sites.
It's is part of a larger effort to make Webshots more useful and relevant to users who also blog or who post content in various places around the web. We have a lot of work to do and improvements to Webshots coming this summer. Later this week, I’ll post some design treatments for our upcoming Webshots relaunch (July).
As much as I love the favorable comparisons to imageshack and photobucket, our real competitive target is Yahoo!
Both Yahoo! Photos and (as Yahoo! refers to it) Yahoo!
So please forgive me for taking pleasure from this
post by a Yahoo! flickr user on the speed of allyoucanupload.com. Business is as much about small emotional victories won one customer at a time as it is about market share and budgets.
"real problem that i have with Flickr is that it has always seems pretty slow for me. I know looking over Nick Loeve’s holiday snaps always takes me ages, this was superquick."