Friday, November 16, 2012

7 Years later...Zooomr goes out with a fizzle.

After 3 years of not responding to user complaints, tech support issues, and hundreds of pleas for help, the folks at Zooomr have finally responded, by locking everyone out of the service and claiming that they are "re-releasing" Zooomr.  Problem is, all of the photos that have been posted to the site over the last 7 years are no longer there, nor are the user accounts.  I predict that this is the last we will see of Zooomr, it's an easy out for them at this time, to come back and say that "it didn't work out" and they are sorry.  It should come as no surprise I guess, the footer on stated (in Japanese) that the site was no longer supported, no longer developed, and should be "used at your own risk".

To be honest, I'm not sure how anyone in their right mind would still be using the site given the history, the failures, and the lack of support from those running the site, maybe, just maybe, this is finally it?  Then again, maybe this really is what the Zoooomr team wants?

Monday, May 17, 2010

What about Creative Commons - Non-Commercial?

Doesn't this throw out all of the licensing rules of Creative Commons that Zooomr allows users to set? Isn't this also what everyone was griping about when Flickr did the same?

"...By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing. You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content. Zooomr does not assert any ownership over your User Content; rather, as between us and you, subject to the rights granted to us in these Terms, you retain full ownership of all of your User Content and any intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights associated with your User Content." kettle.

Friday, June 19, 2009

DELETE ME !#*%#&*@%!

So, we are rolling up on one year since Kristopher's "we're working on it" comment regarding user's ability to be able to delete their own accounts and remove their photos from Zooomr...add one more empty promise to the pile.

Monday, June 1, 2009


So it seems that Zooomr has gone to the SPAM bots...

Complaints have been rolling in for a few months, yet the have fallen on deaf ears. So many blog-SPAM comments are coming through from that Akismet is now blocking even legitimate ones...yet nothing has been done to correct this.

I guess that's what happens when you let go of the wheel and allow the ship to run itself.