I looked up the site, probably the next day, and couldn't really figure out what it was for, so never visited again. I'm obviously not the target market, but that's one of the funnier memories I have of Silicon Valley and its culture.
Also, I'm a little surprised it's lasted this long. I didn't expect it to, given my impression of it at the time. Good for them.
"Oh, look, a 3D-esque triangle! 4 clicks to boobs, 7 clicks to gratuitous pron"
Was a good source of inspiration, sad to see it go nonetheless.
I didn't know I want this site until now, I suppose this kind of stuff is on artsy Tumblr blogs but I don't know where to find those.
It's in the post-war Metabolist style. If you want more of that stuff specifically, go where architecture students hang out. Ideally IRL...
There's also (again, specific to that style) a good recent book of interviews on Metabolism by Rem Koolhaas et al.
I really liked it for several reasons
- it was one of the few web 2.0 services wave still alive (around 10 years)
- during this time it's been always useful, without any redesign nor relaunch (10 years with the same product!!)
- super simple design
- organic growth, it didn't have any pretension to grow. In fact it was very limited
- it was created by the japanese studio Tha.jp, you could feel japanese design in every detail
- although it's true that there was a lot of NSFW content (specially lately) it was a really serendipitous experience for design inspiration. It was so random that it had nothing to do with trends, that for example you can easily spot in other design inspiration sites such as Pinterest or dribbble
- there were no comments, just likes (much before Fb or IG)
- the recommendation algorithm it was very weird, no actual visual similarity, no the typical more liked pictures or anything easy to find pattern in it(my guess is that it was not very well coded ;) but at the same time it was perfect in terms of discovering new stuff, so it worked in that sense.
Well,as I said, it will be missed. Long live ffffound!
BTW: some years ago, predicting the service was about to close (because of inactivity and server issues) I wrote a small script to backup the account. I leave it here just in case is helpful for anyone.
Would you recommend it?
I'm in ur content, savin some culture.
I tried couple of times, then gave up. Some 3-4 years ago was the last time I explored getting an invite, it was around the same time I kind of quit this hobby of being a shutterbug. Of course the two arent't related. I figured I haven't got what it takes. Besides I just hated spending time on taking photos and I would often forget to take photos of good views, scenes, or moments and by the time I would ready the camera it would be too late. No regrets though. Also, I suffered from "what DSLR is best at price X" condition for a long time.
But still every time I land on a Flickr page (esp. after it was Yahoo'ed) I can't help thinking whether there is any Flickr replacement that is not bloated and then only name comes to my mind was of Ffffound (I always used to get the F count wrong).
the decline in 2015 might be the push by google for mobile friendly sites.
Looking like @newsblur is the @pinboard of Google's deliciousing of Reader.
1 Nov 2011, @jkottke
Funny how memory can be so unreliable – wikipedia says the site was started in 2007, yet in my mind it's been around a lot longer than that. That places it only one year before Obama ran for president – which feels like yesterday, but is also nearly a decade ago.
But the justifications for gating sites like this one or Dribbble has left me with an incredible distaste for the industry because it's fairly prevalent. I recall being in class and having the elite designers scoff from their towers over the lesser skilled individuals, as if somehow there's no way anyone else could attain the skill necessary to improve their own ability. Even my ex-Creative Director who studied under some ridiculously strong designers (e.g. Paul Rand) had that mindset where you either had it or you didn't.
In contrast, when I'm learning things like deep learning or math, you have incredibly smart people who put out tons of free information or books, who actively help others on forums/Quora/SO on their quest to become better. And most importantly, believe in the individual to become a better person.
Applied fields have a much higher barrier to entry in my experience as a designer with a background in the applied sciences. In contrast, anyone can emulate their favorite designer and 'fake it till they make it'.
I mean, is that untrue?
I guess the exclusivity is really helping. Popularity rankings alone can't solve minimum quality barriers. I just wished I had found it earlier, now it's shutting down.
Sorry those designers were dicks to you, we're not all like that.
I guess you can say that about any community which allows new people, and you can even keep saying it every year. I used to be (and I guess still am?) a member of a Turkish web site called "Ekşi Sözlük", which used to (and maybe still does) mark your account with a generation flag which anyone could see. I remember discussions about Xth generation people being so not receptive of the community values and such... Just as in real life which happens with the birth years.
I guess this behavior has a name but I don't know what to search for.
I was thinking more about the hostility towards the new.
Within programming, there is plenty of room for taste and finesse and snobbery at higher levels of abstraction, but the field is naturally gated for us by a hard meritocratic absolute. In most fields, it's not that way at all.
"FFFFOUND gets LLLLOST"
For example page 2 has everything from a topless woman on a window sill to an old black and white photo of someone bowling. Etc.
Years ago I did development in a small design shop as a student and all of the designers had FFFound up at least once a day if not more.
"FFFFOUND! is a web service that not only allows the users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user's tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!!"
It's easy to take for granted now, but ffffound was before tumblr and really before Facebook was a household name. It predates the current use of the word meme.
It's very much a bastion of the 2000's internet. In terms of long-term personal internet use ffffound for me is only second to boingboing (which I feel is nearing an end as well).