Flickr Listened to Me!

I got another “Hold Your Clicks” error page from Flickr just now.I wrote about how annoying and often incomprehensible it is here.

But now they have added an update explaining the problem. It’s dated 9am PDT – one hour ago.

Hold Your Clicks

Hold Your Clicks

The explanation is a bit wordy but it mostly avoids the false informality of the old page. The “drinking a cup of water upside down” will be lost on many but the message should be clear: adding load to our systems only makes the problem worse.

It says that Flickr photostreams are hosted on 62 database clusters. That’s one heck of a distributed system.



3 Responses to “Flickr Listened to Me!”

  1. BKKPhotographer Says:

    There is a long thread about the problems at

  2. BKKPhotographer Says:

    I was still seeing that page in the evening, Thailand time. Clearly drinking a cup of water upside down does not help. Try saying the alphabet backwards.

  3. BKKPhotographer Says:

    They stopped listening. Last time I saw it they showed the page without any explanation.


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