Simon Batistoni
Engineering Manager, Yahoo! Inc (Flickr)


Simon is still surprised that he’s a software engineer, despite the fact that he’s been doing it for a decade now.

After a varied career involving Estate Agents, internet radio, amateur writers, fine art, international websearch and babelfish, Simon joined Flickr in late 2006 as the site’s lead internationalisation engineer.

You may know him from such Flickr features as the site’s invites system, and “People in Photos”. He now leads Flickr’s Application Engineering team, and still spends a lot of time dreaming up new and inventive ways to combat spam.


Location: 2006 Level:
Mikhail Panchenko (New Relic), Simon Batistoni (Yahoo! Inc (Flickr))
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 12 ratings)
Spam is the unpleasant, grimy underbelly of the social web. Social sites cannot afford to ignore spam; it damages their credibility and ruins the user experience. This talk will detail the lessons of Flickr's past false starts in fighting spam, as well as what we are doing to be more efficient at curtailing it. We will cover both technical and human sides of the problem and some solutions. Read more.
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