Downright adorable Flickr founder wishes Microsoft had bought Yahoo

In an interview with ZDNet, Flickr cofounder Stewart Butterfield says that he wished Microsoft's bid for Yahoo had gone through — and that the now-scuppered deal wasn't the reason he resigned from Yahoo earlier this month. "Once the ball was rolling I would have rather seen the acquisition happen, he said. "I think a lot of damage was done to Yahoo." The admission will likely shock the Yahoo-owned photo-sharing site's faithful core of hardcore fans, who created satirical Microsoft Flickr logos in response to the software giant's bid. Butterfield also implies that Flickr would have been better off under Google's ownership, since that company was more willing to spend on speculative ventures. It's not a purely hypothetical question: Google was very interested in buying Flickr, but the search engine hesitated, and Yahoo ended up buying Flickr instead. I could go on analyzing Butterfield's comments, but I've become too distracted by a Flickr search of photos which demonstrate how fricking cute he is. The results:

Downright adorable Flickr founder wishes Microsoft had bought Yahoo

Downright adorable Flickr founder wishes Microsoft had bought Yahoo

Downright adorable Flickr founder wishes Microsoft had bought Yahoo

Downright adorable Flickr founder wishes Microsoft had bought Yahoo

Downright adorable Flickr founder wishes Microsoft had bought Yahoo

(Photos by Stewart Butterfield, maguisso, doctorow, oreilly, dsifry, heather)