Entertaining Error Message: Bad Panda! by Flickr

October 7, 2013

We’re always on the lookout for entertaining error messages. I was so happy when I came across the one below from Flickr. I do a lot of image research, and sometimes it can be a daunting task. I was happy when this cute photo popped up just in time for a break.

I personally didn’t take Flickr to be a playful brand, but this image proved me wrong. There is no correlation to the site being down, or the images I was searching, but it sure was entertaining! The image reminded me of my three-year-old daughter—making me miss her—which goes to show that pictures do evoke emotion. Since Flickr is all about image sharing, you know there are millions of emotions and stories stored on their site that can be used in creative Flickr error message screens as powerful as this. What stories does your brand have to tell? Use it to surprise and delight a website visitor at an unsuspecting moment.

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