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Flickr has long been a darling of photo lovers, primarily for its minimalist (and intuitive) user interface. However, with over a billion photos, Stewart Butterfield, cofounder of the Yahoo-owned photo service, it is becoming hard to find stuff, and it is time for a new user […]

Flickr has long been a darling of photo lovers, primarily for its minimalist (and intuitive) user interface. However, with over a billion photos, Stewart Butterfield, cofounder of the Yahoo-owned photo service, it is becoming hard to find stuff, and it is time for a new user experience revolving around the concept of discovery.

Search, while it works well on Flickr, needs to be replaced by discovery, he said earlier today while showing off the new UI for service — one that marries serendipity with a map-like user interface and lets the eyes discover the “most interesting.” Yahoo (YHOO) is particularly bullish on geotagging, and the new Flickr interface is a good testimonial.

To me it is a very subtle attempt by Flickr to evolve from an enthusiast service to a visually delightful destination. I captured the demo and Stewart’s thoughts on my newly acquired Sanyo Xacti. Pardon the grainy and shaky images.


  1. Quote of the Week

    “To me it is a very subtle attempt by Flickr to evolve from an enthusiast service to a visually delightful destination.”

    • Om Malik on Yahoo’s updated, geo-centric interface for Flickr in his GigaOm blog
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  2. I think thaz a logocal step.

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  3. Om, this might be a bit off topic but just wondering which Xacti you acquired and what your impressions are? I’ve been thinking about the E1 for it’s ability to be used in less than ideal weather conditions but haven’t been convinced yet. It looks like you may have been shooting in low light… or is this typical of the video output?

    Thanks in advance.

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  4. yeah hopefully Flickr adds Music too*

    WEB3D.0 is the way to go*

    ;))

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  5. great term web3d.0…was thinkin of something for my product. won’t use this though.

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  6. in an hindsight – is it an answers to Google + Youtube ?

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  7. Yes that was really necessary.. Cool!

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  8. Hmm Flickr is still the coolest image hosting plattform

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  9. [...] updated map searching, video support and online picture editing all coming soon it’s looking like good times ahead [...]

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  10. that looks very interesting – maybe their collaboration will turn out great!

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  11. I am baffled how flickr has grown to become one of the web’s most important photo portal. Its importance is going to keep growing as more and more people keep using their service.

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  12. [...] happens primarily through hosting fees and photo printing/merchandising services. Flickr, a wonderful property that Yahoo already owns, has figured out the hosting bit, but its monetization strategy does not [...]

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