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New Flickr UI with Geotagging is Very Impressive

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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 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.

12 Responses to “New Flickr UI with Geotagging is Very Impressive”

  1. 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.