Soon after buying social media blogging site Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash, Yahoo has overhauled its photo sharing service Flickr. Flickr has been overhauled with high resolution images and larger photos. The new Flickr homepage offer...
Soon after buying social media blogging site Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash, Yahoo has overhauled its photo sharing service Flickr. Flickr has been overhauled with high resolution images and larger photos. The new Flickr homepage offers “endless scrolling” and has ditched the old interface with white space, text and blue links. It now sports a sleek user interface with grid layout of huge pictures in full resolution. Users will be able to share the full-resolution photos by email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr.
Along with the overhaul,Yahoo is making Flickr bigger and offering users whopping 1TB of free storage which can store 537,731 photos of average size. An ad-free option is available for $50 a year and a pro version of the service will set you back $500 for 2 TB of storage.
Yahoo has also launched a power packed Android app with the new photo-centric UI that fills the activity feed with a dynamically resized layout. Flickr looks at the photos in the feed and arranges them to create a solid wall of photos. The good news is that none of the photos are cropped from their original aspect ratio to achieve this effect.
Since acquiring Flickr in 2005 for $35 million US, Yahoo has been criticized for allowing the service to languish with few major improvements. Flickr has seen its popularity wane with the rise of competitors like Instagram, and of social media sites generally, though it still has about 89 million users.
Yahoo has seen some important acquisitions under CEO Marissa Mayers reign like gobbling up mobile apps such as Astrid, Alike, Summly, Milewise, GoPollGo and Jybe. Yahoo! is gradually improving its position as a media company and making some progress toward boosting user engagement on mobile. It recently launched two mobile apps on android and iOS. With the pace Yahoo is expanding is really impressive and I believe it will soon climb the charts and enjoy the view from top.
Image Courtesy | flickr
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