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Yahoo trying to Resurrect Flickr? Media Event Scheduled for Monday

By Anthony Thurston on May 17th 2013

Earlier Today Yahoo sent out a press release inviting the media to a special “product-related” event to be held in New York City on Monday afternoon. Bloomberg is reporting that a source close to the matter has told them that the event has been scheduled to announce new updates to Flickr.

I know many people who have not used Flickr in years, but it still remains one of the largest photo libraries and communities on the web. Since taking over Flickr Yahoo has not done much to improve the service, with exception to the recently released mobile apps. But new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been really turning things around at Yahoo (too little too late?) as of late. Could this be what we have all been waiting for? Is Yahoo finally going to focus some resources on Flickr and try to resurrect the photo giant that once ruled the market?


Only time will tell, but rest assured we will be here to report any Flickr related news on Monday afternoon.

My Thoughts

Flickr has long been my favorite photo community. 500px is great as well, but they are two different beasts in my mind. Flickr is aging in its design and features, and if these rumors about updates are true then maybe we will see Flickr attempt to regain some of the popularity that it has lost wile Yahoo all but put out to pasture.

I am excited and hope that Yahoo is finally taking Flickr seriously and planning to spend more time developing and bringing Flickr into the modern era – lol. Things on the top of my list as far as updates I am hoping for are:

  • Updated layout and design – Lets face it. Flickr’s current design and layout is so 2002, lets get that updated and bring Flickr into the web 2.0 era. Im thinking responsive design, clean interface, simple and effective yet pretty to look at. 
  • Customization of profiles/portfolios (a’la 500px)
  • Improved search and navigation, making it easier to find images from people you are not friends with.

What are your thoughts? Is Flickr a lost cause? Are you excited about a possible Flickr update? Let us know in a comment below.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Andy O’Dowd

    So…not Flickr then…:-(

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  2. Albert Valles

    Flickr needs a face lift to love it more!

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  3. Lee Sadler

    I like flickr but it could definitely use a lot of improvements. As far as layout and functionality, they can make it more social media-like, kind of like a hybrid between facebook, google+, and even twitter, but where the main content and sharing is done with images.
    They also really need to redo how chat and messaging works, as well as streamline the forums.

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  4. Aaron Best

    I have really got into Flickr recently and I have got to say the community is great, you can easily find groups that will give you inspiration and tips to improve your photography. I also personally love the simplicity of there built in editor Avairy it is simple yet effective. I also like that it is easy for friends and family to see my pictures on there to see what I have done.

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  5. Andy O’Dowd

    I like the current Flickr layout by and large. Not fancy, not cluttered, not confusing but functional. You need to make sure your pics are doing their job rather than burying them in a clever front-end/interface. Still, it would be nice to have the option to add some fancypants portfolios and customisation.

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