Flickr redesigns search results...

Wed 5 August 2009 09:04, Bas van den Beld

Flickr redesigns search results...

Yahoo maybe 'under the influence' of Microsoft and 'powered by Bing' when it comes to their searchengine, there are still a lot of other Yahoo products on the web. Most of them pretty succesfull. One of them is Flickr, the photo-service which allows you to store and share your pictures online.

It's also a great database of images for those looking to use the images on the web or in presentations. It was however always a drag to find the pictures you really wanted. Searching for images always took up a lot of time. Until now. Flickr has announced it has improved their search engine results, making them more accessible. And they succeeded.

Flickr made several changes which can be seen right away when searching for images.

Flickr_new_search_overview
Some of the changes Flickr has made are:

  • “View” controls at the top of the page which allow you to display the results in different sizes and formats. The "Small" gives you a big page with a lot of images, detail is the 'old' familiar look and medium gives you three in a row.
  • Also on top you pick images which are relevant, recent or just 'interesting'.
  • Views have an ‘i’ icon on every thumbnail which, when clicked, gives you more detailed information about a particular photo
  • Resizing: when resizing your window Flickr resizes with you so you are always able to see the most important images or the information you opened up
  • On the right next to the search results you now get more information based on other users. You can for example see groups, related photographers, tag clusters and places that are most closely related what you’re looking for.
  • On some pages Flickr now also gives a detail summary information.
Flickr_new_search_information
Flickr_new_search_details
The changes look good and make it a lot easier finding the images you are looking for. Flickr says it will be bringing more changes in the future. Let's hope they are as usefull as these. It would for example be nice if they added even more 'social' elements. They now have the opportunity to add stuff like Twitter sharing, delicious-sharing, user- finding, alerts and so forth.


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