Flickr, Yahoo!' s photo hosting online service is slated to release few improvements on February 28, according to Flickr's head product manager, Markus Spiering, explained of making extensive changes to the Flickr interface, the first of which will roll out next week, in a meeting with Betabeat, Yahoo's Jason Khoury.
At any rate, some serious changes are forthcoming: the photo view page is far more browsable, with a dynamic layout that minimizes white space and looks suspiciously friendly to touch interfaces.
Spiering said the new photo view will hit on Feb. 28, comes with a completely revamped page, photos look more than four times their current size and lie neatly justified on the page, comes a new upload interface (Flickr's uploading page now looks more like an app than a website), with swoopy drag-and-drop.
New Flickr Upload user interface vs. old:
Flickr missed its chance to be Instagram before Instagram was Instagram; it also faces fierce competition from Google+ and Picasa, which is siphoning off some of the social photographers who make up one of Flickr's core user bases. But Flickr is reorienting according to Yahoo's "mobile first" strategy and the design is thoughtful and forward-looking.
The Flickr API is still one of the most popular public APIs, the company actually has an API for almost every function on the site, he said, although not all are public. He said more than 3.5 million photos are uploaded to Flickr via PC and mobile devices a day.
Adding, he said, "Flickr will continue to make major changes in waves in 2012, but there will be no New Flickr campaign." "It is not as if we close the curtain and all of a sudden say, 'ta da, it's different!'" he said. It does seem as if Flickr has had an attitude readjustment, at the least.