For the first time, photos though limited from Flickr appeared in Yahoo! Search results. Lingxian Ding on Yahoo! Search blog posted that the “integration is starting with searches like funny photos, interesting photos, travel and black and white.” It’s a very limited trial (those are literally the only search queries that appear to bring back Flickr results) but the company will presumably expand the integration across more search results in time.
Now you can find this experience through Yahoo! Search. Try searching for funny photos and you’ll find hilarious and wacky Flickr photos of animals, kids, and signs. Searching for things that people think are funny is a good example of a query where combining what the community knows (and tags) with what algorithms can compute can lead to better search results.
If you are looking for striking photos, try searching for interesting photos. Sifting through these images makes me wish I could take a few months off to travel the world and just take pictures. Or, I guess I should finally go take that photography class I’ve been thinking about. For now, I’ll continue to appreciate the collection of images from various photography groups on Flickr. Try searching for travel photography, nature photography, or black and white photography.