Flickr is a popular online photo storage service that has been around for many years and has recently experienced a surge in new activity growing from 5 billion hosted photos in 2010 to housing over 11 billion images today. Much of this growth is likely a result of the service's last major overhaul in May of 2013 which offered 1TB worth of free photo storage to any new or existing users.
Earlier today, Flicker announced yet another major update to the service with some significant changes and tweaks:
- Web and mobile app interfaces have been revamped to make them cleaner with more emphasis on the photos rather than a bulky UI.
- Desktop Uploadr apps for Windows and Mac OS can now automatically store images from your SD card, hard drive, iPhoto, folders, Aperture, Dropbox and more.
- Image searching is much more efficient with better filters, tagging, and image recognition. For example, someone searching for images of the “London Eye” will no longer get photos of someone's eye taken in London, but of the giant ferris wheel attraction.
- New camera roll section functions much like the camera roll found in iOS. You can see a full overview of your uploaded images organized by date taken/uploaded. You can then perform batch actions including privacy changes, edits, album tagging, deletion, and best of all bulk downloading, something that wasn't possible prior to this update.
For those of you who are current Flickr account holders, you can now log in and try out the new interface/features although the update is still being rolled out to all users so you might not notice the changes just yet. If you aren't a Flickr user, but want to score a free terabyte of photo storage, you can sign up here.