Flickr’s Badass New Look. Yeah, Flickr’s Awesome Again.
I’ve always liked Flickr, although lately I had admittedly been looking at it like an old used up friend. It’s not the most fun to be around, and it’s certainly not new and interesting. It just kind of sits there, passively waiting for attention but never desperate for it.
And like an old friend, it’s been around for ages – back when many of us had Geocities websites and were wasting time on Myspace, we were just getting into this new thing called Flickr. It didn’t take long for shiny new websites to compete for our attention too, and the likes of Photobucket, Google+, and 500px stole photographers away. But like an old friend, Flickr was always there.
And then, recently, Flickr came out with a rock solid App that was extremely well received. It gave us hope that Flickr had potential. And as of today, that potential has been realized. Flickr is brand new. Again.
So what’s so good about it?
Most noticeable to long time Flickr users is the totally new look. Gone are the single, low res images and mostly negative space that filled the photostreams of old. As of right now, users’ photostreams are vivid, vibrant, and alive. The focus is now entirely on the photos (as it should be), with photostreams being displayed as the name implies – free flowing, streaming photos of the photographer’s complete work. The look is entirely new, and it’s entirely welcome. It’s what photo sharing should have looked like all along. But hey, better late than never!
The new Flickr gives us a full Terabyte of space to use for uploading an insane number of ultra-high resolution photos. Medium format and D800 shooters rejoice, your 36+ megapixel shots finally have a home!
Flickr gives us the same social sharing tools: groups, sets, forums, and communities. These have been around a while, but it’s now all easily accessible from the home page.
Now’s the time
Many of us always knew Flickr would come around, but a dwindling number had the patience to play the wait-and-see game. Today the wait is over, and I’m happy to say I’ve seen Flickr grow up. If you haven’t tried it yet, now’s most definitely the time. Like all sharing based sites, the more users Flickr sees the better a website it will be for us all!