Yahoo! redesigns Flickr website to make photos star of the show

21 May 2013

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The new-look Flickr. Image via Yahoo! blog

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Photos are now front and centre on Flickr as part of internet giant Yahoo!’s redesign of its photo-management service.

The redesign also offers users up to 1TB of storage for free, and lets users host longer video clips and higher-resolution photos.

Flickr’s stunning new desktop design puts photos at the heart of the experience,” Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer wrote on the Yahoo! blog.

“Built around a new photostream that gives you a vivid and endlessly scrolling gallery, it’s easy to see what your friends are posting and what they’re saying about your photos. And because Flickr has always been about exploring photographs from users around the world, we’ve also created a new slideshow that displays the most spectacular Flickr photos in gorgeous full-screen.”

There’s a caveat, though. Flicker users who want an ad-free interface now face a charge double of what they had to pay before: US$49.99, BBC News Online reported.

In addition, Flickr users who want to double their storage limit to 2TB need to pay US$499.99 a year.

There’s also a new Flicker app for Android devices (an iPhone app was launched in December).

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Tina held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto

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