Overhauled Look & Enhanced Features Coming To Flickr Next Week

Last month, Flickr announced they were dropping a handful of features. Earlier this month Flickr laid off 12% of its entire staff.  Now BetaBeat is reporting that Flickr is undergoing a dramatic transformation that will be rolled out next week.  The excessive whitespace, small photos and excessive clicks will be replaced by larger photos assembled in a slick layout with the ability to gather more information directly from a gallery page: These changes are being brought about by Markus Spiering, Flickr senior product manager.  Spiering has held this role for just under a year and is r [...]

Pinwheel: Flickr Co-Founder’s New Startup Is Part Flickr, Foursquare & Path

pinwheel-featured Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake's new startup Pinwheel is very interesting -- but it's not an original idea. In fact it's an idea that has been unsuccessfully tried by at least two startups in the past (Socialight and Flook). The central concept is that you can leave public or private geotagged notes that are associated with real-world places and can be discovered by others. Fake explains in her blog post: On Pinwheel you can find and leave notes all around the world. The notes can be public or private, shared with an individual, a group or everyone. They can be organized into sets, such a [...]

Yahoo Lays Off Flickr Customer Service Team, Reportedly 12% Of Entire Staff

flickr-layoffs-featured When Flickr Product Chief Markus Spiering wrote a couple weeks ago about things that were being discarded as part of a "New Year's cleaning," there was no mention it would include the site's core customer service team. But at least some, if not all of that team, was given pink slips on Monday -- and, according to some tweets, it happened without a word of warning or explanation. A Yahoo spokesperson tonight said "no comment" in response to our requests for information about the Flickr layoffs. It's not certain exactly who and how many Flickr employees were fired, but there's plenty of e [...]

Looking For Renewed Focus, Flickr Crops Out Picnik & Axes A Handful Of Features

This year some big changes are coming to Flickr, the popular Yahoo! owned photo-sharing site.  Flickr has been somewhat forgotten in the social ecosystem lately as Google+, Pinterest and Instagram have drawn the most attention.   The current Flickr user tends to be skilled or professional photographers who take pride in photos instead of the casual majority who shoot on a smartphone. In a post by Markus Spiering,  Head of Product at Flickr,  the upcoming changes were explained and he stated: ...we are starting 2012 with a renewed sense of focus. This means discontinuing certain f [...]

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