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 reportedly very happy to be making these changes to the popular photo site. Not only is Spiering bringing Flickr have a new look, but new functionality as well.
A notable upgrade coming to the new version of Flickr is an improved uploader. Instead of the archaic current uploader:
Flickr will be getting a new drag-and-drop uploader where users can drop in-new photos, edit them and post to their photostream all in one fell swoop:
A new “mobile first” strategy was also mentioned which could help Flickr compete with the likes of Instagram, Google+ and Facebook (all of which have a strong mobile photo presence.) Spiering stated that additional major changes will be coming in 2012 to continue to improve the product. For more information see BetaBeat.
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