The Flickr Makeover: Reviews from Reporters, Social Media Pros

June 6, 2013

By: Elizabeth
To speak in dating terms, Flickr and I have been on a long break. Sure, things were good between us at first. But, after a while, I found it wasn't meeting my needs. By that time, alternative options had appeared – younger, flashier, smarter and more social options. While I was out getting to know the other fish in the sea, Flickr seemed to disappear off to sulk. I thought I had seen the last of it.
Wrong. Fellow 90s kids: remember that scene in the movie “She's All That” when Rachael Leigh Cook's character takes down her pony tail, switches to contact lenses and is suddenly gorgeous and cool? That's what Flickr just did. So, do I pull a Freddie Prinze Jr. and come crawling back after the makeover?
In cases like these, it's wise to get a second opinion. Here's what people are saying about The New Flickr:
VentureBeat: “Why the 'New Flickr' still falls short” Guest poster Cap Watkins of Etsy says that Flickr doesn't seem to know its customer and the new design feels disjointed. Additionally, photos don't load smoothly or quickly.
Los Angeles Times: “A return to the new Flickr” LA Times staff reporter Robert Lachman notes that Flickr makes it easy to upload and share lots photographs, with an emphasis on organizing them into sets and collections. It also makes it simple to join groups, critique photos, make comments and interact with others.
CNET: “Flickr users: We hate the new site” Columnist Lance Whitney reports that commenters on Flickr's forum say they don't like the new site format and want an option to revert to the old layout.
The Verge: “Yahoo unveils the new Flickr with one terabyte of free space” Reporter Nathan Ingraham notes that the big news is the free space Flickr is offering.
TechHive: “Flickr's new interface emphasizes social media, but will anger long-time users” A longtime Flickr user, Senior Editor Jackie Dove sees both pros and cons.
What do you think of the new Flickr?

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