Flickr Makes Creative Commons Image Search Easier

flickr-cc-search Flickr has quietly rolled out a change to its search interface that makes it a lot easier to find images that are licensed through Creative Commons. There's a new "License" dropdown menu that shows at the top of the search results page, as shown above. It brings Creative Commons search filters right to the user, including "Commercial use allowed" and "Modifications allowed." Publishers and content marketers often rely on these kinds of images to supplement articles and marketing materials. Before the new dropdown, Creative Commons searching was only available through Flickr's Advance [...]

Yahoo Brings Back Flickr/Creative Commons Filtering To Image Search

creative-commons-logo-icon An image search feature that's often used by bloggers and other content producers has found its way back to Yahoo Image Search. The company announced yesterday that its Creative Commons/Flickr search filter is available again, and that it's been expanded to image searches on mobile devices, too. The filter is available at the bottom of the left-hand options menu; clicking "Labeled for Reuse" limits the search results to Flickr images that aren't protected as "All Rights Reserved." This isn't actually a new feature. Yahoo has included Flickr images in image search results since 200 [...]

8 Products That Might Be On Yahoo’s Chopping Block

yahoo-chopping-block-featured Yahoo's product teams are officially on notice. Shortly after announcing Q1 earnings yesterday, new Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson dropped a bomb during the analysts' call when he said the company will be "shutting down or transitioning roughly 50 properties that don't contribute meaningfully to engagement or revenue." He went on to say that Yahoo's focus will be on its "core media connections and commerce businesses," such as Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Mail and a few other successful Yahoo properties. But what about the 50 properties that are destined to be shut down or transitioned [...]

Google’s Gags Go Worldwide For April Fool’s Day 2012

google-racing It was right about this time last year when we gave Google the winner's trophy for a series of gags that put all others to shame. We could do the same again right now, because Google has tried to top itself with another round of April Fool's Day jokes that pretty well span the globe of Google's international properties. Below is a recap of Google's (and a few others) pranks, and we'll do our best to update this as the day goes along. Google Racing: Self-Driving Cars Hit NASCAR The main joke at the moment is Google's "announcement" of a partnership with NASCAR called Google Racing, which b [...]

Flickr (Finally) Has An Android App

It sure took a long time, but Flickr has finally launched its first Android app. Flickr has had an iPhone app for more than two years. The new Android app appears to offer several features not available on the iPhone version -- including filters to help edit photos before publishing, and additional sharing options. The Android app has been described as taking "a few cues from Instagram," which is also expected to launch its first Android app soon. Flickr's Android app is currently available is close to three dozen countries, which are listed on Flickr's help pages. Flickr Phot [...]

Yahoo’s Irving: “Hell Yes” Yahoo Is Committed To Flickr

Yahoo Product Chief Blake Irving just tweeted a ringing endorsement of Flickr, the company's photo sharing site/community. Q. Is Yahoo! committed to Flickr? A. Hell yes we are! We love this product and team; on strategy and profitable. The tweet is no doubt a response to questions earlier this week about Flickr's profitability and the possibility that Yahoo might shutter it (as other Yahoo properties apparently will be shuttered). Long-time Flickr user Thomas Hawk took a stab yesterday at estimating how much money Flickr brings in for Yahoo, and after using what I'd call some question [...]

Flickr Makes Finding Friends A Snap

Flickr wants its users to make more connections and has launched a new tool that simplifies the process: Find your friends. It's a search engine that looks for Flickr users you may know across five platforms: Flickr itself, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, and Facebook. The new tool is accessible via a "People you may know" widget on the Flickr home page, or via a link in the "Contacts" dropdown menu. Recommendations are based on your contacts and the Flickr users they know. In many ways, it's reminiscent of Twitter's ongoing efforts to foster more connections between users. (Facebook [...]

Flickr Redesigns Photo Page

Flickr has redesigned the photo page, the primary page used on by users. The changes include: Photos are 28% larger nowNavigating from photos and to photos is faster nowA new lightbox feature to enlarge photosPreview up five photos at a timeChanged location of photo's title, description, when a photo was taken, it’s location, camera/exif info and your name in one location to the right of the image.Centralized photo actions, like embed, delete, etc. I have been using the beta for a few weeks and I do find the overall new design much faster and more useful. [...]

Flickr Pro Users To Lose Historical Referrer Data Tomorrow

If you're a Flickr Pro user, you have about 24 hours to download the historical stats and referrer data associated with your photos. CSV and/or Excel files are available via your stats page until 12:00 pm PDT tomorrow, June 1st. You'll see a yellow warning message like the one below, with a direct link to the download page: After tomorrow's deadline, Pro users will only be able to access photo stats dating back 28 days. Flickr has gone back and forth with its Pro members on this issue. Historical referrer data has come and gone, and in early March, Flickr first announced that the his [...]

Flickr Adds People Tagging

Flickr, the popular photo sharing site, has added Facebook-like people tagging. The purpose behind people tagging is to easily tell people when you upload a picture that includes them. In short, it is a fun way to make your pictures more social and have discussions around your photos. Let me show you how it works. For example, the picture I took of Danny Sullivan with (former Microsoft's) Kevin Johnson at a past SMX conference was a nice photo of Danny to tag. I click on the "add person" link on the right side of the page and begin entering in Danny's name. Since Danny is a contact of [...]

Flickr Now Has An iPhone App

This morning, TechCrunch reported that Flickr's iPhone app has finally made it to the iTunes Store. It is free and can be downloaded by clicking here. I gave the app a quick go, and I really think it was done exceptionally well. Here is a walk through, screen by screen. The app icon is plain and simple: When you load up the app and past the start screen, images are displayed on the front page. But the images has slow motion to them, as they pane in and out between other images. If you are logged in, you get images from your friends as well. Here is a screen cap of that page: [...]

Yahoo Enhances Flickr Search

Just when you think Yahoo is out of the search game, they strut their stuff with an improved Flickr search. Flickr, the popular image service, has revamped the Flickr search page. The changes include: "View" controls to see the image results in small, medium or detailed view or even to see them as a slideshow. "i" icon on small and medium views, when clicked you get more detailed information about a particular photo. Perspective column on right, can show groups, photographers, tag clusters and places. Refinement summary information displayed on the search results. [...]

Getting Links AND Content From Flickr

You can get more than just links from social media. You can also get really great content. And one of the best places to find free content is on Flickr. There are tons of ways to use Flickr. If you can take a great photo, you can use Flickr to build inbound links and get your photos showing up in places like Consumerist and Epicenter. You can use Flickr's comment area to build links that drive traffic and exposure. However, one of my favorite ways to use the site is to follow a link AND content development strategy. And that's what this article is about helping you learn to do. I'll sta [...]

Yahoo Upgrades Flickr Mobile; Google Upgrades Picasa

Photo search took a couple steps forward today with announcements from both Yahoo and Google. The news from Yahoo is a mobile makeover of its Flickr photo sharing site, while Google announced a variety of improvements to its Picasa photo service. Here's a look at the two announcements: Flickr's "Mobile Makeover" With visits to Flickr's mobile site ( up more than 50% in the past year, the mobile site now shares much of the same features and functionality that Flickr users are familiar with on the main site. The Yahoo announcement trumpets the new video playback capabili [...]

Flickr Partners With Getty Images To License Images

Getty Images Begins Licensing Flickr Photos from TechCrunch reports Getty Images and Flickr have formed an agreement to allow Getty Images to potentially license images from Flickr's users. Getty editors will scan through the Flickr database using tools developed by both companies. When the editor finds an image of interest, Getty will contact the owner of the photo and work out a deal. Getty will share the licensing fees with the photo's owner. Getty hopes to add thousands of images to their database. There is no formalized fee-structure; each deal will be negotiated individually. Gett [...]

Flickr Founders Fake & Butterfield Latest To Leave Yahoo

Yahoo feels like a nation that won its independence only to see all its leaders immediately flee the country. The latest emigrants: Flickr cofounders Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield. Their departure is unlikely to stall Flickr, but it gives a terrible impression of Yahoo as a company in further disarray. TechCrunch broke the news of the departures. Valleywag has Butterfield's resignation letter, where he alludes to Yahoo being a company that had expanded beyond its core "tin" production to the degree he felt "my ability to contribute has dwindled to near-nothing." [...]

Flickr Launches Video; It’s Not A YouTube Clone

Flickr is arguably the jewel in Yahoo's crown -- a great site that in many ways has no peer. Now, after a long wait, video has been added. One might imagine that this is intended to compete with Google's YouTube, but as the Flickr blog explains the new capabilities have been set up to complement the existing Flickr culture and community. It's very different than YouTube. Videos are limited to 90 seconds and can only be uploaded by "pro" account holders (paid). Everyone can watch video, however. There's an emphasis on personal material and not third-party or copyrighted clips (e.g., The Dail [...]

Despite Takeover Turmoil, Yahoo Not Rolling Over & Playing Dead

A curious thing is happening: Yahoo seems to be executing in the midst of the chaos of uncertainty surrounding its future. Speaking at an IAB event yesterday, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang [...]

The Library of Congress Teams Up With Flickr

The Library of Congress has teamed up with Flickr to create The Commons. The Library of Congress has added a sample of their over one million photos to Flickr, so that the Flickr community can help describe the photos through tagging. My Friend Flickr: A Match Made in Photo Heaven from the Library of Congress Blog writes that the goal of this partnership is to help "better access to our collections, and how to ensure that we have the best possible information about those collections for the benefit of researchers and posterity." They have selected about 1,500 photos each from two of their m [...]

Flickr Launches Stats: Detailed Overview

Flickr just announced the launch of Flickr Stats for Flickr Pro accounts. Who doesn't love stats? Now having them on my Flickr account makes me incredibly happy. Here is a detailed look at what Flickr Stats has to offer on the day it launched. Activating Flickr Stats Flickr Stats is only available to Pro users at this time; for you to use this feature, you will need to upgrade your account to Pro status. Once you do that, then you can activate your stats by going to Flickr Stats and clicking "activate." Flickr then tells you to check back in 24 hours, but it only took five minutes for m [...]

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