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Flickr has been updating its services recently, with a new iPhone app launched last month and news this week of changes to its web and Android offerings. Yahoo!’s photo sharing site now features an updated desktop design and a new app for Android users.

Biggr Spectaculr Wherevr

Describing the changes with the words ‘Biggr, Spectaculr, Wherevr’, Flickr breaks down their latest update into three categories. ‘Biggr’ sees the offering of a free 1 Terabyte of space for each free user, cutting the key distinction between the free Flickr accounts and Flickr Pro. Additionally, the maximum photo size is increased from 10MB for free users to 200MB (Mashable), contributing to the service’s key point, the emphasis on allowing users to store and share ‘Spectaculr’ full resolution images. With the recent focus on developing mobile apps, the updated app for mobile phones and tablets using Android software enables photos to be viewed ‘Wherevr’ whilst maintaining their high image quality. A further change to Flickr’s desktop design provides users with a photo stream; a scrolling gallery allowing them to quickly scan through their friends’ images.

Photos Front and Centre

As reported by The Drum, Yahoo!’s CEO Marissa Mayer said about the changes, “We’re thrilled to take Flickr even further with a beautiful, completely re-imagined experience that puts photos front and centre. When it comes to photography, technology and its limits shouldn’t hinder the experience. Flickr’s stunning new desktop design puts photos at the heart of the experience. 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.”

Flickr for Travel Boards

In terms of destinations and tourism organisations, not only do the changes make a Flickr more appealing online space to store and showcase their images, but it is a great source for high quality user-generated content. With CEO Mayer also touching on the global user base and the fact that slideshows of the greatest images will be presented to desktop users, Flickr could be a very interesting platform for tourist boards to explore, for sourcing and sharing content. As we’ve said before, destinations and tourism organisations should certainly keep Flickr on their radars so they don’t miss out on great opportunities to engage with travellers in the future!

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