Flickr’s New “Unified Search Experience” Makes Finding Photos Easier

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Flickr, the 10-billion-plus online photo repository, just underwent a major change to make finding what you’re looking for a whole lot easier. Tearing a page from the Google Image Search playbook, Flickr’s “unified search experience” enables users to refine their searches with uncannily accurate results.

Included in the redesign are search filters that can hunt down images by size, color and orientation. According to the official Flickr blog announcement, these new added features would make it possible for a user to key in a search for “panoramic flower photos with red, yellow and magenta hues” and receive relevant search results.

Additionally, search results are now presented in separate categories to help image hunters find photos fast. These are divided up into different categories, and populated by private photostream, personal albums, images from other followed users, and snapshots from the Flickr community beyond.

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According to Flickr, its dramatically improved search functionality is the result of advanced search algorithms that better understand user intent. Image recognition technology has also been folded into the redesign, which means that users won’t necessarily have to tag or label their photos in order to facilitate easier discovery. If you snap a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, for example, you won’t have to bother adding a tag; Flickr will take care of that for you.

Search results are also now made more easily scannable thanks to the inclusion of a new thumbnail view, and loading and scrolling have also undergone significant improvements.

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