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Chief Yahoo Marissa Mayer looked pretty damn chipper as she took the stage in a small room overlooking Times Square, late yesterday afternoon.
Technically, the press had gathered for the announcement of a revamped Flickr. (It’s biggr! It’s spectaculr!) An entire lounge had been papered over with giant images pulled from the service, and in the square below a mob of T-shirt-wearing fans/paid actors were jumping up and down and hollering and waving Flickr signs in celebration.
But with David Karp slouched in the front row, it was clear this was about more than the addition of full-bleed photos to a decade-old service.
Hack Hack Hack Hack It Apart
One day after hacktivist collective Anonymous claimed to have stolen 15,000 membership records from the “semi-official” North Korea government outlet uriminzokkiri.com, the country’s official Flickr and Twitter accounts have also been hacked. So far, the @uriminzokkiri account has tweeted five times to signal that several North Korean websites, including ryomyong.com and uriminzokkiri.com” had been hacked.
Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
Photobucket–the janky-looking, but still widely-used image-hosting site once owned by News Corp–is debuting a serious overhaul for the first time in years with an emphasis on taking control of the lifecycle of your photos and videos, CEO Tom Munro told Betabeat. With a significant redesign and new privacy controls, Photobucket hopes to best Facebook, Flickr, and the like as your default storage space to organize and share photos and soon “tell stories.”
Photobucket lurched towards a comeback last year when Twitter decided to use its technology to power native photo sharing. However, consumers might be more likely to associate the service, which launched in 2003, with eBay sellers or their LiveJournal or MySpace account. (The company claims that currently Photobucket, which has 10 billion photos, is second only to Facebook in terms of uploads.)
One Phone to Rule Them All
Flickr just released its quarterly stats report, which reveals a few fun facts. Did you know that there are now 7.2 billion photos on Flickr, with users uploading 2,500 new photos a minute? Did you know that there are 228,207,499 Creative Commons-licensed photos on Flickr?
Most interesting, though, were the stats about camera choices among Flickr’s community. The most popular camera is the iPhone 4, followed by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, followed by the iPhone 4S, followed by the Canon EOS Rebel T2I and Nikon D90.
That’s a lot of play for the iPhone 4′s 5-megapixel camera and the iPhone 4S’s 8-megapixel camera on a site that attracts a lot of professional photographers as well as amateurs who take themselves pretty seriously.
More changes from Flickr, which has kicked into high gear so far in 2012 in order to drag the still-popular photo sharing site out of the early aughts. Today the company announced that the main photo page will now show hi-res images in a “liquid” layout, so that the size of the photos will change according to the browser size.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
One of Pinterest’s problems: the overpowering temptation to post without proper attribution or regard for copyright. Rather than bet against social media users’ laziness, the social network is partnering with Flickr to ensure attribution is automatic and impossible to edit. By God, you will credit photographers correctly.
Images pinned from Flickr will now include the photographer’s name, the photo’s title, and a link to the original photo page. That holds true regardless whether it’s been pinned via link or bookmarklet. Even Flickr photos pinned from other websites–as long as they are still hosted on Flickr–will be tagged. Pinterest has also retroactively applied the change to older pins. Perhaps they’d prefer not to have a repeat of February’s little incident, where Flickr disabled pinning for all copyrighted images? UPDATE: It’s only fair to point out that Pinterest actually provided the code that enabled the disabling, which Flickr then quickly implemented.
The photo-sharing service continues to roll out updates to a long-stagnant product with a faster, prettier uploading page. The new Flickr photo and video uploader allows users to drag and drop files into the browser and then drag thumbnail previews around to reorder photos before they hit your photostream. Users can also zoom, rotate or sort photos by title from the new so-called Uploadr, which was announced this afternoon.
In a bizarre missive with a linkbaity headline, Buddy Media CEO Michael Lazerow declared “I Have Sex With My Co-Founder. And I Like It.” Okay, thanks for sharing?
Mr. Lazerow, whose business partner is his wife Kass, claims that many cofounder relationships resemble marriages, and therefore you should vet cofounders much the way you would a potential mate. So basically, don’t found a company with someone who is emotionally unavailable or unhealthily obsessed with his mother? Good to know.
Flickr, in the midst of its most drastic makeover since its acquisition by Yahoo, just announced it will be rolling out a new embedded photo editor to users over the next few weeks starting tomorrow. The HTML editor will be powered by New York online editing software-maker Aviary.
“We listened to you to find out what you value the most in an online photo editor, and the same 2 attributes kept coming back: speed and simplicity,” Flickr said in a blog post today.
Flickr has approached in-app photo editing in baby steps. In 2007, Flickr encouraged users to use Picnik’s third party editor to tweak their shots. (Picnik, which was bought by Google, will be shuttered later this month.) Aviary, which has a third-party app that lets users flow their Flickr photos into its online editing suite, will be replacing that functionality.
So Refresh and So Clean
Flickr has started rolling out those major changes we told you about, and the early reviews are glowing. The “contacts” screen where Flickr shows new photos from your Flickr friends used to look like a tiled bathroom wall that was mostly caulking; the photos were tiny and there was a ton of white space. Now photos are larger and each row is neatly justified to span the width of the screen, filling in the white space without cropping or altering any individual photo. It’s a simple change, but it’s the most significant makeover Flickr’s had in years.
As Flickr explained:
We created this new view to make it easier to see the stories your friends are telling with their photos. While the previous layout choices are still available, the new design optimizes for seamlessly displaying more images at larger sizes, so you can see more of the activity from contacts, friends and family at once.
Needless to say, our Justified layout always respects the aspect ratio of the original image and will never crop your photos. We’ve also added quick access to comment on and fave directly on photos in this view.
Flickr will be rolling out the new view to all its users this week. The initial response from the photo site’s often-critical crowd: delight!