A few weeks ago, Flickr promised a radical revamp of the site. In the last few days of February, it went live. Sort of. In the end the only update made was to the Contacts page, where you can view your online amigos shots. You now have the option to select the ‘Justified View’ which makes more use of the screen. As you can see from the image below. There’s less white space between the photos. And that’s a good thing.
But have a quick glance at the page, and you’ll notice a whole load of white space there at the top. A whole load. Seriously, Flickr…whilst the update is pleasant and welcome, there’s still work to be done. In fact, the updated photo view just highlights the rather old fashioned navigation header.
In Flickr’s defence, there are a couple of mitigating factors. Firstly, they are intending to revamp the site bit by bit over the course of the year. If they broke the site, then the Flickrverse would be mighty upset. So perhaps it’s best to go a bit slowly. Secondly, the flow of photos does load very slickly, much faster than on Google, and the functionality is great. I like that you can see the name of the photographer, and that when you hover the cursor over the image you get more details about the photo come up.
So it’s a good first step. But I can’t help but feel that it’s a view I’ve seen before. On Google. And other sites before Google. And on 500px too. I wrote about 500px a while back. The more I use 500px, the more I like it. In fact, if they did sets (and general organisation) like Flickr, made importing from Flickr easy (and that’s more of a Flickr issue) and had the facility to get my data back out easily then I’d seriously consider switching.
The last point is the most important. You don’t know how long a company will be in business. Last thing you want is your photo host of choice to go bust and take your snaps with them. One of Flickr’s strongest selling points is that it’s likely to hang around a fair bit longer yet. So seeing as they’ve ‘innovated’ by copying others, why not go the whole hog? I’d like Flickr more if it looked a bit more like…