Flickr has recently had a makeover to make it easier for users to explore the photos their contacts have added. The changes are the work of Markus Spiering, who has been senior product manager at Flickr for a year now. To see the changes for yourself, visit the new pages showing photos from your contacts and photos from your friends and family. They are full of pictures which interlock neatly without cropping, showcasing one picture per contact. It’s a great way to see what your friends have been uploading and what’s new in their lives.
This is the first change in a series of updates slated for 2012 which are designed to improve user interaction on Flickr. It will hopefully re-invigorate the Flickr community, who were at risk of leaving for cheaper alternatives such as Instagram and Google+, both which have a thriving community.
January also brought about cheaper pricing for Flickr Pro options, now costing US$6.95 for three months and reducing the two-year subscription cost by US$5.
Another change expected to be released any day now is the new uploader. Flickr will soon offer a drag and drop uploading interface, which makes it easier to edit photos while uploading.