Flickr Adds New 'Groups' Features

Continuing along the recent photography theme (courtesy of Facebook's Camera app), Yahoo-owned Flickr is revamping its Groups feature in the hope of boosting its social presence.

Despite being a firm favourite for the online professional photography community, it is faced with some serious competition from the hipster-loving Instagram, with more and more users recognising the benefits of 'sharing' - so it's great to see the service bringing some much needed life into its social aspect by introducing some sharing-related changes.

First up is the "Justified View" element, to give users a more in-depth experience to viewing their fave images. There's also a sidebar along the right-hand side of the page for additional photo context, and a Flickr Uploader tool allowing photos to be uploaded directly. Third-party app devs? You might want to explore the service even further, if you want to get your hands on the new Group APIs.

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Just to reinforce the sheer popularity of the photography site, there's over 1.5 million groups currently partaking in Flickr activities. With a staggering 1.2 billion photos spread throughout the collective, it's not hard to see why the site is looking to enhance its features - especially when you consider the fact that 850,000 photos are added to the groups daily.

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But will it be enough to keep Flickr at the top of its game? Whilst the changes are most certainly welcomed, the company might need to be a bit quicker on the uptake if it wants to keep up with its competitiors.