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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.

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and joins ITProPortal with just over a year's experience under her online belt. A copywriter by day and a freelance writer by night/weekend, Mariel is an avid volunteer - lending her charitable services throughout the world. Specialising in social media, apps, and video games, Mariel hopes to intertwine her love of technology with the English language to produce amusing anecdotes of ambiguous algorithms and alliteration