Flickr Rolling Out New Google+ Style Photo Pages with a Nifty Side Panel


Flickr’s recent attempt at a major website redesign didn’t go over very well with many of its users, so now the Yahoo-owned company is taking the feedback it received to try again. A help page on the Flickr website reveals that a new photo page is currently being rolled out across the service.

The new photo page design, shown above, takes a page from Google+’s book by featuring metadata and comments in a new sidebar. By comparison, here’s what photo pages current look like prior to the change:


…and a comparison to what Google+ photo pages have looked like for quite some time now:


Flickr says that the goal of the new design is to make information easier to get to while still featuring user photos as prominently on the page as possible.

In addition to having information “above the fold” in the sidebar, the things you’ll see will be more fresh. Comments are now displayed with the most recent ones first, meaning you won’t need to scroll to see the latest discussions on images.

The pages are also designed to feel more like lightboxes rather than standalone photo pages. Clicking the “x” in the upper right hand corner of a photo page will return you to the page you were when you opened up the photo. Clicking on the blank space to the sides of the photo will take you to the previous or next photo.

If you haven’t seen a button allowing you into the new design, just sit tight — Flickr says it’s opening it up to more and more users every day.

  • Ricky Blanco

    Can we stop changing it and just make it WORK…

  • Davor

    Really! I love Flickr but they got get their s@#t figured out and get on with it!

  • Kate Hailey

    here here!

  • John Westrock

    The new image detail page is horrible. The sidebar is too small. The comments are too small. The comment box is too small. Where’s the EXIF data? Can’t “right click” on the image and see all sizes. It’s slower. The arrows to paginate are on top of the image. Tags have become “hashtags”.

    Flickr is removing the “Photography” part from their site and replacing it with “Social” which is dumb. If I wanted that, I’d use G+ or BookFace or whatever. They’re conforming to everyone else’s standards. They use to lead the way with this stuff. Marissa Mayer is destroying Flickr. Is she even a photographer? Has she used the service since its inception? Probably not.

  • Fernando Callo

    I think is better to have all the info right there without scrolling except for the comments. This also means that the photo will be almost fullscreen since now it shows two black bars if your photo is not a panorama.

  • BinoyBhushan

    The new outlay is plain horrible. God knows what the designers over at Yahoo are smoking, must be pretty heavy stuff. As if the new flickr design was not bad enough, now this bullcrap. Can’t even find the option to share image via BB code. Now if they decide to force this on every user, I don’t foresee a very bright future for Flickr.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    It’s like Google changing YouTube, every change it gets worse and worse.

  • bill benson

    Flickr looks like every other site now, but works worse than all others combined.

  • Wolfgang_Zimmerman

    Hear, hear.

  • Leif Sikorski

    I didn’t liked the old version where it was necessary to scoll so much. The new one isn’t perfect, but much better than before. (personal taste)

  • Ygor Oliveira

    “Where’s the EXIF data? Can’t “right click” on the image and see all sizes. It’s slower”

    These things made me roll back to the older interface in like, 3 minutes.