(The Hosting News) – Yahoo!’s recent purchase of popular blogging platform Tumblr wasn’t the only big news the company recently made. On Monday, the company also announced a revamp of image hosting service Flickr in what Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer called a “completely re-imagined experience.”
The move is long overdue and a warm welcome for what was an aging service.
“Photos tell the stories — stories we’re inspired to relive, share with our friends, or capture simply to express ourselves. Collecting these moments is a part of our everyday. Since 2005, Flickr has become synonymous with inspiring imagery. Today, we’re thrilled to take Flickr even further with a beautiful, completely re-imagined experience that puts photos front and center,” stated Mayer in a Yahoo! blog post appearing on Tumblr.
The revamp includes a new photostream that allows for endless scrolling, also suited for more mobile experiences.
Also in the mix are new slideshows and a new Android-based app. But most important is what Yahoo! is giving users with the change: one terabyte of free space; that’s something the company says could allow users to store as many as 500 thousand full-resolution images.
Flickr originally launched in 2004 but was purchased by Yahoo! in 2005.
To some, Yahoo!’s bid to buy Tumblr was a surprise. The acquisition came with a $1.1 billion price tag for a service that draws in a much smaller revenue on an annual basis. However, the tech giant could use its advertising platform to boost the money Tumblr takes in.
Yahoo! has struggled compared to Google despite remaining one of the web’s most visited destinations.