Flickr has been rolling out what they call the “Justified” view of photos for the last few months, including it in various parts of the site as a nicer way to look at photos. Well, they announced in a blog post that they’re now bringing it to Groups, and it makes the whole experience a lot more fun and a little more social. I take a look below.
The new view slaps photos alongside one another in any arrangement that leaves the most white space, similar to what I imagine a professional photographer does when scanning for his best photo. The layout isn’t unsimilar to Facebook’s photo feed and Instagram’s style, and I’d be surprised if someone over at Flickr isn’t watching Pinterest to get some inspiration to see how one of the fastest growing image sites is treating its users.
The main social element of the Justified groups view is the group discussions on the left side of the page. It makes it easy to see the feel of the group, what are people talking about and how they feel about the photos in the set. I believe Flickr will continue to make incremental improvements to the social capabilities in the coming months as Pinterest gains steam. The two aren’t direct competitors, but many photographers will probably enjoy browsing Pinterest and if they come back to Flickr and feel the site is old-fashioned, it won’t be good. Pinterest has raised the bar for social imagery.
There are other new features with the update, check them out at the Flickr blog.