June 29, 2007

Yahoo, Google Upgrade Their Photo Products

Yahoo Image Search now incorporates images on Yahoo's photo sharing website, Flickr.
The company said this integration will now offer web users a database of over 300 million images in addition to their regular indexed images from the web. The images hosted on Flickr would be credited to the photographer, and will link through to other shots taken by that person.


Yahoo hopes this new addition would boost the quality of the image searching. Company representatives told the media that they wanted to build a scalable integration that surfaced the freshest, most relevant content from Flickr. As a result, Yahoo! built this integration via a direct feed versus an API, ensuring timely results for image queries, including any modifications or additions that are made in Flickr.

Meanwhile, Google has also made significant changes on its photo sharing product, Picasa web albums. Picasa users now have the option to place images in their Picasa Web Albums on an online map where people with whom those photos have been shared, can then see where the images were captured using either Google Maps or Google Earth.

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