Yahoo announced that it has revamped its image search offering to include imagery from Flickr on a personalized basis. In addition to showing web results, it will also now display Flickr-based images from your own Flickr account, from people you follow on Flickr, and "top" public photos from the service.
Yahoo says it only shows images from your Flickr account if they're actually relevant to the search results. We'll see how good they are at that.
The company says in a blog post:
Don’t forget Yahoo also has advanced search options, like color and size, that now apply to both images from the Web and Flickr. And if you’re looking for a photo to use, just select the use case you need in the “License” drop-down menu.
There’s also a new “More images” button that appears on each category of Flickr image results and links directly to Flickr.com for even more photos.
The revamp is currently available in the United States on desktop. It's unclear if and when it will be available on mobile and in other regions.
If nothing else, it's a good example of Yahoo integrating its products together in an organic way. Frankly, it's a little surprising that Yahoo didn't offer personalized Flickr image results in image search before now.
In other image search news, Pinterest just unveiled a new visual search tool that lets you search within image pins to find related items.
Image via Yahoo