Yahoo Image Search Incorporates Flickr Photos

    June 26, 2007

Flickr is owned by Yahoo, and now the two operations are closer than ever- photos from Flickr have been integrated into Yahoo Image Search.

“Yahoo Image Search is serving over 300 million Flickr photos in its query results via a live feed from Flickr,” reports Search Engine Journal’s Loren Baker, “so once an image is uploaded to a Flickr account, it’s available via Yahoo Image Search too.”  Baker compares that to just 3.7 million Flickr photos that are available through Google Image Search.

An added bit of niftiness in this new development: “The Flickr photos in Yahoo Search will be marked by Flickr account name, and searchers can click on the name to view and search all photos by that Flickr user.”

For example, the first result for “Csaba Csere” (the editor-in-chief of Car and Driver) is a photo from the user “dck47.”  Now, click on that name, and I’ll give you a moment to peruse dck47’s photos of a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera . . .

Right.  Back on topic.  Yahoo appears to have put a lot of effort into Flickr lately – in the past month, the photo-sharing site has added support for seven languages, addressed issues of censorship, and been named heir to Yahoo Photos’s throne.  The results are impressive.

There’s still room for improvement, however.  “Ideally, it would also be nice to also be able to search or rank images via tags and other attributes in Yahoo Image Search,” writes Baker.  And in a perfect world, that Lambo would be silver, not orange.