Yelp Experiments With Categorized Photo Browsing

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Yelp announced a new way to browse photos - by category. You can now browse by things like food, interior, outside, drink, and menu.

The feature comes as the company has been experimenting with using neural networks to learn more about the content in user photos.

"Each photo a Yelp community member takes provides meaningful information to other people, but sometimes the exact photo you need gets buried under several screenfulls of other photos (I’m looking at you Food)," says product manager Frances Haugen.

You can utilize the feature by clicking "See all photos" as pictured above. It will show you a grid of images for different categories.


For now, it's just an experiment with restaurants, but the company says it will be looking for other categories of businesses that make sense for the feature. It also wants users to tweet category suggestions at them.

The company notes that users might find photos that are in the wrong category. You can flag these, and tell Yelp they were in the wrong one.

Image via Yelp

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