Just after I took a fresh look at cloud photo storage — and dumped all over Flickr — Flickr launched a very impressive redesign.
Image-recognition technology also plays a central role in Flickr’s revamped search engine, the most powerful of its kind. Up until now, Flickr saw a search like "golden gate bridge" and returned photos of gold, gates, and bridges. It’s now smart enough to look for photos of the object. And once it returns results of the bridge, you can apply a variety of filters to your search to find just what you’re looking for. Given the sheer volume of public photos on Flickr, results are often great, even when you’re looking for something unusual: a red-hued photo of a castle, say, or a black-and-white sunset. The new Flickr is especially useful for personal photo storage, but it’s also great for browsing. The new search engine is the reason why.