The iOS version of Flickr, the popular photo-sharing application, was updated over the weekend to include hashtag support. Flickr users can now add a hashtag in their photo's title or description. To see all the photos with that hashtag, users will have to only tap on it.
Taking the hashtag support a step further is Flickr’s weekly photo challenge – #FlickrFriday. Those with impressive photography capabilities can add the hashtag to their photo and participate in the contest.
The updated app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. To be able to use the app, users will require devices running iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.
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Support of hashtag, it seems, is the newest trend and one that is fast catching up. If hashtags best remind you of Instagram, another very popular photo-sharing app, then you're not alone. Instagram too allows users to include hashtags in their image description, clicking on which brings up all images within Instagram with that hashtag.
Even social networking giant Facebook was in the news last week after it was reported that it may borrow the hashtag from Twitter. The world’s largest social networking site is apparently going to incorporate the iconic hashtag from arch rival Twitter onto its website soon. While it does not own the hashtag, it is Twitter that made the symbol known worldwide. Google+ too uses the feature prominently on its website.
The link created by the hashtags lead users to a whole new page where posts related to the topic are updated in real-time.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Facebook is all set to channel the hashtag feature in order to bunch conversations together by converting the tag into a link. Sources told WSJ that it wasn’t clear how far Facebook’s work on the hashtag had gotten and the feature isn’t likely to be introduced any time soon. If indeed Facebook is adopting the hashtag, it won’t be the first Twitter feature to make it to the website. Not too long ago, Facebook introduced the ability to tag users in posts, status updates and comments using the “@” option, also a typical Twitter feature. Facebook also tweaked the “subscribe” option to call it “follow”, renaming subscribers as followers a la Twitter.
Last month, Flickr updated its iPhone app to let users download photos to their devices. To download photos, users will have to tap the share icon on any photo and tap the “Save Photo” option. Once done, they will find the image on their iPhone (in the largest available resolution). The update adds some new features, enhancements and a few bug fixes.
The update also lets Flickr users on the iPhone mention their friends from within the app itself. They can do so by typing @ and selecting the contact they want to tag in a title, description or comment. Friends you tag will be notified that you mentioned them. The update also enables the app to notify you when you're mentioned in a post.
Photos will now look even better when viewing them from the app, as the update adds higher resolution photo display in lightbox view. Another enhancement is the ability to take photos from the app using the iPhone's volume up button, which will let you take photos in an instant. Furthermore, Flickr claims that uploads from the app are now much faster. Uploads now continue in the background, so you can do other stuff while uploading pics.