Flickr updated its iPhone and iPad app on Saturday to allow hashtag support. This gives users the ability to add a hashtag (#) to a photo title or description and also facilitates searching through Flickr’s public database for photos matching a particular tag.
With more than six billion photos, Flickr is one of the most popular photo sharing apps in the world and the Yahoo-owned network was often the object of complaints from users who couldn’t find what they were looking for when searching for events or trending items. Although the release is too late for this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW), it’s still a boon for users who are looking to capitalize on a better way to find images.
This follows the rumor that Facebook may be including hashtags in its photo and user timelines as well – something that would make all three social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr) more intertwined for users everywhere.
Up to now, users have added hashtags ad-hoc, without official support, and searching for tagged items has been hit and miss at best. Some internal things on Flickr now become officially supported as well, such as the #FlickrFriday photo contest.
This is a very cool development that will make the popular photo sharing site a better companion to both Twitter and (hopefully) Facebook. It will also mean apps on blogs and other sites may be better able to add photo galleries based purely on tag searches, simplifying some things for many new media enthusiasts.
You can download Flickr for iOS here.