Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, California, has just re-launched a new Photo Session feature for Flickr that lets users in different locations browse pictures simultaneously.
The change comes amid a tumultuous time for Yahoo – the company has been struggling to maintain its position as one of the top internet companies, and just last month fired its controversial CEO Carol Bartz. Earlier this month Yahoo employees were told in a company wide email that it is considering selling the company but the process will probably take several months. Chief Financial Officer Tim Morse is currently acting as interim CEO while the company searches for a replacement for tough talking Carol Bartz.
Steve Douty said: “Our mission is to speed innovation, to bring great new products to the market. That is not going to change. We are moving full steam ahead just like we have before.” Douty is vice president of applications management for Yahoo.
Yahoo’s touch up of Flickr is part of a wider initiative to retake market share it has been losing to Facebook, which has emerged as a photo-sharing and advertizing hub. Yahoo’s promotion of its Android app indicated the company intends to become a bigger player in mobile phones and tablets.
Photo Session lets any of Flickr’s 170m users browse through pictures at the same time, by sending an invitation to a user that contains a special link. Photo Session works on iPads, iPhones, any computer using Firefox, Safari or Chrome web browser, but it currently does not work with internet explorer, or the new Android app.
Yahoo will release its first Android app, within the next few months so that, which will help the company gain more market share in the mobile space, and give a much needed boost to sluggish revenues.