— 22 October 2005 —
For the first few weeks after a conference, I usually check out Flickr for any new conference-related pictures. The easiest way to do it is a tag search. Which I am slightly annoyed by right now.
Here’s the main Browse and Search Tags page:
Simple enough. Click a link to Browse pictures tagged with popular terms. Enter text in the Search field to look for something specific. From an interaction perspective this is very typical. Nothing wrong with it.
Here is the Results page based on a tag search of my name:
From this point, if I don’t find what I am looking for, how do I start over? On the Search Results page I would like a way to continue searching without having to use the Back button. Why do I have to go Back to go Forward again?
Here’s what I would like to see:
Have the Search field on the Search Results page. This is a miss as pretty much every search engine worth anything has a search field displayed on the search results page with the most recent search term entered.
This is the simplest fix I can think of. Actually, I am sure there are better ways to make searching work better on Flickr. Like a filter on the search results page or options in Advanced Search. Right now, Advanced Search isn’t all that advanced:
In general I’d say Flickr search sucks, so really there is a lot of room for improvement. I can’t find many people when I search based on their screen name. But if they have tagged their pictures with their screen name, then I can find them.
It is odd, Flickr does some things so very well (such as creating little difference between View and Edit modes) and other things not so much.
Search may not be core to the user experience of the site, but there must be more than one person that uses it every day.