A great way to search Flickr

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 20, 2007
Updated • Dec 15, 2012
Internet, Yahoo

Flickr Related Tag Browser offers an interesting and comfortable way to search Flickr using tags. You enter a starting tag of your choice on the homepage of the service, and the website retrieves and displays the relevant information and pictures from Flickr. 25 of the pictures are shown as tiny thumbnails which increase in size if you moves the mouse over any of them.

A click on a thumbnail image opens a small preview of the photo right next to the list of thumbnails. It is usually enough to evaluate the image displayed this way. From here it is then possible to visit the image's page on Flickr, for instance to look at a larger version of it, read user comments or rate or comment it yourself.

You can alternatively load the next batch of thumbnails right on the Flickr browser page to browse additional thumbnails right on the page. The controls are tiny and easily overlooked.

Related tags are shown as a circle around the thumbnails making it easy to explore more pictures by simply clicking on another tag.

flickr browser

Some tags have no related tags which essentially means that no related tags are shown around the thumbnails. Images are displayed pretty fast, it never took longer than a few seconds to display all 25 thumbnails. Guess it depends on the connection of the connected user though.

flickr related tags browser

It may take a moment to get accustomed to the search engine as it is really unique in the way it presents results to you. What I particularly like about it is that it displays related tags that you can explore which you may not have otherwise. That's great for finding additional photos related to your search for instance.

Note that the search interface requires the Adobe Flash plugin in the browser to work at all.


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