Flickr’s New ‘Photo Sessions’ Bring Back the Slideshow
Flickr has unveiled a new feature dubbed Photo Sessions, which are real-time slideshows you can share with your friends around the web.
Say you want to share a slideshow with some friends you met on your last trip abroad. You’re back home and they’re back home on the other side of the globe. No one is coming over for dinner and slides. Instead, you just create a new session on Flickr and send the resulting URL to your friends. Once everyone has joined in, sessions become a bit like screen sharing — you swipe to the next photo and everyone else’s screen follows along.
Flickr has thrown in a few interactive features as well, including the ability to chat while the photos roll by. There’s also a way for your friends to doodle on your images from their own laptops or iPads.
Combine Flickr’s new sessions with a group chat app — Skype, iChat or the like — and you have a kind of disjointed, thoroughly modern take on the good old carousel slideshows your parents subjected their friends to in the ’70s. Feel the shag carpet people.
Alongside Sessions Flickr also announced a new Android app, which is considerably more impressive than the company’s iOS app. The Android Flickr app offers filters, geotagging and sharing in a slick-looking app that seems aimed at catching up with Instagram.