Let's go crazy, crazy, crazy 'til we see the sun... photographed using your iPhone with a nice color-warping filter applied to it! Ugh. It's only Wednesday, but there's been more news about mobile app photo filters this week than most of us really care to know about.
Yahoo launched version 2.0 of its Flickr iPhone app today. The UI is eerily similar to Instagram, and it now comes with 16 fancy filters you can apply to your photos. Flickr is the latest major player to join what much of the tech world is call "the war on mobile photos" these days.
Instagram switched off integration with Twitter cards earlier this week in a bid to bring more people to Instagram.com rather staying on Twitter.com just days before Twitter released updates to both Android and iPhone apps featuring new in-app photo filters. Instagram also released a new black and white filter called "Willow" in an app update, which is only slightly different from its "Inkwell" filter.
I mean, I get it. Photo filters are kind of fun, and they make people think that they're great photographers. But this is a trend that a lot of people are already getting sick of. I'm noticing that more people are posting Instagram photos without filters these days. It's just too much.
Despite how ridiculously obvious it is that Instagram was a main inspiration for the redesign, I'd say good on Yahoo for making a serious update to the Flickr iPhone app. Overall, Flickr will be a lot easier to use from an iPhone. I just can't help but wonder if we'll look back on all of our photos 15 years from now and wonder why we were so crazy about applying vintage filters to everything.
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