Flickr has introduced Photo Session, a new feature that lets a group of people browse photos together from multiple devices — both mobile and desktop.
Up to 10 people can view and chat about photos in real time with Photo Session. As photos are uploaded to the set, the group can view and comment on them. When one user moves on to the next photo, everybody moves.
The interface focuses on the photo, which is displayed in fullscreen on your desktop. But it also includes a simple chat interface. Another feature lets users sketch on top of photos — useful for pointing out something or just creating doodles.
One of the selling points of Photo Session is its interoperability. It is available for iPhone, iPad and the desktop. It’s especially elegant on the iPad, a device made for this type of media consumption.
In short, Photo Sessions is a fun but simple feature. The product is reminiscent of Cooliris, a Kleiner Perkins-backed startup that offers a robust and elegant way to experience photos with a group.
It seems Yahoo, which owns Flickr, wants to expand its social footprint in the photo-sharing space. With dozens of startups and several big players looking to make their mark in this space (Facebook and Google chief among them), Photo Session is one way for Yahoo to keep Flickr relevant.