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Flickr may bring Photo Books service to Taiwan this year

Staff writer, with CNA

Flickr, the popular online photograph-sharing site owned by Yahoo, yesterday said it is planning to introduce its own-branded printing service to Taiwan.

The Flickr Photo Books service, which has only been available in the US since it was launched on Nov. 19 last year, allows users to turn their pictures into a hardcover book of up to 20 pages for US$34.95 with just one click on any set of photos.

The service is expected to expand this year to foreign markets, including Taiwan, Flickr head of product Markus Spiering said.

He said Taiwan has many “early adopters” who are more open-minded to new technologies compared with people in other countries. Flickr has made a great effort to tap into Taiwan’s photography community, he said.

Flickr’s first local campaign began in August last year when the company teamed up with the Tourism Bureau to showcase the nation’s scenery and people, as well as establishing a local customer-service center.

“The Taiwanese market in general — I think for Yahoo, but also for Flickr — is very interesting because there are a lot of very, very engaged photographers,” Spiering said in a telephone interview.

Asked about Flickr’s partnership with hardware manufacturers, Spiering said the company has integrated its features into Android phones made by HTC Corp, which allow users to edit and share their pictures more easily on HTC devices.

Mobile will remain Flickr’s “biggest priority” this year and users can expect “a big evolution” of the site’s new mobile features, he said.

Flickr, which revamped its Web site in May last year to provide more space for storage and enhanced mobile support, now has 92 million users worldwide and nearly 10 billion photographs posted to the site.

About 10 percent of Flickr’s photos are uploaded from mobile devices, compared with fewer than 5 percent before September last year.

Flicker has estimated that 881.4 billion photographs will be taken around the world this year, up from 488.3 billion in 2009 and 695.8 billion in 2012, a sign of the growing potential for online photo-sharing sites.

Taiwan ranked eighth among nations worldwide for unique Flickr tags last year, trailing Japan, the US, France, Italy, the UK, Germany and Australia. China and India ranked ninth and 10th respectively.

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