Yahoo has unveiled a major redesign to its Image Search service, adding new navigation features and the option to integrate the service with Facebook.
Image Search now displays results in a tiled interface featuring several tabs to further categorise the results.
The categories include a 'latest' option, which displays images associated with breaking news stories, along with photos from third-party services such as Flickr and the Yahoo News photo collection.
"One of the most significant changes is the way images are displayed and navigated," Yahoo Image Search team member Girish Ananthakrishnan explained in a Yahoo Search blog post.
"By clicking on any image on the search results page, the image will appear on a fresh page allowing users to browse effortlessly through full-size images with a simple click on the desktop browser."
Image search services have played a vital role in news events recently. Social networks and photo sharing services have helped to chronicle criminal activity and co-ordinate clean up efforts. after the rioting and looting across the UK.
The Yahoo update will also allow users to connect image searches with their Facebook profile. When integrated, an additional tab on the search results page displays photos and information from the Facebook galleries of friends.
The overhaul comes as Yahoo continues to rebuild itself aroung the firm's search and advertising operations.
Figures from research firm Net Applications gave Yahoo a 6.57 per cent share of the global search market in July, putting the company in second place after Google.
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