Flickr has long had a way to note other users’ pictures that you think are worth saving. But the “Add To Faves” function is rather single serving, and not very social like the rest of Flickr . Today, the service is launching a new feature called “Galleries” to expand your interaction with others’ photos.
Basically, Galleries allow you to curate up to 18 photos from anywhere on Flickr into your own hand-made gallery. Previously, if you wanted to make a group of pictures surround something, you could only do it with your own. With Galleries, if you wanted to make a collection of the 18 best pictures taken at TechCrunch50, for example, you can easily do that, no matter who took the picture.
The top portion of these Galleries are the thumbnails and below each of them is the large-sized versions of the pictures in a stream. Clicking on any of the thumbnails jumps you down to the portion of the page where that particular picture resides. Here’s a particularly artsy one for you.
To add a picture to a gallery, just click the “Add to gallery” link in a picture’s menu bar.
[photo: flickr/marshall astor]