Venerable photo-sharing site Flickr is reported to be on the verge of its most drastic redesign in many years. The New York Observer's tech blog, BetaBeat interviewed Flickr's 'Head of Product' Markus Spiering, during which he demoed a remarkably Google+-like gallery interface. He also appeared to rubbish the site's clean but rather dated 'small photos, lots of white space and information' appearance. Yahoo says the improved gallery view will apply to the 'From your Contacts' page from the February 28th, with the uploader coming in March.

The redesign is bound to cause anger to long-time users (because redesigns tend to mean changing long-established ways of working), but is probably necessary if Flickr is to increase its appeal in an era when there are so many popular places that let you easily share images.