Photos Spare Cycles MythBusters

Category: Flickr

April 8, 2008

AppEngine, yay! Flickr Video, yay! Larger photo uploads, yay!

Videos on Flickr, which I've long waited for, has arrived. I look forward to having videos and photos from events living side-by-side. Not-so-thrilling are the 90 second limits on video length: most of my videos are of author events and other talks, so I'll still have to stick with Youtube for those. Given that they've restricted video uploading to pro accounts, you would think that there would be less concerns about copyright violation, which is the usual bugaboo raised with longer videos. Or perhaps they really do think that videos on Flickr should only be "long photos.".

At least they've raised the limits to 20MB for uploading photos: ever since I got my 40D I've been running into their limits repeatedly.

As for Google Appengine, I can't wait to get off the wait list. I never got off my butt to do anything with Amazon's EC2 as the startup cost was a bit too much. With Google's Appengine, I should be able to crank out something simple in a matter of minutes, something interesting in a matter of hours. I really want to build a photo gallery engine on top of it, but that will have to wait until they allow you to buy over their 500MB storage limits.

March 3, 2008

Moving off Flickr: Probably a Success


Above: traffic to the spare cycles home page during the Tour of California. The decline over time I believe reflects the NorCal bias in my traffic as the NorCal stages were first in the race.

Here's a quick run-down of stats with my post-Flickr move. I thought I'd share as others have contemplated similar and might appreciate seeing the results of another's experiment. As a quick summary, I decided to move my professional cycling photography off Flickr prior to the Tour of California, my big event of the year. My galleries are a mixture of homebrew Python code to upload images and MovableType templates to display them.

My conclusion: moving off of Flickr was the right thing to do. There is a bit of apples and oranges: I photographed the Tour of California a lot more this year and there is carry over from my previous year's coverage. At the very least, though, I was able to significantly improve traffic despite my move off Flickr.

Traffic to the Spare Cycles homepage was up ~500%, visitors stuck around longer, my most popular ToC 2008 photo already has more views than my post popular 2007 photo*, my teaser ToC photos on Flickr have far less views than my photos, and none of this counts the thousands of hotlink hits I got from embedded images on other sites. The embeds also made it easier to find my photos on other sites as those sites linked to instead of Flickr. The only negative I could find is that there are far fewer comments, which I miss and reflect on the strong community of Flickr.

Purely on the goal of making it possible for more people to see my photos, I'm happy with my choice. As a bit of advice to others contemplating the same, I highly recommend the ability to embed images as this made it far easier for people I was working with to use my images.

* caveat: discounting a glitch Flickr had that gave bogus views to a sequence of my 2007 photos

December 13, 2007

Flickr Uploadr 3.0, Open Source, Stats, Picnik editing

flickr_logo_gamma.gifFlickr had a trio of nice announcements today: * Pro Members get stats. You can now track individual photo views over time as well as referral sources. * The Flickr Uploader has reached version 3.0. * For the developer geeks out there, it's also gone open source. Flickr has an easy-to-program API, but the addition of the actual upload tool provides a nice base to build on top of.

Stats + an open-source uploader are giving me second thoughts about moving away from Flickr for my pro photos. The inability to understand my traffic plus the hassle of having to hand-edit photo descriptions was a pain. Yes, I've written to the Flickr API before, but the Flickr Uploadr has nice functionality that I'd prefer not to have to rewrite.

It seems that Flickr is intent on releasing many holiday presents before year's end. I've just been getting acclimated to the built-in Picnik editing that Flickr released a little over a week ago and it's already creating a shift in my workflow. Combine it with an eye-fi and the only photo management tool you need is a Web browser. Powerful.

September 5, 2007

Flickr failing

Flickr had an outage earlier today but I'm speaking of something different. My Flickr photostream has gone wonky and I'm trying to figure out if other people are having similar issues. One of three things seems to occur depending on my login:

  • logged in as me: I get the above image telling me that I have 0 photos.
  • not logged in: I get a message that says "you must be logged in to view images by kwc"
  • logged in as someone else: balistica reported to me that Flickr told her "kwc's photos fall outside your current SafeSearch filter."

For all of these cases, hitting reload seems to get the photos to appear. Also, none of these occurs 100% of the time, but none of these is rare. In fact, it appears to be getting worse.

August 5, 2007

Flickr to get video

flickrAccording to TechCrunch, Flickr has confirmed its plans to add video soon. Although Flickr may not end up as a top-level contender to YouTube, I eagerly look forward to the addition. Why should I have to keep my videos of an event separate from my photos of an event? It's a hassle to have to tag and organize video and photos separately. It should also be of great benefit to visitors that, say, stumble across a photo of a robot and can then see a video of it in action.

Flickr may not end up with the best video-sharing features, but what video-sharing sites have good photo-sharing features?

March 13, 2007

Flickr Collections (aka Sets of Sets)

As pre-announced, Flickr Collections have arrived. The arrival is even cooler than I expected. The collections have 'mosaics' instead of single-photo thumbnail like sets and, for the first time, you can tweak your main Flickr page with several different layouts. I switched mine to use larger images with collections instead of sets on the side. They promise even more customizations in the future.

I'm really quite pleased with the result. My main Flickr page is now more interest-based, which I think it much more useful for myself and visitors. I used to do a sort-of 'myspace top friends row' sort of management with my sets, where I would try to keep my best sets plus a selection of recent ones near the top. The collections will take away that chore, though they admittedly create new chores for the organization-obsessed. I translated the standard-practice 'Favorites' set into a collection and also generated collections for cycling, architecture, weddings, California, Japan, and others. My only gripe so far is to wonder why I can put a collection in a collection or a set in a collection, but I can't stick both a collection and a set in a collection. I ran into this problem already when I tried to stick my San Francisco collection in my California collection, which has a bunch of California-related photo sets. I also have stray "Tour of California" collections that can't be stuck in the "Cycling" collection.

Maybe they'll fix this or maybe they'll get rid of the distinction altogether: why not make everything a collection and do away with sets? I'm already liking collections better.


March 7, 2007

Flickr Sets of Sets, thoughts on related content

They're coming. Now that I have about 150 photosets on Flickr, I really need this type of feature -- my April Japan trip has 15 sets and the 2007 Tour of California has 7. Flickr's photostream with a small selection of sets nicely conveys a sense of what you are currently working on, but at some point you need to be able to organize your content better for visitors. Sets of sets will allow me to keep related content more closely group and I also wonder if it will allow me to better segment my content in general. I've considered creating a separate Flickr account for my more 'professional' content so that my, "ooo, that's a funny license plate" content isn't mixed in, but if the sets of sets is implemented in the right way, I wouldn't have to worry as much.

I think this is all a subset of a larger problem I have with online media sites like Flickr and YouTube, which is that very few give you enough control over your visitors' experience. When I post a video from a book talk, I would like to prominently indicate my related blog entry as well as other related videos. When I post Tour of California photos, I would like to easily link to (or even transclude) my stage summaries without having to edit the description for every single photo I upload.

These sites obviously don't have much incentive to build features that enable visitors to leave, but we often generate related content that we would like to be viewed as well. Sets of sets expands the ways in which I can have visitors navigate related photosets, but I would like Flickr and other sites to explore ways in which visitors can explore other types of related media (e.g. blog entries, photos, videos, music, etc..). Blog entries seem to be the only tool/medium that enables me to do this, but I don't see why it should be the only one.

January 31, 2007

Flickr/Yahoo! account $#!tstorm

Flickr made a big announcement that the countdown to the single sign-on has started: in other words, away with your 'old skool' Flickr login and welcome to the world of Yahoo! integrated logins. This has produced a very active thread in the Flickr forums. It's funny to see actions of near-surprise, given that this was foreshadowed when Flickr was originally bought by Yahoo. But more than the feigned shock, this has been interesting study for me as to why some people are reacting so negatively. It takes me back to an older entry where I discuss my own personal theory on megaservices attempting to do public community sites:

... my Google and my Yahoo identities are too personal to give away in a community service. Google/Yahoo identities are tied to e-mail, search history, calendars, and more. If you publicly reveal that identity you at least open yourself up to more spam and at worst invite identity theft of a much larger scale: determined individuals can figure out who I am from my Flickr account, but that's because I chose to tie my Flickr account to my overall 'kwc' moniker. It's related to danah boyd's mention of managing social contexts, e.g. teens don't necessarily want to hang out in the same social space as their parents (related: MySpace is drawing older visitors, study finds).

There is also a technological corollaries to this. My "home page" for Google is private-facing while my "home page" for Flickr is public facing. A company managing your private identity has to have less lax login procedures: Flickr can keep you signed in for weeks, Yahoo needs to sign you out almost immediately. There is also screen-handle assignment: I can be 'kwc' on Flickr, due to the smaller user population, but there is no way I would ever be able to get that for Yahoo.

So, what is the point of all this pontificating? To go back to the original question, I do think big companies storing your private data can successfully create new public community services, but they have to create separated sandboxes for these services. They have to allow 'alter egos', perhaps many, so that you can remain in control of your privacy. This is what they effectively do when these large companies acquire community services, but sometimes attempt ruin the whole deal, e.g. Yahoo's announcing they will merge Flickr accounts with Yahoo! accounts. Arguably, this is what Google did with Orkut, but Orkut couldn't scale to meet demand.

I thought there was a tad bit of wisdom there -- after all, Google's Picasa Web albums now allows you to create an alterego URL for sharing your photos. But I think I was wrong, at least in the case of anything to do with Yahoo. Reading through the thread, it basically boils down to: Yahoo... isn't... cool.

That's a bit of an oversimplification, but a lot of it boils down to the fact that Yahoo is a bad brand and some Flickrati don't want to be associated with it. Flickr, after all, is a high mark of Web 2.0 brand coolness: Apple may own the vowel 'i', but Flickr has caused countless sites to disown 'e'. But this changes everything. You now have Thomas Hawk of Zooomr (a Flickr clone in both design and vowel omission) not-so-subtly trying to poach Flickr members in Flickr's own forums.

The fact is, Flickr did just about everything right*, but the bad brand experience of Yahoo outweighs this. In other words, Yahoo has done plenty to make its brand a pariah. Many in the Flickr forums think a Yahoo ID means that they have to re-login everytime they open their browser. Many also think that their Flickr accounts are going to be deleted for inactivity the same way other Yahoo properties do. But there's actually no difference with this transition: the Flickr team changed nothing other than requiring a Yahoo login ID. You can even use one Yahoo account to login to Flickr and then login with a different Yahoo ID, all the while staying logged into the Flickr (for those worried about their Flickr identity being tied to their more private data). But still, the Y! merger makes Yahoo's bad brand experience transitive.

This isn't to say that if you were to substitute Google for Yahoo you wouldn't have the typical "X is evil" comments, but there are least several comments in the thread that indicate that this only matters to them because Yahoo sucks in comparison to Google. I feel a bit sorry for Yahoo. They acquire many companies I like (Flickr,, MyBlogLog), they release cool projects like the Creative Commons Search, and they have interesting bloggers like Jeremy Zawodny, Tom Coates, and (briefly) Simon Willison. But then you read scathing articles in Wired on their CEO and you feel sorry for the individuals that do good work at a company that doesn't have it all together.

Anyway, my take on this was to extend my Flickr Pro membership 2 more years. It was actually due to expire when the switch was going to be thrown, but I've liked the acquisition by Yahoo. I doubt that unlimited uploads would have occurred if Flickr was still a small company. I also suspect that there would have been a lot more "Flickr is having a massage" messages. Unlike many other sites, Flickr provides a public API so that I can walk away with my data whenever I please.

* Flickr did also announce a 3000 contact limit at 75 tag limit, all in the name of performance. The contact limit only affects 300/6,000,000 of their user base, but arbitrary limits always come off as... arbitrary.

January 5, 2007

Flickr Flaky?

I've been attempting to get my Rose Parade photos safely tucked away online in my Flickr account, but it's been slow going. The Flickr uploader seems to be bombing every 20 photos or so. When you're trying to upload hundreds of photos, this can try one's patience, especially when you have to retype all of the relevant upload information (tags, privacy, photoset) to continue the process. Earlier today the Flickr Uploader gave me indefinite "Connecting" messages from two separate computers on two separate networks, so it appears the problem may be on their end. This means the promises of the Great Flickr Upload are as of yet unrealized.

December 29, 2006

The Great Flickr Upload

FlickrIf you've been watching my Flickr photostream, you may have noticed it slowly marching backwards in time as I take advantage of Flickr's new no limits policy for pro users. I've been uploading all of my photos, set by set. I'm now approaching July, which was a mega month: two weddings and Comic-Con. I'm looking forward to reaching May, which has all my Japan photos.

I have three major reasons/motivations for this massive upload:

1) Peace of mind. When d had her laptop stolen, the only photos from the past six months that were recovered were those that were on Flickr. I keep several backups of my data, but I only make an 'off site' backup every year or so. Now I will have immediate off site backups from now on.

2) Edit/publish anywhere, anytime. I do all my edits on my desktop because it has the most storage as well as the photo organizer software. Now that Flickr provides the storage now, I've been testing new workflows. Some of the new benefits: * access the originals from any Web browser * publishing is as simple as changing a photo's privacy setting * other people can participate in the shot selection process. I did this accidentally last week when I uploaded an unprocessed set as public instead of private. Someone commented on which shot they thought was best, so I immediately processed it on the spot. * you can quickly show people the unprocessed shots if you're running behind on the actual processing

3) Supporting the folks at NetApp by increasing Yahoo's storage requirements :).

Another minor benefit is that the Flickr Uploader tool is much, much more responsive when you don't set it to resize photos to save space. I probably didn't need to have it resizing, but with limits, you're always worried about going over and being cut off.

December 12, 2006

Woah Flickr, Thanks

Flickr just handed out an awesome gift to its pro users: unlimited uploads and increasing the limit for free accounts from 20MB to 100MB per month. I never ran into the 2GB limit myself, but it was always part of my internal metering. Now when I go on a 2-week vacation, I really can post all my photos instead of in bunches.

And just think: now you can store all your photos on Flickr. Every. Single. One. No more worrying about losing your photos when your hard drive crashes. This is the type of thing that changes workflows -- you can upload your photos from your camera directly to Flickr and then download them onto whatever computer you want to work on them. This really is incredible.

Thanks Flickr! (For $25/year, you can get yourself or someone else the gift of Flickr)

October 25, 2006

One of everything

Something I should disclose is that since my last Qoop post, I have become a beta tester for Qoop. Before I only had photo cards and some photo books; now have one of every current Qoop product: photo book, travel mug, two mini books, a poster, two calendars, a t-shirt, and photo cards. Free stuff is nice and all, but I agreed to become a beta tester because I genuinely want Qoop to do well, as Qoop's success contributes to Flickr's success.

But now, of course, how do I maintain an authentic voice on this topic? If I really like something and mention it, am I a shill? If I don't like something, is it fair to mention it, given that my role here is to help improve Qoop's product?

I don't know how I'm going to blog about this in the future, but first, this disclaimer post. Next will be giving my feedback to the Qoop folks. After that, some of you may be receiving some of this boon, as it's fairly difficult to quickly construct one of everything on Qoop's site just for myself, and I wanted to gauge other peoples' reactions to these customized 'gifts'.

October 17, 2006

Battle of the Photo Cards: Moo vs. Qoop

I was going to do a detailed rundown of the Moo and Qoop photo card services that recently debuted for Flickr users, but as I started to write this up, I realized that it wasn't really necessary to compare these services feature by feature. It's much simpler to show you visually that Moo is far, far superior.

When I received my Qoop myCards order, I began to get worried when I opened the box and noticed that the top card was 'scuffed.' At first I thought that this was just a shipping issue, but then I decided to do a simple test: I placed the card facedown on paper and moved it around while applying moderate pressure:

Qoop Card Sample

Imagine giving out one of these cards to someone. Imagine all that ink rubbing off in their wallet.

I also tried this with Quiznos and Supercuts cards I had in my wallet. They looked a little more 'polished', but otherwise fine.

A couple of weeks later I received my free Moo sampler of ten MiniCards. Visually, they looked better than I hoped and the card felt great to hold: these met all expectations of a 'photo card'. Moo's printing process revealed some compression artifacts in my Flickr user icon that I need to fix and the midtone details were a touch darker than I expected -- I think they might have boosted contrast -- but they were beautiful. I was sad that I had to subject one of the ten cards to the same damaging test as the Qoop card:

Moo Card Sample

Can you tell which of the ten cards above I subjected to the test? (hint: middle left)

Moo cards are awesome; about their own downside is that they are weird. They are 'mini cards', as you can tell from the scan above, which means that their dimensions probably do not match any photo in your Flickr library. It will take some experimentation to figure out which of your photos still look good at half height and you might even have to tweak them in a photo editor to get it right. I think I understand Moo's motivation for these odd dimensions: they make the cards more distinct and they also help the layout for the back of the cards -- your Flickr user icon and contact details fill up the back nicely, without the significant whitespace of a full height card. So, this downside has an upside, but it is definitely something to consider.

I'm still bothered by Qoop's squandered potential, especially given how proactive their customer service is and how much I enjoy the online experience with their tools. They have many more layout options than Moo: you can place multiple photos on the front side of the card, you can place a photo on the back side, and you have more options for placing text. There are some things they could improve in the online experience: it irked me that once I 'finished' a card I couldn't go back and tweak it, and if you order two different customized cards you can't tell them apart in the shopping cart. But, overall, I was very happy... until I received the cards. I really wanted to give Qoop a good review this time around. I gave them lukewarm approval for their photo books (cheap price, cheap quality, great customer service), and I honestly thought that might have straightened things out by now. Now I have $15-worth of cards that I can't give out, but at least the Moo cards were free and I'll be dreaming up options for ordering more.

January 3, 2006

Retrievr is awesome

(and not just because one of my photos shows up as the default 'nothing' search)

Retrievr lets you search for photos by drawing a sketch. I've seen photo similarity searchs before, but this one's fast and it's tied to Flickr, which means that you might actually be able to use it as more than a toy. I've been debating whether or not to do another 100 photos collage this year. I skipped last year I skipped due to lack of photos. This year I perhaps have too many photos, unless I could have cool search technology like Retrievr built in to my photo management software.

January 1, 2006

Review: Qoop Printing for Flickr

qoopI previously reviewed Qoop's printing service for Flickr then took down the review because a Qoop representative offered to let us reprint the books for free to see if their newer printers would solve the issues I cited in the review. My main complaint then was that the print quality looked more like something printed off on an office printer than what I had seen with Apple's iPhoto books. The inks didn't have the right reflectivity (the blacks stood out) and the paper wasn't thick enough.

The verdict on the new books: We both felt that they were much improved, both in the inks that were used as well as the paper. With the new books I felt that I was holding a book, not something I printed off at work and stapled together. The printing quality does fall short of providing you with vivid, accurate color reproduction of your photos -- the color dynamics are a bit dull and the levels don't match what you see on the screen. There was also one other problem: two of the books had bent corners that was fixable with a bit of massaging. I would suggest to QOOP that they upgrading their packaging.

d and I don't quite agree on the overall assessment. I was expecting something more akin to a catalog of photos, d was expecting something more to vivid, photo-paper quality. Based on my expectations, I give the Qoop books a passing grade. It's not a book of photos you might buy in the store, but it's an easy way to get your photos into book format and save time in the process. d has a more mixed review, feeling that they aren't up to the printing quality of what you would get with the iPhoto books from Apple. We both agree that you get what you pay for and what you pay is cheap.

  • Do use if for: a hardcopy of your photos that you can carry around with you and scribble on
  • Don't use if for: giving as a gift to your friend (e.g. a book of wedding photos)

I've updated parts of my previous review. Read on for a full review.

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December 2, 2005

PXN8, free online photo editing

I've had this problem a lot -- I want to make a quick tweak to an image I've uploaded to Flickr, but I don't have Photoshop on the computer I'm using and I have to wait until I'm home to make my quick tweak. I've always wished that Flickr would add in some simple photo tools like crop, but until that day you can try out PXN8. You can crop, rotate, sepia tone, lomo, blur, resize, correct red eye, whiten, modify hue/saturation/brightness/contrast, or add round corners to your images. It's designed to work with Flickr, which should also help you save a bit of time. The Flickr integration could be a little better, but I'm sure there is (or will be) a Greasemonkey script -- there's already a bookmarklet.

December 1, 2005

Review: Qoop printing for Flickr

update 2: here is the updated review

update: I'm temporarily taking down my review for Qoop because a representative from Qoop was kind enough (within 24 hours of me writing my post!) to offer reprints on the books. My original review came with the caveat that the books were ordered awhile ago when the service was still new, so it seems fair to give the service another shot.

September 20, 2005


I got my schwag on at tonight's Flickr Fiesta: food, beer, t-shirts, and magnet toys. I now know what Caterina Fake, Heather Champ, Jason Shellen, Stewart Butterfield, and Simon Willison look like in person, but I couldn't really decide what one talks to such people about while greedily grabbing anything not bolted down and stuffing it into my jacket. There was also the entrancing live-flickrstream display on the wall that seems capable of inducing seizures or hallucinations. I forced myself to look away.

I brought my camera but decided not to partake in the warfare. There was constant cross-fire of SLRs, as evidenced by the growing photostream of 'flickrfiesta'-tagged photos. I seem to have escaped capture in the currently posted photos, though I did spot ota. I'm sure that every it's only a matter of time.

August 2, 2005

'interesting' photos

It's even better than what they promised: Flickr: Explore interesting photos from the last 24 hours

You can even go back in time and view 'interesting' photos of the past: December 25, 2004

May 6, 2005

untologies and my first (Flickr) group-forming experience

aka the story of the new 'lenstagged' tag on Flickr and why I hope it will spread across Flickr

There have been a couple discussions (at least) on how to tag your photos with the lens that you used to take the shot. For example, I've been using a Canon 70-200mm f/4L USM lens to take most of my photos nowadays, and, if I could come up with a good tag, people looking to buy that lens or wanting to compare photos could search for that tag and see various photos. I've started using canon70200f4, which you can browse at, but if you follow the link you'll see no one else is using it (yet) -- the stock rebel lens has a better following (canon1855f3556).

This discussion hits upon some classic ontology problems:

  1. Is 'canon70200f4' the right tag, or should I use 'canon70200f4L', 'canon70200f4Lusm', or 'canonef70200f4Lusm' (or any combination inbetween)?

  2. How do new users, unfamiliar with the fact that there have been various discussions, discover what the 'right' tag to use for their photos is?

  3. How does the community maintain and evolve this 'standard', especially as new lenses are introduced that may conflict with the pre-existing ontology (i.e. if Canon introduces a new 70-200mm lens).

Brief aside: some of you have heard me rant about ontologies, about how I hate them, how I think they are an anathema to most software design and use... these are some of those reasons

I threw my hat into the ring with the following comment:

My assumption is that people probably won't standardize on these tags (hard for new users to know where to even find a proper list). Given this assumption, it might help if there were an additional tag, e.g. "lenstagged", that would be applied to any image that uses a lens tags. That way, in the future, the "Related Tags" feature of Flickr could help:

1) find the most popular usage (by going to and looking at "Related Tags")

2) figure out that canon70200f4 and canon70200f4L and canon70200f4Lusm are probably all the same tag.

i.e. there's no freakin' way that people will ever standarize, but Flickr's Related Tag feature is a really great technological solution for searching and reconciling the misaligned ontologies.

The response to this proposal for this new tag was positive (11 practitioners so far), and one user even suggested that a group be started as a forum for hosting future lens tagging discussions.

So, I now present my first-ever Flickr group:

"Len Tagged"

Another user and I have started various discussions topics centering on a particular lens, posting which tag we are currently using to identify it. Other users can go to those entries to find out what tags other people are using and contribute their own usage. This provides a forum for us to argue/debate, but the best part is that we don't have to ever agree -- I can keep using my canon70200f4 tag even if everyone else thinks canonef70200f4Lusm is better, but if enough people following the discussion tag some photos with both, then Flickr's Related Tags feature should find both usages.

I hope that the lenstagged tag and group will grow in size and use, partly out of vain well-wishes for my "first group," but mostly because, as a convention (not a standard), I think that lens taggers will benefit from its use.

March 21, 2005


I'm more worried about the recent acquisition of Flickr by Yahoo! than I was about Bloglines being bought by Ask Jeeves. Both are great tools that are on my most-frequently-used list*, but my perception is that Yahoo! is more capable of screwing up their acquisition considering that everything they've bought in the past looks Yahoo-like, which is to say that everything they've touched has acquired the bad aesthetics and UI of Yahoo! proper -- anybody know of counter-examples to assuage my fears?

With the recent Flickr outages, though, perhaps the Y! infrastructure will be a plus, and I'm sure my friends over at NetApp are looking forward to an increased storage demand from Y!.


* Actually using Chameleon, Josh's extension to Bloglines. Try it out. It's great.

February 22, 2005

Flickr + TiVo

I got the Flickr Central plugin for TiVo running on my TiVo now. It's fun -- it's cool to think that my TV is just scrolling through my photos and my friend's photos on Flickr -- and you can even get the source code if this sparks any ideas for you. I await future versions which will hopefully let you tweak the viewing modes (currently there is only a slideshow mode with long title pages inbetween each photo).

Warning: either the plugin or the TiVo itself is unstable while using this feature and things can hang.

January 27, 2005

Flickr by color

If I was more artistically inclined I could put this to good use: Select Flickr photos by color/brightness (maybe be like the author and make something like this or this)

November 30, 2004

Flickr stuff

I'm still loving Flickr, even though I haven't put it to much use yet. I think my main barrier right now is that by the time I've imported the photos into Photoshop Album and tagged them, it's hard to repeat those same efforts for yet another piece of software (I'm not alone with the particular bit of annoyance).

On the other side, there is a lot of grassroots development around Flickr that's leading to some cool tools that might encourage me to go the expend the extra effort. There's a Flickr screensaver for Windows (Mac users can use more recent versions of 1001). You can also embed your Flickr photosets into your blog using the Flickr plugin for MovableType. Seeing as the MT-Gallery plugins are still rather poor, the Flickr plugin might provide a better way of integrating blogging and mass photo-sharing.