All posts tagged ‘Flickr’

File Under: APIs, Web Apps

Discover Cool Photo Apps With Flickr’s New ‘App Garden’

Everyone has an app store these days. But of course, for Flickr, the photo sharing site that brought you rainbow vomiting Panda Bears, “store” is far too pedestrian. Which is why Flickr has launched a new App Garden.

The new Flickr App Garden consists of mobile, desktop, and online widgets that interact with Flickr and help you get more out of the site. Flickr already had an extensive list of such apps in its “Services” area, but the new App Garden is considerably simpler and makes find cool Flickr apps much easier.

Unlike the former app directory, which was a simple list, Flickr’s App Garden gives each app its own page where users can leave comments, tag apps and mark them as favorites. The ability to favorite an app means users now have a way to promote their favorites in the App Garden showcase. The app pages also look and feel just like a Flickr photo pages, which makes App Garden feel more like a part of Flickr than the old services directory ever did.

To make it even easier to discover cool apps, Flickr has also included tags on user’s photos which tell you what app the image was uploaded with, and then link back to that app in the new App Garden. If you don’t want others to know how you upload your photos, you can turn off the new tags in your account settings.

The result is that you can stumble across some very cool stuff like Suggestify, an app that allows you to geotag other people’s photos by suggesting a location to the photo’s owner. Following the tag “geotag” then led us to an interesting iPhone app, FlickrUp, which lets you geotag photos uploaded from the iPhone.

So far there’s no way for developers to charge for applications through the Flickr App Garden, though there are some non-free apps listed. Since actually download the apps you want — whether free or not — requires at trip to the developer’s own page, it seems that, at least for now, the App Garden is more a place to browse, not buy apps.

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File Under: Multimedia, Social

Flickr Adds People-Tagging for Finding Friends in Photos

Popular photo sharing service Flickr added a new feature Wednesday that lets users tag each other in photos. In addition, Flickr has updated its privacy controls, so users can opt out of being personally identified in individual photos.

The new feature lets you tag particular people in pictures by drawing bounding boxes around their faces. Flickr then asks you to ID each person, and if the person is a Flickr member, the system suggests the member’s name to you as you type the tag.

Once people are tagged, it makes finding them in searches much easier. Instead of searching for somebody’s name and only seeing photos blindly tagged with your search term, Flickr now shows you where that person is located inside the photo — especially helpful if you’re looking at a group shot.

Flickr has over 40 million members according to Yahoo, which owns the service.

People-tagging features have long been available to users of other photo-sharing web services like Facebook and Google’s Picasa. And Flickr’s new feature doesn’t go as far as Picasa, which will actually find the person’s face in the picture and take a guess at who it is. Google debuted this technology in 2008 and enhanced its capabilities just last month.

But while Flickr’s new people tags are close to what you’ll find elsewhere, Flickr’s implementation offers more user controls for privacy by letting you opt out of being ID’d.

As Facebook users know, you often get tagged in a photo that you didn’t approve of, isn’t particular flattering or shows you in a, shall we say, “compromising position.” But once you’re tagged in a picture on Facebook, that photo with you in it gets tied to your profile. It shows up in image searches, whether you want it to appear or not.

Flickr’s new face-tagging system lets users opt out of being tagged in individual photos. So, you can pretend that’s not really you holding that bong or shotgunning that can of PBR. You can also set your preferences so you can never be tagged in a photo, or you can determine which users are allowed to tag you and which users aren’t. You can also opt out of the whole face-tagging system in general.

Non-Flickr members can be identified in photos as well, but they’ll need to approve the ID before it appears within the system.

That won’t stop users from adding your name as a tag on the photo. Users can also draw a box around your face and add your name as a note. But neither of those options physically connect the tag to your Flickr account the way the people-tagging feature does. Instead, it’s just another piece of metadata attached to the photo.

For those who want to play along, just watch your Recent Activity page. Every time you’re tagged in a picture, you’ll see a little notifier in your Recent Activity stream telling you who tagged you, and offering a link to the picture.

Once a photo is tagged up with people, the photo page displays a list of all the people identified within the picture, along with links to their Flickr profiles.

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File Under: Software & Tools

Users Demand OpenID: Google, Twitter Among Top

OpenID enthusiasts have been spoken and they’re demanding OpenID support from Google, Twitter, and other popular websites. The Demand OpenID site was created by provider JanRain and has been active for several months. Will less than 500 people be enough to convince the internet giants to open up to OpenID? Probably not, but it’s a step.

Here’s the top five sites where users would like to see OpenID:

  1. Google
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook
  4. Wikipedia
  5. Flickr

Some of the site on Demand OpenID currently half support OpenID. For example, you can login with your Google account on any site that supports OpenID. However, you can not take an OpenID account from another provider and login at Google. It’s like a store giving Canadian dollars as change, but then refusing to take the loonie as payment.

At least one of the sites listed has implemented OpenID. Customer service site Get Satisfaction added OpenID earlier this month, though we can’t say it was due to Demand OpenID.

OpenID may never be something the average user demands. Most people just want it to work. So do we, but it’s going to take a full embrace from these popular sites. Go demand OpenID for your favorites. Of course, to login you’ll need an OpenID login, but you probably guessed that.

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File Under: Uncategorized

Wolfenflickr Mashes Flickr API With Retro Gaming

Wolfenflickr kittens!

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a creative use of the Flickr API. Jacob Seidelin wrote Wolfenflickr entirely in JavaScript. It’s a take-off of early 90s Wolfenstein 3-D, which popularized the first person shooter genre of video games.

In Seidelin’s version there’s no shooting, but you can navigate a “secret level.” Instead of Nazi flags, there’s art in the form of Flickr photos. You can pass it your username to see your photos, or a search term to see the results on the walls of Castle Wolfenstein. It’s been having trouble loading all the pics for me, but if you use your up arrow to go straight ahead you’ll find a room where the images appear to load first.

I hope examples like this will encourage others to use the Flickr API. The image sharing granddaddy has always embraced their developer community, most recently with a dedicated Flickr API site. Check that out for lots of information about the technical side of Flickr. To get started with your own app, be sure to check out our Flickr API Tutorial.

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File Under: Software & Tools

Flickr Shows Off Upgraded Slideshow

Yahoo’s online photo sharing site Flickr showed off its upgraded slideshow Wednesday. It’s just like the old slideshow, but this one plays video seamlessly with your still photographs and can be embedded into HTML pages.

The slideshow can be launched from pretty much any page from the self-titled link. Embed or link to the slideshow and video from the Share link. The ability to upload and share video is limited to Flickr Pro users. Embedding the slideshow also requires viewers to have Flash installed, which isn’t much of a roadblock for desktop browsers these days. Mobile browsers don’t benefit, though.

The other embeddable slideshow option available is Picasa Web Albums’. Picasa Web Albums is the web version of Google’s Picasa image editor/manager. Poor Picasa Web Albums. Its embeddable slideshow function was one of its only advantages over Flickr. Now Flickr has it and has included video display too? Flickr’s new slideshow not only blows away Picasa Web Albums (again), it’s embeddable short videos rival YouTube’s as well — that is, if you don’t count Flickr’s 90 second and 150 megabyte restriction.

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