Flickr Hacks: Tips & Tools for Sharing Photos Online

Flickr Hacks: Tips & Tools for Sharing Photos Online

by PaulBausch (Author), JimBumgardner (Author)


Over two million registered Flickr users and counting have discovered the ease and fun of organizing their photo libraries, showing off their favorite pictures to the world, and securely sharing their private pictures with friends, family, or ad hoc groups. But, Flickr's own plethora of intuitive menus, options, and features just scratches the surface. Flickr Hacks goes beyond the basics of storing, sorting, and sharing your photos to the much bigger playground of what's possible. Whether you're a beginner looking to manage your metadata and play with tags, or a programmer in need of a detailed reference of Flickr API methods, you'll find what you're looking for here. In addition to getting under the hood of some of the most popular third-party Flickr toys already in the wild, you'll learn how to: post photos to your blog directly from your cameraphone; mash up your own photos or others' public pictures into custom mosaics, collages, sliding puzzles, slideshows, or ransom notes; back up your Flickr library to your desktop, and save the comments too; and set random desktop backgrounds and build your own Flickr screensaver. You'll also learn how to: geotag your photos and map your contacts; download a list of photos and make a contact sheet; make your own Flickr-style tag cloud to visualize the frequency of common tags; build a color picker with a dynamic color wheel of Flickr photos; feed photos to your Web site and subscribe to custom Flickr feeds using RSS; and talk to the Flickr API using your Web browser, Perl, or PHP; authenticate yourself and other users; and build custom API applications.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Edition: 1
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Published: 21 Feb 2006

ISBN 10: 0596102453
ISBN 13: 9780596102456

Author Bio
Paul Bausch is a co-creator of the weblog software Blogger, maintains a directory of Oregon-based weblogs at, and is the author of the forthcoming Yahoo! Hacks. Among his recent applications is BookWatch, a site that scans weblogs for book mentions, analyzes them to find the most frequently mentioned books, and uses the Amazon API to display the results. Paul is also an accomplished writer, and is the coauthor of We Blog: Publishing Online with Weblogs, published by Wiley; and Amazon Hacks, from O'Reilly Media. Jim Bumgardner started using computers while studying analog electronic music at CalArts in the early 80s. In the mid-90s, while making interactive multimedia CD-ROMs for Time Warner, Jim created The Palace, a pioneering avatar chat system. Today, Jim makes interactive TV software in Los Angeles and is an instructor at Art Center in Pasadena. His personal website, KrazyDad, is a showcase for Jim's more recent software experiments. Jim is the founder of the Flickr Hacks group on Flickr. Jim used the Flickr API to create the innovative Flickr Color Pickr, the Flickr Chia Pet, a number of beautiful mosaic images and posters, and Hipbot, the Flickr pool-cleaning robot.