Sunday, 22 August 2010

A Quick Flickr Hack



I know I'm not alone in using Flickr for my online photo storage - and I suspect I'm not the only one who has frequently used the handy "Blog This" link to get my photos onto my blog or Twitter.

However, Flickr have recently changed the layout of each photo page, and made it a bit more snazzy, with the result that some functionality no longer works on all browsers. Most importantly for my purposes, it's no longer possible to reach the "Blog This" button from my phone, which is a real pain - using my phone to upload a quick snap to Flickr, then using Flickr's "Blog This" functionality to get the photo into my blog or my Twitter stream, is my key to keeping in touch when I'm travelling without a laptop.

After a little poking around, though, I've managed to find a hacky way around it. I thought this might be useful to anyone else who's having similar problems.
  1. Find the photo's URL, e.g. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelcotterill/4765369756 . You want to get the most basic form of the link for this, in the form www.flickr.com/photos/yourusername/photoIDnumber, but if you access your photo from anywhere other than your photostream directly (e.g. through a set) the URL may have extraneous information.
  2. Replace photos/yourusername with blog.gne?photo=, to give (in this case) http://www.flickr.com/blog.gne?photo=4765369756

  3. This will now bring up a (simple, HTML, phone-friendly) page where you can pick from any of the blogs you've linked to your Flickr account. There's space on the next page to enter any text you'd like to add before submitting the post.

This is the result:


Icebergs at sunset, originally uploaded by Rachel Cotterill.


27 comments:

Velva said...

I am loving this photo!

I have opening a Flickr account on my list of things to do. I have to store my food blog photos more safely. Thanks for the tip.

Emma said...

Wow! That picture is amazing!!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

It's annoying when a trusted site changes features we are used to. That's a lovely photo.

Stephanie V said...

Oh, my! My Flickr doesn't have anything this beautiful on it.

Writing Without Periods! said...

Love the photo and idea. Thanks.
Mary

Ruth said...

love the photo. its so beautiful!!

lakeviewer said...

Lovely photo! I'm not sure I can follow your directions on connecting with Flicker. It's a technology I'm not familiar with.

yogurt said...

Icebergs against a fire-y sky - nature's yin and yang. Such a vibrant and beautiful photo.

Buckeroomama said...

That is one. amazing. shot!!

Mama Hen said...

Wow! That is a great result! The picture is beautiful. I wanted to say thank you for being a fabulous feature in the Nest my friend! have a great night Rachel!

Mama Hen

The Empress said...

What an unearthly picture...so very beautiful. Thank you.

Dave King said...

I,ve only just recently got around to Flickr, so your post is most timely. Thanks.

ScoMan said...

I've not yet moved into the world of Flickr. One day I'll get there. Maybe.

PS The photo is great.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

There is something very surreal about this shot. I am glad you worked your way around the problem.

mel said...

gorgeous photo! i wish we could go on a photo adventure someday. i'm curious about the flickr thing - are you able to blog more than one pic per post? it seems like i never can.
anyway, again, well done on the icebergs. it makes me wonder how drunk the crew of the titanic were getting...

Mama Hen said...

Goodness that picture realy is beautiful! Have a great week Rachel!

Mama Hen

Jenny Woolf said...

What an absolutely marvellous photo. And thanks for the Flickr dodge. I've been meaning to put some stuff up myself and will incorporate this from the beginning.

liliannattel said...

Beautiful photo!

MJ said...

The new flickr really annoys me - great hack!

Kel said...

Great picture Rachel! And thanks for the hacking info! :)

classycareergirl said...

Gorgeous photo! I have never used Flickr but I think I need to start! Maybe these tips will help.

Slamdunk said...

Your good techie advice is beyond my goofball needs, but the photo is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Kazzy said...

What an amazing photo. I like Flickr too, but blogger uses Picasa, so I am always torn.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Wow, that's a great photo!

Thankfully, I don't use my Flickr account that much and just blog from the laptop.

Have you seen the new Google map charts? I managed to create one like yours and went back today to see if there was a better Asia one and they've revamped, and greatly improved the whole thing! I'm just waiting for you to redo yours accordingly and then work off your code!! I don't have enough programming knowledge to work it out for myself from scratch, but I adapted very successfully from your current one.=)

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Wow! What a beautiful photo! Sorry I've been absent for far too long - I seem to find it more and more difficult to get round to all my favourite blogs and my break from blog land didn't help...

Anyway, it's funny, I've just added a whole stack of photos onto my flickr account (though I tend to do that after I've blogged them and I'm not really that technically savvy with it yet) and maybe you know the answer to my question: I'd like my photstream to be arranged (like my sets) by date. Because I'm randomly uploading pictures by theme rather than date, that's how they turn up on my photostream - I'd like the newest one to show first though... Just a thought, if you know, if not it's ok ;-)

Hope you're ok and keeping well during our lovely, rainy August here ;-) Love from London xo

christine said...

wow - what a stunning photo - I'm glad you told us it was icebergs we could see outlined, it could have been a skyline, lovely.

LambAround said...

That it quite the photo! I've never actually gotten into Flickr, but it does sound like a practical way to save my photos (especially as I cheaped out on hard drive space when buying my laptop - what was I thinking??) Thanks for the tip!

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