#6 Flickr Fun

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Like many web 2.0 sites, Flickr has encouraged other people to build their own online applications using images found on the site. Through the use of APIs (application programming interfaces), many people have created third party tools and mashups* that use Flickr images.

Mashups are hybrid web applications that take features from one application (like Flickr) and mash it up with another.

New mashups come out, literally, every day. Here are some fun ones that work with Flickr:

Spell with Flickr lets you spell anything from Flickr photos.
Montagr creates photo mosaics from photos found on Flickr – all you have to do is change the tag in the top right corner.
Flickr Color Pickr lets you find public photos in Flickr that match a specific color.
Retrievr lets you find photos based on your sketching abilities.
Trading Card Maker lets you create your own trading cards (many library staff already have…).

– Create a movie poster or magazine cover from this Flickr site.

And tons more – discover more on the Flickr services page, Flickr Bits (this is not officially part of Flickr) web apps, and this incredible list of Flickr tools from Quick Online Tips.


Your exercise for this ‘thing’ is to:

  1. Explore some of the fun Flickr mashups and 3rd party tools that are out there.
  2. Create a blog post about one that intrigues you. Tell us which one you explored and what you liked about it.

So have some fun discovering and exploring some neat little apps.

PS: Learning 2.0 image created by Spell with Flickr.


18 responses to “

  1. I must report on the movie poster I made with one of the Flikr tools. It’s a picture of a malfunctioning talking book, with the tape coming out of the case. I put the names of our staff on it. I sent it out to the talking book listserv, and now libraries across the country are altering it for their own staff, with my blessing. I asked them to send me a copy, and use my name for one of the credits.

  2. I made a trading card and posted it on my blog and at flickr. Link to angharr88. This is fun stuff! Kids would have a great time making trading cards for famous people or animals of biomes. I’m sure there are free images available, such as at pics4learning.com

  3. I started making a calendar. Okay, I’ve only done one month so far. Can’t seem to post the image.

  4. Can somebody help me? I created my words in Spell with Flickr, but cannot copy them to my blog. I thought I had to have my blog in Blogger to do this, but I see here that it is done on this page and this is WordPress?? Directions??Thanks so much!

  5. I copied the letters from the ‘On Flickr’ section of the ‘Spell with Flickr’ (I think because copying the other section set them vertical instead of horzontal) and pasted them into the WordPress page. Then I clicked on each image and made them smaller. You can also put bigger or smaller spaces between the letters or words. I hope this helps.

  6. I haven’t tried anything, yet, but I am enjoying reading about mashups and feeds and the like. It is a new world for me. I will try to post something on flickr next.

  7. I LOVE Spell with Flickr. I wrote my name on my blog in crazy tiles. what fun!!!

  8. I had a great time exploring several apps and really seeing Flickr as another application. Even posted new pictures of the renovation project on Flickr and updated the blog.

    I tried Flickr toys and had a good time.

  9. I love the Flickr Color Pickr, what a neat idea. I can imagine using this tool to spice up pages on our website. The other tools are neat too, I’ll spend some more time exploring.

  10. This isn’t fun yet….Help. First all the letters on Spell with Flickr disappeared and I can’t get anything to show. I accidentally clicked “block” somewhere and cannot find an “un-block”. Then I decided to try Sudoku with Flikr and all the photos are blank int he one that opens…Hamster. Argg…
    Also, why does VT’s 23 Things come up differently depending on ??? Sometimes it starts with last summer’s group of things in a messed up order and sometimes it starts with other pages. Every time I visit it I have to figure out how to navigate to the fall things with the # for the week. Am I cursed?

  11. Here we go again; something is very wrong. I tried another Mashup site, Retrievr, and all the places where photos should be are blank. I DID log in.
    what am I doing wrong?

  12. Hey Deb,
    I was able to import Flickr Spell into my blog by copying and pasting the html code into a new post. Just be sure you click the html tab before you paste in the code. Check the results out on my blog.

  13. Flickr was fun to explore, but I couldn’t get a Flickr Spell onto my blog either. I did manage to get one of my own photo collection posted, however. This inspires me to learn how to use iPhoto, and take a few photos myself.

  14. I also loved Catchy Colors Colr Pickr, but I couldn’t add a picture to my blog, even though I picked one with limited rights and used the URL. Will try again.

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  16. I tried Suduku with my flickr pictures. Looked great but found it hard to drag pictures to squares. Too bad.

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