Sometimes my best inventions are not really inventions but coupling of existing services and raw materials around me. I use flickr in a very unique and highly effective way that some people may have never thought of.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Brainwave.” What’s the best idea you’ve ever had? Regale us with every detail of the idea — the idea itself, where it came to you, and the problem it solved.

9380083603_d2f65cbe7e_n-5235405This photo is hosted by flickr. This is significant because it takes up no space on my self-hosted account. Beyond that, it preserves my photos in a highly customize-able format with amazing tagging and archival features as well. My great idea isn’t inventing flickr but it is integrating it into my blogging and social media. I use flickr as a photo host for my “photo statuses” on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and occasionally my blog Riley Central. I do this through the use of IFTTT, If this then that. The trigger I use is uploading a public photo to flickr. When I do so, IFTTT send the photo and any text I put in the title or description to all my social media services with one click. 19293598068_3bb9b92dc0_n-8638449For my blog, I want to preserve the space on my account. I get 30G for $29/month on Bluehost but photos and other data can quickly max that out. Using Flickr as a photo host allows me to have access to all my photos on my blog in an easily accessible way. It also provides my flickr photostream with new photos automatically whenever I put photos in a post, which is virtually every day. Since I started doing this, I’ve gained 33 more followers on flickr,
without even trying to enhance my photostream. So, the final result of using flickr as a photo source is that all my social accounts, including flickr, benefit in the quality I am sending out to the blogosphere. I can organize my photos much easier on flickr than WordPress or the other services, and I forgot to mention that flickr gives its users 1T of space for free! Try as I might, I will never use that much space. Note: if you click on these photos you’ll see how they integrate back into flickr. Comments and share buttons are available on the photos there. So, that’s the idea I chose to share today. It’s not the first, best, or the last but I think it’s relevant to bloggers.

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0 Replies to “Brainwave”

  1. I have been using Flickr for as long as I have been blogging, which must be around 10 years, if not more. I am a paying customer. Now and again Flickr decide to do it a little differently, but as I did a web assistant course some years ago, I can play with html. When I get the photo address I usually cancel the first part between and also the last part between . My photos then do not go back to Flickr, but it is all a matter of what you want yourself. I also find a very big plus with the Flickr app as I can take photos with my iPad or iPhone (as well as Flickr itself) and load them up immediately with the built in connection. Yes I am also very happy with Flickr. All the photos I show on my blog are done with Flickr.

    1. That is so awesome! There are so many ways to use it! I’ll probably try the paid version one of these days. Lately I started apaid subscription to Spotify so I don’t want to press my luck with the financial advisor (wife) 🙂

      1. I just noticed that my signs did not appear on my message. It is between the first set of brackets that I cancel and the last set, the brackets with the 45° angle, if you know what I mean. I found the advantage with paying is that you can make various sets of photos. I do have over 16,000 photos in flickr, so I have to organise it somehow.

        1. I think you mean you cancel out the back link to Flickr. To me that’s risky because they can flag your account for not linking back. I use the full embed code and paste it into WordPress. I will try the paid version one day. Thank you!

          1. If I have to apply the back link I would probably leave Flickr, but I do not think there is a great danger of being flagged. I have been paying for 10 years and up to now had no problem.

        2. It’s been that way for years though they may not always enforce the link back policy. I don’t want to get in the habit of using the static flickr images in my posts but I really don’t think you’re in danger of being flagged. I’ve been through a lot of forums and had flickr engineers tell me the same thing: if you use flickr hosted images on a page outside of Flickr, they require a link back to the Flickr photo page. Just something to consider. I’ve used Flickr since 2004 but I’ve never paid the fee. From what I can tell, this rule is the same for paid or non paid users.

    1. Yeah. They host your photos and you grab the embed code and paste it into wordpress. It’s a lot easier to categorize and archive your images there. You can also share stuff really easily on social networks. It does take a bit of messing around with code so if that turns you off, just stick with the Media File functions in WordPress.

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