I’ve seen it for a little while but just noticed more carefully that flickr has redesigned the results of its search. Previously you only got 10 results per page that required scrolling to review. Now you get a layout of smaller previews– and this is what is neat- the bigger you make your page, the more results you get per page (so go full screen on that Cinema Display).

But even better- there is a little “i” in the lower right corner that when you click it, provides in a lightbox overlay, a bigger preview, numbers of views, tags, dates taken– and if you are searching flickr wide, you can filter out that photographer from the results (I would guess if you think their photos are irrelevant or in appropriate or …?). This was the search for my old dog friend among my photos


It’s small, maybe even overdue, but helpful.

Of course, I still do my creative commons search on compfight and wish they would copy this preview overlay!

But hey I don’t get this. I made (what I think is) this awesome Firefox Greasemonkey script that adds a full cut and paste code to provide a fully attributed, captioned link in blog posts. I use it all the time, and there’s only 105 downloads for something that can reduce the back and forth copy pasting of giving attribution from like 7 steps to one. WTF? Even more pathetic I am the only fan ;-)

Here’s how it works. Any flickr image that has a creative commons license will display a copyable block of HTML code:


Where by copying and then pasting the code- you get the 500pixel image, a link to the original, and a caption with links for the image and creator– e.g.

cc licensed flickr photo shared by cogdogblog

I thought that was pretty damned handy! Try it out yourself http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/49395


  • Marshall Kirkpatrick

    sounds like a cool script to me! and i gotta go check out that lightbox!

  • Marshall Kirkpatrick

    I don’t see the little “i” or anything like it! :(

    • Alan Levine aka CogDog

      @Marshall Kirkpatrick: You have to mouse over a search result, the i appears in the corner.

      roll over it Marshall!

      PS- I’m honored to see you comment here- am a huge RWW fan and we mine it all the time for our work on the NMC Horizon Projects

  • pollyalida

    Love your greasemonkey script, thanks for sharing!

    I’m not seeing the “i” in search results either, but did just find another script that does the same thing. Greased Lightbox http://shiftingpixel.com/lightbox/

    • Alan Levine aka CogDog

      @pollyalida: Weird. Maybe the “i” is a feature of the CoolIris plugin (?). Do you at least see the results as shown in my screen shot? I just checked in Safari, and searches are appearing old style (scrolling list, 10 per page). Perhaps my post was too hasty…. not the first time

  • Gerry

    Hi Alan – I have been using your script since you first released it. I love it. Thanks for taking the time to do this and for sharing it.

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  • pollyalida

    Alan, I do get an option for the thumbnail view of search results, but haven’t found a way to make it the default view. Might be cooliris doing that cool trick. Unfortunately cooliris crashes my browser, grrrr. If you find the script that’s doing that trick, let me know! Thanks for all the great info in your blog.

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  • Shannon

    Just got a chance to download your little greasemonkey script. It is fantastic! I used to avoid looking for photos from other people to put in my posts because I am too lazy (yes I know that is really lazy).
    Thanks for lowering the bar for those of us who need the help ;-)

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