Here I will explain how the “flickry me” site works (http://lab.cogdogblog.com/flickry/), which for now randomly displays a full window sized version (that resizes with the window) of one out of 20 of my most recent flickr photos:
This began when I looked at the site for the Backstretch jQuery plugin, which provides the clean sizing of the background image– and I noted that while my previous uses of this used a locla image, that there wa sno reason, as shown in the example there, you could not use one via a URL.
This lead me to wonder what I could do with pulling recent photos from flickr. and a few googly clicks later I found the answer at Hacking Flickr the JSON way:
I liked this approach because you could do it via public API calls to flickr, e.g. you would not need to embed your own API key in the source code.
It is quite simple when you get the idea. What you need to do is find any URL for an RSS feed in flickr, these are generally found in the bottom left of a flickr page for the link “Latest”. Some examples:
- Your own flickr stream- mine is
- Publicly tagged photos, e.g photos tagged “hurleylounge”
- Photos from a group, e.g. the 2012/366 photos group