Flickr.com is a very useful tool if used correctly. Flickr.com provides different types of widgets (small programs) that allow you to enhance your website, blog or community site profile depending on the provider (MySpace, Facebook etc.). It’s really nothing to it and it is pretty simple once you create your Yahoo! account. After you sign in to your account and begin uploading photos Flicker will provide you with little blocks of code that you just copy and paste on other sites like WordPress and MySpace.
Most sites allow you to add small widgets by allowing you to take the block of text (code) and paste it right into the input box that normally says “about me” or “about”. Once you have saved your profile info, your widget should display your information. Some sites disable these types of input because hackers like to inject malicious code directly into other people’s sites. Most people have taken measures to prevent code injection but some have not, so they just block this type of function if you’re not the original creator or administrator (Google groups, Yahoo! groups).
Flickr.com also has RSS feeds (see chapter called RSS Feeds) that allow you to export your information to anyone with the ability to read it. Your RSS feed can be used by many different API’s (Application Programs Interface) that will integrate your info easily and quickly. So make sure you set your Flickr.com account and add tons of photos that are only relevant to your business, hustle, or current project.
You should see a window that says “sign in to Yahoo!”. Like I stated before you can also use your Facebook account or your Google Gmail account.
If you choose to login using your Gmail account this is what it looks like. I went ahead and used my old account. If you choose to do so it will speed up the sign in process.
Once you’re in your account it should look something like this. I have logged into my existing account which I created in 2008. As you can see I have tons of photos from my other projects along the bottom of the screen which can be displayed in a slide show or sent out using my flickr.com URL at the top of the screen. Let me take some time to show you how this process works.
(Make sure you name your Set and click save. I named mine “Greek Friends”.)
You should now have a better understanding of flickr’s advanced functions. We are now ready to move on to the next chapter.