This is a selection of websites using Flickr’s API to create useful photo browsing tools. The tools present new ways of browsing Flickr’s tag space. Flickr lets you store, sort, search and share your photos online.
Hopefully similar tools for navigating tagged sound space will find their way into audio applications. For some thoughts on how this could be approached see Idea: Driving Through Virtual Soundscapes and this demonstation I Am Driving Through Sound Space, by MIT researcher Carlos Rocha.
Flickr Tag Browsing Tools
The first two tools are via Airtight Interactive.
Flickr Tag Related Browser lets you type a tag name to see the latest photos for that topic. The interface also shows related tags positioned around the edge of a central photo browser area. Simply click on a tag to view the photos in that category and generate more related tags. The display shows a grid of 36 thumbnails which can be clicked on to open a larger view of the image.
Flickr Postcard Viewer lets you search for pictures by keywords (tags). You can then browse the results by using the space bar and arrow keys to navigate.
Mappr is an interactive environment for exploring place, based on the photos people take. It aims to connect photos with places and so provides a way of browsing tags via a geographical map type interface. The current map is USA centric but other locations and territories are gradually being added.
Spell with flickr lets you type letters, words and sentences to have them displayed as images. A word is built up from a composite of photos, each letter is assigned a corresponding photo that can be changed with a mouse click. HTML code to put the results on a web page is provided. This lets you use the alphabet to search images and create novel designs.
Flickr Rainbow shows the most recent pictures that have been tagged with the colours of the rainbow.
Visit Flickr blog for news and developments including the purchase by Yahoo!.
- Folksonomies Tap People Power mentions Flickr’s tagging system and talks about tagging generally.
- Folksonomies at Wikipedia provides further information on the topic.
- The Photobloggies is an annual award ceremony celebrating photoblogging around the world. Winners have been announced for 2005.
- Where To Find Great Free Photographs And Visuals For Your Own Online Articles.