GEEKY SUBJECT WARNING – Testing WP2Flickr

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A lot of web journalists (okay, bloggers – I hate that word) put their images on Flickr and then use special software (WordPress ‘plugins’) to bring the images into their posts. This is fine if your work flow is Flickr-centric. I work the other way around. My WordPress daily journal is the centre of my social web experience. I link my daily posts to my Facebook account to kill two birds with one stone. Those who wouldn’t normally visit my journal daily, but are Facebook friends, see what I’m up to (and the other way around) and can have a look at the journal entry if they like.

I’d like to do the same with Flickr. I wanted a plugin that would send my journal images to my Flickr account (Flickr name: Boogies With Fish) so that friends who know me from Flickr can see my images and possibly visit my journal to see what I had to say about them.

I got a comment this morning in response to my plea for a plugin from my fellow PNG web journalist Robert at TrupelaTok with a suggestion. So, I’m trying it out with this messy desk image:

My messy office

Let’s see if it works.

UPDATE: Hey, it does work. Check this out!

Thanks, Robert.

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14 Responses to “GEEKY SUBJECT WARNING – Testing WP2Flickr”

  1. Robert@PNG Says:

    M,

    Just curious whether you put on a pair of stilts to take the above snap?

    R

  2. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Success! Way cool. The Flickr looks great. Kudos to Robert.

  3. MadDog Says:

    The only problem is that I’ve noticed today that it uploads only the first image of the post. That’s not what I had in mind.

  4. MadDog Says:

    Nope, I stood up on a desk on the other side of a bookshelf behind my chair.

    Hey, the WP2Flickr uploads only the first image of a post. I’m very disappointed. I thought I had the problem solved. Otherwise it’s cool. Maybe I can contact the writer.

  5. Robert@PNG Says:

    M,

    I’ve had a look at the code for the WP2Flickr plugin and the one photo upload is part and parcel of how it was written.

    Several ideas:

    1) There is a WP2Flickr forum at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1281351@N21/ – although it does not appear to be active.

    2) The underlying code of WP2Flickr is based on a framework of Flickr API’s (http://www.phpflickr.com/).

    3) If you download the WP2Flickr plugin to your local drive and have a look at the contents you will find some examples of how to use the API to enhance the basic functionality available through WP2Flickr.

    4) By all means contact thre author – in the plugin doco he does seem to encourage folks to contact him for added value dwevelopment. His email address is: dancoulter@users.sourceforge.net

    5) Just curious whether you have had a good look through the existing WP plugins to see whether something might already exist. See: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search.php?q=flickr

    In the end if it’s that important to you and nothing exists then perhaps you might like to write your own plugin!! You could call it “MadDog Flicks Flicker Reloaded”.

    R

    PS. loving your photos as always bro

  6. MadDog Says:

    Robert, here is what I just put up on the WP2Flickr Group forum:

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    I just tried wp2flickr hoping that it would solve my problem. My web experience is WordPress-centric, not Flickr-centric. I wanted a plugin which will upload every image in the body of a post (not including gallery images) to my Flickr site. wp2klickr sends up only one, along with all of the text of the post.

    I’m not complaining – that is what it was intended to do.

    However here is what I would like to see and I don’t see why someone couldn’t do it.

    * Create a new set with the title of the post as the set name.
    * Look for tags attached to images and tag the flickr images the same.
    * Look for the Exerpt and attach it as the description of the set.
    * Upload all of the images in the main body of the post withougt any of the text.
    * Include the URL of the WordPress site as it is presently done optionally.

    I seems as if the plugin is designed for a photoblog where there is ordinarlily one image per post and little text. The pluging would be useable to alomost all bloggers with a Flickr account if it worked more as I described above.

    So, I humbly submit this idea to the creator.

    =================

    I’m going to email the author the same text. Thanks for both links.

    This is the kind of plugin that I’d pay money for. I haven’t written any serious code for ten years and I’m not about to start again now.

    I’m currently looking through the long list of gibberish that is supposed to describe what each plugin does. So far, I’ve found only ones the drag down Flickr image and stick them into WordPress.

    Thanks, mate.
    Keep on bloggin’
    Jan

  7. Robert@PNG Says:

    M,

    If you persist with customisation you will will eventually hit a point when there’s nothing out there that will do what you want to do. Like a crossroads if you like. You either need to back off and stick with content and in your case photography or “fork” and “have a go”.

    In my case I really “forked up” something shocking when I found WordPress. Trupela Tok is now 5 years old – the last 2.5 years on WP. The degree of motivation to to “dig deeper” is inversely proportional to the quality and quantity of content I push out. In fact I now have a saying… “content is a necessary evil”. But that’s me.

    I’m interested to see how and when WP2Flickr author responds. My guess is that if you email him privately and offer to “donate” if he takes on the challenge you might have a better chance of seeing a result. The Open Source community can be very unresponsive when requests come from sources that don’t contribute.

    Let us know how you go.

    R

  8. Robert@PNG Says:

    M,

    I know you’re more into the photo side of things but here’s an example of what one can start doing when one ventures under the hood. I wrote a “Shortcode” this evening that dynamically lists my categories alongside a description and an associated icon. The code is listed at the bottom of today’s post: http://www.trupela.com/2009/11/16/a-post-is-a-category-is-a-story/

    R

    PS. must be coming down with a bout of “wordpress-a-wee-dram-i-nytis”

  9. MadDog Says:

    Man, that’s bitchin’ cool! My categories grew up like Topsy and are an embarrassment. I’m never gonna fix ’em. Fortunately I have tagged relentlessly, which drags in a lot of hits (somehow) from Google Images – about a third of my traffic. Your site is looking fantastic.

    I could have done without the PS. Now it’s 11:00 AM and I’m thinking of how many hours it is until I can have a little glass of single-malt. Is that a bad sign?

  10. MadDog Says:

    Well, of course, you are absolutely right about the balance between customisation and content. I think that I’ve gone about as far as I care to down the fancy tricks road. I like to keep my Flickr site fed, but my workload just doesn’t allow me the extra half-hour a day it would take to upload and tag all of the images from a post.

    I decided a long time ago that I’d never abandon content as the raison d’etre for Madang – Ples Bilong Mi. Whether it’s trash or treasure is up to someone else to decide. But it is MY trash or treasure and I’ve got a lot of it to hand out.

    So, I think that I’m going to back off of the fancy stuff. Everything that I need is there to do what I intended to do. In fact, my pages now load several times faster now that I’ve dumped extraneous stuff from my side bar and added caching.

    Your remarks have sort of pushed me back up onto the cliff that I was nearly slipping off. I’m a photographer and writer, not a programmer. Been there, done that, got the Pascal poster hanging on the wall.

    I too am waiting to see if the author of wp2flickr responds. I did mention that an expanded version of the plugin was something for which I’d happily pay.

    Thanks, mate
    Jan

  11. Robert@PNG Says:

    M,

    I did away with tags after I found that search engines (eg: Google) have all but ditched them. Eseentially, almost no benefit from and SEO perspective. I’m not sure whether this applies to photos or just content.

    Your blog is looking pretty trim nowadays (I like it) and loading much faster like you said. Weighing up function/features versus performance is certainly a balancing act for the avid blogger (eg: old farts like you and me). WP – the best CMS/blogging platform currently around – nevertheless it does have a reputation for being a bit of a slow horse.

    I keep promising myself to back of the “fiddling” and get back to content but never quite get there. Trupela Tok is almost perfect when it comes to SEP, navigation, aesthetics etc… but lacks a uniform theme across content. This ends up costing PR juice. Your content is very uniform, consistent and of a high quality – thats why you have a Google PR of 6 (Bastard!!).

    Hopefully you will hear back shortly from Mr Flickr.

    R

    5:00pm and I can almost taste the malt!!

  12. MadDog Says:

    Creep!

    By the way, how do you find our what your Google PR rating is?

    I did get a response from the wp2flickr guy. He asked me for a specific list of features that I want. I think I’ll send it to him and offer to pay $100 for it. It seems fair to me. Then maybe he can push it out and make some more bucks on it. It would be a great plugin if it had more capabilities. It’s the ONLY one of its kind.

    I have to do the content, becuse one of the main reasons I do the journal is as discipline to force myslef to write. I tag just because I’m a compulsive tagger. Maybe someday tags will come back into style if this ‘semantic web’ ever amounts to anything. In that case, I’ll be all set. I don’t know if the Google Image hits (tons of them!) come from the tags or the text around the image. I suspect the latter.

    Thanks for all the encouragement that you’ve given me. I’m not sure that I’d have kept going when I had so many problems moving the site if you hadn’t shamed me into doing it.

    Jan

  13. Robert@PNG Says:

    M,

    I use Firefox for which there’s an addon available called “Searchstatus”. In addition to Google, Alexa, Compete and Moz rankings – it can also give you a whole lot of other info for the site currently being browsed.

    If you are using IE there should be an equivalent plugin/addon.

    The key tag for images is the “alt” tag. I suspect that the likes of Google use it to classify images.

    R

  14. MadDog Says:

    I tried it. Cool!

    I started digging around in the options and it’s really interesting what’s buried in that one little icon.

    Thanks, mate.
    Jan