Friday, February 29, 2008

Out with Flickr Explore. In with FlickRiver

Nothing beats the internet for novel ways to waste time. One of the Flickr's most-popular time-wasting features has been their Explore/Interestingness page. Flickr E/I uses a "secret" and ever-changing algorithm to automatically identify photographs uploaded over the past seven days that exhibit the most "interestingness". Each time you reload the Flickr E/I page, the viewer is presented with nine "interestingness" photographs. After reloading the page ten or twelve times, you'll probably start seeing repeat images.

Flickr user Strange Quark recently introduced me to a Flickr mash-up that is a better (and more addictive) time-waster than Flickr's Explore. It's called FlickRiver. Developed by Alex Sirota, it has many improvements over Flickr Explore.

The first improvement is that Flickriver displays the photographs on a black background, which is much easier on the eyes than Flickr's white background.

The second improvement is that you don't have to keep reloading the Flickriver page. When you first visit Flickriver, you're presented with the top four interestingness photos. When you scroll down, it uploads four more photos. You can continue scrolling down until you've looked at all 500 photos in the current stream (the stream seems to update throughout the day). You can also hit the SPACE bar on your keyboard to advance through the photographs one-at-a-time.

(My most interesting photograph, according to Flickriver)

But, the most interesting improvement is that Flickriver lets you specify your own criteria for searching for interesting photos. You can specify only "night photography", or you can specify only specific Flickr users (such as "thelordofthemanor"), or specific groups ("nocturnes"), or by specific tags (which is a subset of the general search field). Would you like to know which of your own photographs rank highest on "interestingness"? Flickriver can do that. There are even links to switch between "Recent" and "Interesting".

(Flooded Trailer, by Troy Paiva. On Feb 29, 2008, this was ranked as the most Interesting photograph with the tag Nocturnes, according to Flickriver)

Now that you've spent a few hours playing with Flickriver, it's probably time to get back to work!


Blogger Richard Sintchak said...

Thanks Andy. This is great.

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really nice with unbelivable colors!

6:08 AM  
Blogger PhotoToWall said...

I liked flickriver before. But it can't show all photos in one page.
So I designed a web site called PhotoToWall.
The PhotoToWall can display all your flickr photos by thumbnail in one page.
For example, your personal page is just like following url.

If you just type
You can take tour about flickr explorer interesting today.

Could you try it and give me some suggestions?

Thank you

3:22 AM  

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