Flickr ending Share to WordPress option March 25th

SS St. Paul circa 1900

For the full story: [Official Thread] Welcome back HTML Embeds! Goodbye to some sharing options.

The salient part is:

Secondly, we are announcing that we are deprecating the support for our built-in sharing options for WordPress [Ed: spelled in the original with a small "p"], Blogger and LiveJournal on 3/25. Deprecating features is never an easy decision, but we have seen that all of these services combined are now adding up to less than one percent of daily share volume from Flickr.

Which I understand to mean that this method will no longer be supported: http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/flickr-photos/#blogging-your-photos (link to Internet Archive)

Meantime, the flickr HTML embed option is being brought to the “new flickr experience” in addition to the current iframe embed, which we cannot use here on WordPress.com.

Of course, this does not affect the WP o-embed method of copying and pasting the link of the flickr image page on its own line in your post or page. Or at least I hope not!

Ocean Liner, SS St Paul
(HTML embed from the original flickr experience coming soon to the “new flickr experience” near you.)

Flickr Woes

It's Broken

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It’s broken

electricia1 posted in the Community support forums that flickr has changed the way images can be embedded. At the moment this is done with an iframe, which of course is a “no-go” for WordPress.com users.

However, there are other ways you can embed your flickr photos in your WordPress.com site, the easiest is still just copying the URL of the photo’s page from your browser’s address bar and pasting that on it’s own line, unlinked in your blog post. For more info here’s WordPress.com’s Support document on using flickr. Just be aware that if you are using the new Beta version of flickr, you may not be able to blog your photos directly from flickr to your WordPress.com site. In my photostream, that link is no longer active to me, although it was set up and working correctly in the previous version of flickr.

(And the irony is not lost on me that the flickr blog is hosted on WordPress.com. See the bottom of the blog. It may say “Powered by WordPress,” but the link reads http://www.wordpress.com. LOL)

Update: 20 December – It seems that either from the flickr or WPcom end things have changed. Yesterday the above oembed image was just an image. Today if you mouseover the image, the flickr watermark and my name show up, along with the ability to browse the other images in my flickr photostream directly from this image. I’m going to be doing some more experimenting in the coming days.

In the meantime, insert image by URL continues to work and unfortunately, my flickr sets which were previously visible as an embed, are no longer so. (sigh)

Update 2: 20 December – We can’t get our pants on fast enough with the changes going on. For me the above image is back to what it was yesterday, i.e. a simple image with no watermark or arrows on mouseover. If you are seeing it differently, please let me know in the comments.

Flickr

Sunset on the Med

Since I’ve been pursuing offline life, I came late to the announcement that flickr has re-imagined itself yet again.

The biggest uproar so far has been over the redesign. Navigation is a challenge, to say the least, and for the moment full screen viewing seems to be broken.  Another sore point is the loss of the Pro account, which gave users access to their visitor statistics. If you had a Pro account when the switch was made, then all is good. (Here’s the official flickr thread about the new account options.)

The change in space allotment now means that, even with a free account, all the photos you’ve uploaded should be available for viewing, as well as all your sets. This makes me particularly happy as all the sets I created while having a Pro account have returned.

Here’s an early flickr set I created of one of my favorite subjects. A brief explanation on how I embedded this below.

We’ve been able to embed flickr photos and sets since at least 2009, when oembed was introduced in WordPress. Simply copy the URL of the photo or set (not the flickr slideshow) from your browser’s address bar and paste it on its own line in your post or page. Make sure it is not an active link. If it is, use the “Unlink” button in the Visual Editor tool bar (the one that looks like a broken link) to remove the link. If you are trying to embed a slideshow, add show/ to the end of the URL.**

How big is a Terabyte of storage space? Let’s compare it to WordPress.com.  Each WordPress.com user currently receives 3 Gigabytes of free storage. The Space Upgrade prices, as of today, are:

10GB Space Upgrade: $20.00

25GB Space Upgrade: $50.00

50GB Space Upgrade: $90.00

100GB Space Upgrade: $160.00

200GB Space Upgrade: $290.00

This site has been on WordPress.com since December 2007 and so far I’ve used 2% of my available 3GB storage space. Optimize! Optimize! Optimize!  Remember, it’s not only about storage space and preserving quality of your images, which are important, it’s also about how long it takes for your page to load for visitors.

Jury is out on the new Android app, which I’d been waiting for. I’m out of space (sic) on my smartphone!

**If you need or want your site to be entirely mobile friendly, then the oembed method is not recommended. While I have not been able to test this on all devices, on my smartphone the above flickr set was MIA.

Related Links:

For those of you who want to embed the official flickr flash slideshow, Panos has written up a tutorial on using the gigya shortcode:  The gigya shortcode 2 – inserting Flickr slideshows Do note, however, that there is no longer a need to “enable autoembeds” as this option is now missing from the WordPress.com Media Settings.