A Cool Photo Widget for Flickr and Picasa

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Roy Tanck, designer, geek, entrepreneur and WordPress enthusiast, creates a Flickr widget that lets your photostream fly.  This is a very cool widget and yet it is very easy to set up.  Roy creates a form online so you can generate a Flash Flickr/Picasa widget for your website or blog using your Flickr or Picasa RSS feed.  Simply completing the online form will create the HTML code that you can copy-paste code into any HTML page, blog post or a WordPress text widget.

Here is the URL to access the form for creating a photo widget for Flickr or Picasa.


If you are looking to host the flash movie yourself and use images stored on your server, you may want to check out another widget created by Roy called Photo Widget.

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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5 Responses to A Cool Photo Widget for Flickr and Picasa

  1. I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post. I like your style of writing.

  2. Rather superb entry, definitely useful stuff. Never ever considered I’d find the facts I need right here. I have been looking everywhere in the internet for some time now and had been starting to get discouraged. Fortunately, I happened across your blog and received precisely what I was searching for.

  3. jwoodwards says:

    This widget is a great example of Web 2.0 technology. Roy Tanck has created a very straightforward and user friendly interface that will create this widget. All a user needs to know is the RSS feed for his or her Flickr account Photostream. The HTML code produced by Mr. Tanck’s form is clean and short. In addition, this widget looks great and works smoothly. In fact, as soon as you submit your Photostream RSS feed, the form produces an example of what the Flickr widget will look like, including your photos.

    However, I must say that I was immensely disappointed to discover that this plug-in does not work on wordpress.com accounts. It does work for wordpress.org accounts, which are hosted by an outside server. WordPress.com accounts do not allow any flash content on their site. I hope that WordPress will produce something this sleek for the WordPress.com accounts.

    Having said this, the Flickr widget could be used in a variety of ways to display pictures from a Flickr account. Any organization or individual could easily embed the HTML code into a web page. This plug-in could save a Webmaster a lot of time in developing a creative way to share pictures for an organization. Better yet, the pictures automatically update. Roy Tanck wrote the script in such a way that it displays the last 20 photos uploaded to your Flickr account.

    Mr. Tanck also produced a similar widget that displays tags from your WordPress account; it is called WP-Cumulus. WP Cumulus allows you to show your site’s categories, tags or a combination using a flash movie that rotates them in 3D. This is similar to a regular tag cloud, but it is more enticing visually. Once again, this will not work in WordPress.com accounts.

    The willingness of folks like Roy Tanck to freely share this code is another example of the spirit of community that exists in the Web 2.0 world. There are a number of similar designers and programmers with a similar spirit.

  4. Kemp says:

    Thank you for posting this article. I went to Mr. Tanck’s site to look at the widget, and ended up reading several of his posts. I was interested to see that he had previously been a Flash developer and is an avid proponent of shareware. Thus, I tagged his blog into my favorites and will be a frequent visitor. I love when a post on someone’s blog leads to discovery of another great resource.

  5. I plugged this widget into my Website Tonight home page. It worked beautifully.

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