I saw the Flickr Daily Zeitgeist photo display-thingy over at Preoccupations yesterday and really liked it. Very nice way of telling people you are on Flickr and showing them a few of you and your friends' pix. I just clicked the get your own link at the bottom to, well, get my own. So there it is over below my own picture. Definitely cool because I don't know most of these folks coming up on the screen but, if I want to know, I just click the miniature photo to see a bigger version and find out who it is.
Once I clicked the get your own link, I could choose among these options for what would appear on my dz: Everyone's photos, Your photos, Your contacts' photos or You and your contacts' photos. When you click a choice, some code appears in a little box that you can copy and paste into your blog or website. I copied that stuff and pasted it into my TypePad left sidebar html. Published. Done. I supposed you have to have a Pro level TypePad account for this right now. Hopefully, if that's true, you'll have the option to get it into the basic and plus levels soon. I would love it to see TypePad getting more connected to Flickr. Repeat after me. Cooperation is good. Cooperation is good.
Flickr says this is just their initial release of daily zeitgeist and more features will be added. Wouldn't it be great to be able to more finely control what shows up on that little guy? Here's what I would do. First, I'm probably going to put up enough photos on Flickr to have it show only my photos - which would be one cool thing. Pick a photo set and it displays a rotating and random sampling from that. That would be cool for visitors.
But I would like to include pix of my Flickr friends as well. I have my dz set to show my photos plus the photos of my contacts. I would like to be able to deselect certain contacts or even better rate them or something so I can have more of one contacts photos than another maybe.
And I would also like to get photos from a group perhaps. Now I don't want three dz's on my blog, but can I rotate between maybe - my photos, my contact photos and then selected groups' photos?
If you had a little more granularity here, you could do other interesting things that I can only begin to imagine. All sorts of little creative presentations perhaps. Anyway, this things is cool and now all I wish is that I could change the white background to match the green in my sidebar.
After my brief flirtation with Flickr last Winter, I've been away from it. But I wanted some more contacts so that I could see different photos coming up on my 1001. Geek motivation, that. But I'm kind of introverted, so hey, whatever it takes. So I just started surfing my favorite bloggers' pages and seeing if they had a Flickr link. Many did and I went to their Flickr pages and added them as contacts. Easy.