It is quite obvious that we (as well as our readers) love the feature because it is unique and really smart. It’s been working wonders for discovering the most creative photography artwork and offering them great exposure. For me, Flickr Interestingness has always been a constant stream of inspiration.
This post looks at more Flickr Interestingness third-party tools created through the Flickr API:
1. Flickr Interestingness Search Tools
Flickriver is one of the most popular tools for searching the Flickr Interestingness section and viewing high-resolution images on a black background:
- Set the photo size to view: minimum is 500-width; you can set to view the large size (when it is available) or to fit the screen;
- See today’s, yesterday’s or the past week’s interesting photos or set the time frame:
Flickrleech doesn’t have too many search options. Essentially what it does is retrieve interesting photos for a specified day. The good part about this tool is that it lists them all on one page (“Because paging sucks”) and allows you to change the thumbnail size:
This is both a fun and unique tool that breaks the Flickr interestingness photos into categories by country:
Multicolr is the visual Flickr “Interestingness” search engine and the most awesome tool for color-inspiration you’ll ever be able to find.
The tool lets you browse through “10 million” of Flickr’s most ‘interesting’ Creative Commons images using colors instead of words. You can choose up to 10 colors to mix in your search results’ color palette:
This is the fun way to search Flickr Interestingness by username. Find out of any of your photos has been explored!
2. Flickr Interestingness Lean-Back Tools
Sometimes we are just too tired to actually browse. The following two tools will let you get inspired while doing nothing but watching.
Endless Interestingness is the tool that does exactly what it is called: it creates an endless stream of thumbnails from Flickr “Interesting” section. Lean back and watch!
Anytime you click on a thumbnail that stands out from the crowd, you’ll be redirected to the image page on Flickr.
3. Flickr Interestingness Monitoring Tool
Weirdly enough, Flickr does not provide us with good tools to keep track of daily interesting photos. Therefore the users have had to build such a tool themselves. The result is the Flickr photo RSS that lets you subscribe to either one interesting photo or four photos a day.
That’s an amazing stream of daily inspiration (and one which is easy to scale!)
Bonus! Bring Flickr Interestingness To Your Desktop!
Would you like to get inspired each time you close all your windows and look at your desktop? I am sure you’ll find this tool awesome then! I got addicted to it as soon as I installed and ran it for the first time!
John’s Background Switcher is a cool little utility that runs in your system tray (down by the clock) and periodically changes the background image on your computer (every ten minutes, hourly, daily or weekly) to something interesting. This tool has turned my Windows desktop into a constant stream of inspiration.
Using “Settings” you can set it to use the Flickr Interestingness section as the source of background images as well as customize the frequency of updates.
Are there any other cool “Interestingness” tools you are aware of? Please let us know what you think!
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