Flickr has been working to integrate new and interesting ideas for some time now. Its goal is to create an all-inclusive, online experience for artists, photographers and just people who like to share pictures with friends. That includes a full model for public-domain use of user-selected photos, portfolio options and photo pools where groups can get together to share their interests.
One of Flickr’s most exciting features is its humorously named Interestingness page. It works to offer you a large selection of unique, creative and beautiful pieces from people all over the site. From that feature, many different tools have sprouted to help get the most out of it. These are perhaps the four best of the bunch.
Popular and simple to use, this is a basic viewer for the Interestingness section without any frills. It gives you a black background and a list of photos against it all the way down the page.
You can change the size of the photos to fit the screen, fit the default 500 width, or get a slightly larger image. You can also change the time phrase of the pictures to show the most interesting days and weeks, the most popular and other options.
An interesting and more stylized search tool, this page features small thumbnails of images from the section all the way up and down the page. When you move to the top, bottom or sides it will shift the page along with you and give more options to choose from.
It loads quickly since it only provides selections for the spaces you open up with your cursor. It can be a quick way of getting a good look at what has been uploaded without having to go on a constant scroll through fully loaded photos.
3. Gimme Shiny
This is another nice viewing tool that works on a black background. It shows one large version of a photo at a time and then lets you use an arrow to change to another.
It also has an auto slideshow feature. What makes this one special is that it allows for viewing of photos and art pieces from Flickr, DeviantART and FFFFound. That gives you a wider selection than the others.
This is a super simple search tool that lets you go through users’ screen names. Just provide the Flickr user’s full name, email ot ID and you’ll see the list of his “explored” submissions. You can sort the list by date or popularity. You can filter results by year, choose a random image and even create a poster from those images. If you link your Flickr account to the tool, you’ll see which of your photos were dropped or added to Explore.
There are other tools available, including some on Flickr itself. If you are looking for inspiration or just some great examples of art, check out the site’s Interestingness feature. You won’t regret it.