Flickr Screensaver

A new application of Flickr (online photo system): Flickr Screensaver (for Windows) will automatically download pictures from Flickr and show them as your screensaver. There are numerous options for filtering which images to show — yours, everyone’s, by tag, by group, etc.

I’ve been really impressed with Flickr so far, in particular their emphasis on developer interfaces which have lead to interesting applications like this.

Flickr also has a mobile version of their site which works pretty well (although I couldn’t get the photo upload page to work on my Treo 600).

I’ve only had a couple of problems with Flickr:

  • All the photo dates use the upload date (or possible the file modification date) rather than the date the picture was taken. It looks like this is something they’re working on for the future.
  • If I create pictures for “family” or “friends”, I can invite people to view them, but they need to create a Flickr account to do so. It would be nice to have some ability to share private albums with a simple password.

Soon it seems the “beta” will be over and annual subscriptions will be needed for much of the functionality. I’m always hesitant to add yet another recurring expense, but Flickr might be worth it.

[Via Voidstar]