Yahoo's Flickr is one of the most popular image hosting sites on the internet and just about everyone has used its content with its great store of Creative Commons licensed images. With Flickr rolling out a new web embedding feature this week, the site can now capitalize more on the network of people seeing its hosted images to spread influence and drive more traffic to its site.
On Wednesday, Flickr announced in a blog post that it is rolling out a new web embedding feature that allows users to embed full-bleed photos and videos on their personal websites, blogs and articles. The embedded images would include the full title and the owner's Flickr user name with a link back to the Flickr account. This is a welcome feature among photographers using Flickr since many images are used in blogs and websites without proper attribution.
"Attribution has always been important to us, so embeds automatically add those details. Also, we keep track of views of embedded photos and videos from external sites in Flickr stats so you get a sense for how popular your photos really are," says Flickr of the advantages of its new embed feature.
To try out the new Web embedding feature, you can go to the new Flickr photo page, hit the share button, find and click the < /> symbol, choose the preferred embed size and copy the code. You can then paste the code anywhere you want the image to show up. If the photo you embed is from a set, photostream or group, then you will also be able to navigate through the whole collection.
In case you can't find the embed code, the feature is only available for publicly shared photos and not the private ones. Flickr also says it won't compress or resize the images to ensure high-quality, full resolution images.
Initial response to the updated embedding feature is apparently mixed with some users complaining about the Flickr logo watermark. The feature also seems to need more polishing. Clicking the links on the embed, for instance, does not work at all times.