Flickr photos and the original pages

The trick bellow is most likely already known to many flickr and in general internet users, but I like to include it on my blog for the surfing purposes.

Lets assume you found a random blog or website with images hotlinked from flickr. How lame it is not to provide a direct link to their flickr album, make things easier and simultaneously save bandwidth and time?

Go to the blog of your interest, right click an image and select Open Image. Example photo url:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/5024043804_af64df42f0_b.jpg

The 5024043804 is the image’s “global” id and it is unique to every photo. Now all you have to do is keep on a note this id and then append it to this url:

http://flickr.com/photo.gne?id=

Your url should turn into this upon appending the id:

http://flickr.com/photo.gne?id=5024043804

Doing the above and you will end up on this page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightsinthedark/5024043804/in/photostream/

From this point on you can access the user’s other images and photostream. However this does not apply to private albums. Flickr is quite secure hosting service now and they have pretty much closed their security holes of the past.