Flickr Social

Flickr Social is a Yahoo Pipe created by See-ming Lee to deal with his frustration on having to get onto Flickr everyday to track his friends' comments and also comments he has posted on with and follow the trail of conversation. This pipe tracks all the commenting activities such that they can be logged and displayed somewhere else.

One of the problems the way the Comments You've Made page works is that if you commented on some particularly popular images, you ended up having a lot of noise in that feed that is unrelated to you.

Given these two problem at hand, this pipe was written to return an RSS feed of all things happening to a user's activities without the extra noise.

Feedback: If you have any feedback and suggestions, feel free to email SML at

About this pipe


Click on the Flickr image below to look at notes for individual modules

What this pipe does

  1. Based on a Flickr username (not user id), return a feed of:
    • Recent comments other people have posted about your photographs
    • Recent comments you have made to other people's photographs
  2. For your recent comments on other people's photographs, fitler out the result such that the feed contains only comments you have made and exclude other people's comments on the same photograph. This ensures that you don't get too much noise on that particular feed if that photograph become very popular—which appears to happen a lot to photographs which i commented on.
  3. Aggregate the results from the two and sort the items based on the published date.

SML Thank You

SML would like to thank Kris J. Clarke from Scotland for helping him out during the process as he develops this. Kris, you rock!

Change Log

  • [2007-11-11T18:27-05:00] Updated with three additional fields for string inclusion
  • [2007-11-11T12:19-05:00] Updated with new Flickr API key for Yahoo Hacks only.
  • [2007-11-11T12:00-05:00] Updated to detect name reply from others as well. (Useful especially if you use the GM Script: Flickr Buddy Icon Reply and picked name reply which inserts username automatically.
  • [2007-11-10] Pipe created.

Example usage

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SML Pro Blog: Yahoo Pipes: Flickr Social

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