Saturday April 22, 2006
although I'm probably the last person on the internet to do so, the other day I started cross-posting my personal photos to flickr. of course, didn't want to do anything by hand, so I went off to CPAN looking for an API. there were a few to choose from, but
Flickr::Upload caught my attention as being somewhat simple... but the process that followed was anything but - register for an API key from flickr, figure out this auth key thingy (which I still haven't), the download a slurry of dependencies (which included an
Acme:: module, and which ended when I saw
CPAN.pm wanted to install
SOAP::Lite). all this just to upload a picture every once in a while? granted, I'm sure the full API offers much, much more, but for my immediate needs, no thanks.
so, a bit of wandering through flickr showed they have an email upload option. so
MIME::Lite, 10 lines of code, and 5 minutes later and I'm uploading photos. sometimes you need an uber API, and sometimes you don't...
so, will I start to receive photo spam as spammers hit random
@flickr.com email addresses and stumble upon my upload address? hmm...