I posted back in December that I’d created my own version of Facebook’s “Memories” feature for my formerly-Tumblr-and-now-Mastodon media posts, and even at the time I’d had the thought of doing it for Flickr as well, since that’s where all my Serious Photography goes.
Well, now I have!
It wasn’t quite as straightforward as my Media memories functionality, because there I could just do a single database call, but for Flickr I’m having to make multiple API calls each time. Fortunately two of the search parameters that
flickr.photos.search offers are
max_taken_date, so my approach is to run a query for whatever the current day of the year it happens to be for each year going back to 2007—this being when my account was created and when I first started posting photos to Flickr—with the
min_taken_date set to 00:00 on that particular day, and
max_taken_date set to 23:59 on that same day. It does mean that currently there’s 13 API calls each time the Memories page is loaded and this will increase by one with each year that goes past, but Flickr’s API docs say “If your application stays under 3600 queries per hour across the whole key (which means the aggregate of all the users of your integration), you’ll be fine”. That’s one query every single second for an entire hour, which absolutely isn’t going to be happening, so I ought to remain well under the limit.
I’m excited to see what forgotten gems from the past show up, and also being reminded of how terrible I was when I was first starting out taking photos. 😛