Zooomr Photostream

If you’re on the front page of my site, you’ll notice my Zooomr Photostream in the sidebar, which I just recently added. Zooomr is a neat photosharing site that I use since it’s currently free for near-unlimited usage. (There’s a 2 GB monthly upload limit for Pro accounts, which they were giving away for free)

As far as I know, Zooomr doesn’t offer any neat “photostream” widgets like Flickr does, but they do provide an RSS feed of your photos, so naturally, it was only time before a Zooomr WordPress Plugin came around that took advantage of that RSS feed to offer photostream-like capability to your blog. I decided to give it a try, and was quite impressed. It’s simple, but works well, as you can fully control the format in which your photos are displayed. It’s a nice workaround/solution until Zooomr decides to implement something themselves.

So why do I not use Flickr? Well, it basically boils down to cost – Flickr’s only really good if you have a Pro account, which costs money. Being a cheap student, I have limited cash right now – but don’t get me wrong, I do think Flickr rocks. In fact, in terms of features, I do believe Flickr has Zooomr beat, despite my willingness to switch. With Flickr, it’s far easier to edit a bunch of photos, to change their tags, titles and other metadata using the drag & drop batch edit mode. Flickr also has more intuitive navigation within sets and some other small differences that make the user experience better. But that’s enough; I don’t intend for this to be a Flickr vs. Zooomr entry, as there are already posts about that available.

I do hope, however, that Zooomr continues to improve as it moves out of beta. (And possibly into gamma!)


  1. Hey Peter, thanks for using Zooomr. We still have so much improvement to do on the site. Lots of things coming and we really appreciate your support. Drop Kristopher or I a zmail and let us know what kind of features you would like to see on the site.



  2. thanks for the link mate. Actually, flickr dosn’t support a standard wordpress solution itself (as far as I know).

    Ofcourse, that being said, the features on my plugin were implemented thanks to the almsot overnight feature additions from kris and the rest of the people at zooomr. And that’s why I love zooomr over flickr! Instant help, and they really do respond.

  3. No, thank you for providing such a nice plugin for WordPress!

    Just to clarify, I wasn’t referring to a Flickr WordPress plugin, but rather the JavaScript photostreams Flickr provides on their site for users to display their pics on their on website. However, the Zooomr RSS feed is a nice way for people to take advantage of it, and I actually like it better than using a JavaScript solution.

    And to Mr. Hawk – thank you for reading my post. Please note that I’m not trying to be critical or say that I don’t like Zooomr. I actually foresee using it for all my photosharing needs and I really like how responsive Zooomr has been to the community – really the first time I’ve seen this from a site, and it indicates a genuine care for users.

Comments are now closed for this entry.