Flickr functionality discovery

I’ve just discovered something really useful, although i’m probably the last to know about this…

Flickr has built in short-url functionality!

If you wanted to share a picture you’d found on flickr, you’d naturally just copy and paste the URL, however Flickr URLs can, quite often, be quite long.

for example.

However, in this age of Twitter and less is more, such a long URL is not very practical!

If you look at the source code of a Flickr page, you’ll see that they’ve added a Google Canonical tag. By itself, this isn’t that interesting. However that canonical tag is a short URL!

So, in our example above, that looong URL can be referenced asĀ – much shorter, and much nicer!