Here’s a way to use Flickr again, following the foul and bloated changes that have made it all but unusable for speedy searching. Speed is especially important for those on a deadline, for instance those who need to use the Creative Commons Flickr search for picture sourcing via http://search.creativecommons.org/ in a timely manner…

* In the Chrome browser: Install the addon Chrome User Agent Spoofer. Set it so that Chrome pretends to be Internet Explorer 8 (that worked for me, and apparently for most others). It enables much quicker loading of images, compared to either no loading or the painfully slow loading in any of the other browsers on my PC. The click-through and “View all sizes” still works. The addon can be set to always emulate IE8, when it lands on https://www.flickr.com/

* In the Firefox browser: Install the addon UA Control. Not quite as easy to setup to emulate IE8, and the loading is not as fast as in Chrome, but it works. Add this string…

Site:   https://www.flickr.com/
String:   new_flickr_sucks (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/4.0; GTB7.4; InfoPath.2; SV1; .NET CLR 3.3.69573; WOW64; en-US)

This will work, but not via http://search.creativecommons.org/ Instead you will need to bookmark and access the Flickr Advanced Search with CC via https://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/?l=cc The click-through and “View all sizes” still works.

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