Getting my Flickr/Picasa widget working again with Picasa’s new feeds

Recently, Picasa started serving its RSS feeds over https. From what I can tell, this has caused quite a view “clients” to fail. Digital photo frames seem to be affected, and so is my Flickr widget. Fortunately, there’s a quick fix.

I’ve run a few tests, and it seems that simply removing the “s” from “https” fixes the issue. Every feed I tried could be called up over regular old http as well, and all of them worked with my widget.

So if the RSS link in Picasaweb gives you an https feed URL like this one:

https://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/base/user/roy.tanck/albumid/5053904170293136801?alt=rss&kind=photo&hl=en_US

You should change it to this before entering it into the form that generates the widget:

http://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/base/user/roy.tanck/albumid/5053904170293136801?alt=rss&kind=photo&hl=en_US

As always, the preview will show you whether the feed works.

8 Comments

  1. nice info Gan,. i will try it :)
    thanks

    Comment by cvdo — March 5, 2011 @ 8:04 am

  2. Gan,

    Great information, i am definitley going to try this, thank -you.

    Comment by Marty — March 7, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

  3. Thank you!!!!
    It works perfectly! I love your widget, so thank you for sharing it!!! :)))

    Comment by Orsi — March 22, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

  4. Tolles Widget. Gratulation dazu, setze dies auch bei Kundenseiten ein.

    Comment by Thomas Fanselow — April 20, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

  5. Hi! Many, many, many thanks for you for this amazing plugin! I’ve just figured it out that I need to remove this one letter from URL :D And voila!

    http://czubatka.pl/figa-wita/data/30czerwca2010.php

    :)

    Comment by czubatka — June 2, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

  6. Dear Roy,

    Thanks for this wonderful tool you made as open source to everyone.

    I would like to add a small (and maybe dumb) comment but since I did strive to install the Picasa/Flicker Widget on my Blog maybe someone else is having the same problem (or will)

    All your instructions are crystal clear, 20 pics only, http instead https using Picasa BUT if you are trying to install with the Picasa feed you must have your album shared otherwise it will not work. I was doing experiences with a new album I created only for the widget and just couldn’t understand why it would not work. Then I selected share the album on Picasa main page and the widget worked perfectly.

    Just my very little colaboration to your remarkable work.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers from Brazil!

    Chris

    Comment by Christiano — July 30, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    • Thanks for that. Obvious when you think of it, but this probably should be in the FAQ.

      Comment by Roy — August 14, 2011 @ 11:24 am

  7. Fail, I tried over and over to get an album from picasa to work. No go. Removed the “s” and everything

    Comment by Mary Hone — January 8, 2012 @ 3:07 am