About a year ago, I hacked together a script to automatically do that random album cover thing that was going around Facebook. You know, random Wikipedia article, random quotations page (last 4 or 5 words), Flickr last seven days third picture. Just a quick and dirty script, but it follows those links for you automatically:
I’d forgotten about that, but a Facebook friend just posted with the album cover game, and I remembered this script. I’ve never done anything more with it, but I’ve thought about it. I see someone else has done the same thing, and they have the words put on the album cover image:
What I’ve thought of doing with mine:
- Words positioned on album cover, with a couple selectable options for position, color, etc.
- A permalink so you could link to any generated covers you liked
- A name-generated permalink, so you could enter your name (or forum user name, etc.) and it would generate a random album cover and permalink saved under that name. If anyone entered that same name again, they’d get the same album cover. This way, people could link to their first-try album cover and they couldn’t cheat by repeatedly generating covers until they got one they liked. Whatever cover you got when you entered your name, that’s what you got.
- A much prettier page layout. Or any page layout, for that matter.
Would people use something like this? Should I bother developing it any further? Please leave your thoughts in the comments!