Thing 15 – Play with Flickr

Photo sharing websites have been around since the 90s, but it took a small startup site called Flickr to catapult the idea of “sharing” into a full blown online community. Within the past year, Flickr has become the fastest growing photo sharing site on the web and is known as one of the first websites to use keyword “tags” to create associations and connections between photos and users of the site.

For this discovery exercise, you are asked to take a good look at Flickr and discover what this site has to offer. Find out how tags work, what groups are, and all the neat things that people and other libraries are using Flickr for.

Resources

Your Task

In this discovery exercise, you have two options:

  1. Take a good look around Flickr and discover an interesting image that you want to blog about. Be sure to include either a link to the image or, if you create a Flickr account, you can use Flickr’s blogging tool to add the image in your post. Another option you have for including images in your post is to use Blogger’s photo upload tool.– OR —
  2. If you’re up to an easy challenge … create a Free account in Flickr and use your campus’s digital camera to capture a few pictures of something in your campus library. Upload these to your Flickr account and tag at least one of the images “chislib” and mark it public. Then create a post in your blog about your photo and experience. Be sure to include the image in your post. Once you have a Flickr account, you have two options for doing this: through Flickr’s blogging tool or using Blogger’s photo upload feature.

So go ahead, explore the site and have some Flickr photo fun and if you’re interested in looking at some photo hosting sites, then why not check out Jamie’s recommendations & this Wired story. (Thanks Jamie for the link).

PS: A quick word about photo posting etiquette – When posting identifiable photos of other people (especially children) it is courteous to get permission before posting their photo in a publicly accessible place like Flickr. Using a photo to endorse a service or product requires permission. (Hence the Institute’s Publicity Release Form.) Never upload pictures that weren’t taken by you (unless you have the photographer’s consent, or they’re in the public domain) and always give credit when you include photos taken by someone else in your blog.

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Credit: Adapted from the PLCMC Thing posted by HeleneB, under a Creative Commons BY-NC license, and from the Swinburne University Thing posted by TRR (task written by Cleve Carvalho), under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. Video from Common Craft.

Original content by Jason Peart for the Chisholm Institute Library.
© Chisholm Institute 2008, released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

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One Response to “Thing 15 – Play with Flickr”

  1. BIGcol Says:

    Flickr

    Flickr is an impressive tool to store online photos.

    I created an account and added a photo.

    Very Cool,

    Colin

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