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#5 Photos and Images

2009 August 5
by naomi

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. 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. You are also asked to read some of the current discussion about online photo sharing and its  use within Library Land. Lastly, you have the chance to play around with images by adding an image to your blog, along with your thoughts about online photo sharing sites.

Discovery Exercise:

  1. Watch the Commoncraft video: Online Photo Sharing in Plain English to learn some basic information about online photo sharing, and Flickr in particular.
  2. Take the Flickr Feature Tour (there are 8 tour stops)
  3. Explore Flickr Popular tags and Interesting photos from the last 7 days in FlickrLand
  4. See what libraries are doing on Flickr.
  5. Read Michael Stephens’ September 2008 blog post: Legally, should Libraries NOT be Using Flickr?
  6. Play with Flickr images by completing oneof the following options:
    1. Take a good look around Flickr and discover an interesting image that you want to include in your blog post for this method (Method 5). In your blog, include either a link to the image or, if you create a Flickr account, use Flickr’s blogging tool to add the image to your post. (Another option for including images in your post is to follow your blog’s photo upload process. For example, if you are using Blogger, you would follow this process–OR —
    2. If you’re up to an easy challenge … create a free (basic) account in Flickr and use a digital camera to capture a few pictures of something in your library (remember the tips covered above regarding the use of identifiable people in library photos). Upload these to your Flickr account and tag at least one of the images “TSLAC2.0” and mark it public. If you’d like, conduct a search in Flickr for the tag “TSLAC2.0” to see whether any other photos with that tag have been added. Then create a post in your blog about your photo and experience. Be sure to include the image in your post — to do this, you can use Flickr’s blogging tool or, you can use the photo upload process for your blog. For those of you using Blogger, here’s the link to Blogger’s photo upload process.)
  7. Finally (whew!), create a blog post (titled “Method 5”) discussing online photo sharing. On a personal level — is it something you plan to do or perhaps something you are already doing? And on a professional level — do you see some potential uses of online photo sharing sites for libraries?

Extra Credit:

  • Take a look at Google’s photo-sharing website Picasa and explore Picasa’s public photos. If you have time, view this 4-minute Youtube video that highlights some of Picasa’s main features. Then, create a blog post that tells us which site you like more — Flickr or Picasa — and why.

Finished learning this Two-Stepping Method? When you’re ready, move on to Method 6.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. October 16, 2009

    Hello again,

    I have finished posting a photo I found on Flicker to my blog. Go to the website listed above to see Bugs.

    Flickr is an easy way to save and post photos. I’m thinking of scanning and posting some pictures of my great-grandparents from Sweden. That way I can share with family & friends and also keep them safe from fire, flood, or other major crisis.

    For the extra credit,

    I went into Picassa. It was easy to use. I logged in with my Google account and was up and running.

    I thought Flicker & Picassa were a lot alike. I did like that Flicker had a tour you could take without signing up with them.

    More later.

  2. Tina Billman permalink
    November 29, 2009

    I finished this in the wee hours of the morning. Read about it on my blog.

  3. Demetria Williams permalink
    February 2, 2010

    I really enjoyed this step. I have been using flickr with one of the organizations that I am a member. It is so easy to use.

  4. Demetria Williams permalink
    February 10, 2010

    I am having problems loading a picture from flickr. I still like it features, but it is giving me the blues. I will try again tomorrow.

  5. Mary permalink
    February 13, 2010

    Well, I did this step. Not real keen on putting my personal information out there. Just don’t know that you could really protect an image enough to keep it from being copied.
    I guess I just prefer my privacy.

  6. Albert Chambers permalink
    August 19, 2011

    I had been using Flickr for posting images online. I’m trying do avoid it now. The current version doesn’t mesh very well with the old-style blogs and bbs that I usually use.

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