Monday, March 2, 2009

# 5. Discover Flickr

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Flickr is a photo sharing website that allows you to play around with your own digital pictures within a full blown online community. Flickr 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, 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 ways people and other libraries use Flickr.

Discovery Resources:

Flickr Learn More tour (6 steps)
Mediamazine Flickr Tutorials
Flickr: Popular tags
Interesting- Last 7 days
Flickr Services

Discovery Exercise:

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.


2. If you're up to an easy challenge ... create a free account in Flickr and use your location's/branch's digital camera to capture a few pictures of something in your unit. Upload these to your Flickr account and tag at least one of the images "SPLL2" 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 fabulous Flickr photo fun!

PS: A quick word about photo posting etiquette - When posting identifiable photos of other people (especially minors) it is advisable to get the person's permission before posting their photo in a publicly accessible place like Flickr. Never upload pictures that weren't taken by you (unless you have the photographer's consent) and always give credit when you include photos taken by someone else in your blog.