The Flickr website was a revolution in photo storage, sharing and organization, making photo management an easy and natural process. Flickr is now a photo-sharing community enabling users to upload, tag and comment on their photos and other users photos. Flickr gives each photo a serial number and users are able to organize their photos into “sets”, or groups of photos that fall under the same heading. Flickr began as a simple photo-sharing feature for a gaming project and has since then blossomed into one of the premiere photo-sharing sites on the web. Yahoo purchased Flickr for $35 million in March of 2005.
Flickr has been adopted by many web users as their primary photo storage site, especially members of the blogging community. There is a built-in photo editor in Flickr called Picnik that makes it easy to touch up uploaded images. Flickr also includes Schedulr which is a Windows desktop application that automatically schedules new picture and video uploads to Flickr based on day and time. To limit risks Flickr has built in a number of safety features. Members are required to flag their content as “safe,” “moderate,” or “restricted,” depending on what the photo or video is about.
Flickr allows users to add meaningful metadata and comments to photos as well as the ability to assign Creative Common licensing an emerging methodology for describing intellectual property rights. Users can also change their choice of license it at any time, without any logs of the prior copyright status of the image.
A top source for images on Pinterest is Flickr. Pinterest and Flickr have agreed to ensure that Flickr photos would receive proper attribution. This means that the popular scrap-booking site retains links that drive valuable traffic back to Flickr user’s streams. This means that Flickr is an effective tool to increase traffic and your ranking in all search engines. Flickr can also be “extended” to Facebook accounts to increase the reach and subsequent results of any social marketing strategy as well.
iPad works with Flickr through an iPad application called Flickr Studio. Flickr Studio provides a collection of sophisticated photo browsing and metadata editing tools. Flickr Studio offers users a variety of ways to viewing to include sets and collections, grid and list views, a nicely detailed map view, plus a unique “justified grid” view that presents photos in a collage-style with proper aspect ratios preserved. Flickr Studio also provides support for multiple Flickr accounts, a public browsing mode, and three different levels of access to their Flickr account: read-only, read-write, and read-write-delete access. Flickr Studio is a great fit for users who plan to explore and manage their Flickr photo library on an iPad with a comprehensive set of features.
Flickr may have been overtaken by Facebook in sheer number of photos shared, but the dominant social network can’t match Flickr’s presentation, tools, and specifically photo-oriented community features. Flickr and its more than 200 million photos will surely provide a fun new image source for your content, especially with unique submitters like the Smithsonian Institution and the White House.
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