Finding and Uploading Images
Photo hosting and sharing websites have been around since the 90s, but it took a small startup site called Flickr to catapult the idea of “sharing my photos” into a full blown online community. Flickr currently claims to host over 3.6 billion images, and thousands more are added every minute, making it perhaps the largest image host on the web. It was also one of the first sites to really get behind the idea of tagging, and is one of the biggest supporters of creative commons out there.
That’s not to say that Flickr is the only image hosting option out there – there are a lot of others out there (e.g. ImageShack, Photobucket and Picasa to name but a few) each with its own pros and cons. Flickr, however, is by far and away the best known, and hence will be the one we’ll look at for 23 Things.
What is it?
At its heart, Flickr is a photo hosting service. Basically, it acts as an online storage facility for your pictures – in fact, 0ne of it’s larger roles on the web is to host images for bloggers.
Flickr also allows you to easily sort and organise your photos, and assign tags to them, so both you and other people can find them better. Users can comment on each other’s photos, and can also form groups. Groups have their own shared photo pool, and a discussion board for commentary.
Why should I use it?
Aside from the obvious uses of hosting images destined for the web and making it easy for your friends and family all around the world to see your holiday snaps, Flickr is a service that fits in well with the goal of of making information and resources accessable to as wide an audience as possible. For example, numerous libraries, museums and other institutions have made part or all of their image collections availible via Flickr’s Commons project.
Flickr is also a very good source of Creative Commons material that you can use – you can even limit your search of Flickr by CC license type. Likewise, thanks to the Commons project, it can also be a useful research tool.
To Complete Task 13
- Go to Flickr.com and create your account. You can take the Magical Feature Tour if you like.
- Upload some photos. If you don’t have any photos to upload, you can use some of the photos provided below. Alternatively, a camera or two will be available in the workshops. You can set your photos to be public or private.
- Add descriptions to your photos.
- Blog about using Flickr.
All done? Move on to Thing 14.
The following photos may be used by 23 Things UWA participants: