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  1. 1. past, present and future
  2. 2. The Past Founded in 2004 by a Vancouver based company called Ludicorp Created primarily by Steward Butterfield and Caterina Fake• “I’m a big proponent of people having the ability to express themselves and be part of a culture that supports creative work [and] everyone should also have the ability not to be constrained by copyright.”—Creative Commons A year after its launch, Ludicorp is bought by Yahoo!
  3. 3. The Beginning Flickr was created to be a multiplayer online game Then was turned into a chat system with live photo-sharing options Next the coding system for the game and created what is currently viewed as the beginning of Flickr, but was eventually dropped Later, even the chat system called Flickr Live, which was the basis of the earlier versions of the site, was erased Consumers ultimately didn’t want to chat – they wanted to share their experiences in pictures and not in instant messages.
  4. 4. The PresentIn 2011: Flickr had more than 50 million registered user accounts More than 80 million unique visits More 0.4 billion page views All these makes it the 22 nd largest in the world, according to our top 30 social media sites rank list The total number of images is 6 billion. Most of them are shared there under the creative commons license or non commercial purposes Of those people influenced by Flickr some of those are artists outside of the photography world, such as a visual artists Erik Kessel
  5. 5. Influenced by Flickr: Dutch visual artist, Erik Kessel Kessel was quoted as saying, “[My] Exhibit was created as a visualization of the amount of photos added or goal was to make-real the shared on Flickr within a single 24- mountains of personal information hour period! and data that people share every single day” –Creative Review
  6. 6. Mashable Tech“Flickr Gets a Makeover, Looks Like Pinterest”, 21 February 2012 By Zoe Fox
  7. 7. FutureFlickrs new photo viewer looks a lot New Feature #1like Pinterest. Photos are arrangedclosely next to each other and scrollendlessly, without redirecting to new Justified Viewpages. –Mashable which will go live Feb 28, trades white space-filled layout.
  8. 8. FutureThe site has plans to streamline the New Feature #2view of other elements of the site toresemble the new viewer. – Mashable Photostreaming There will be visible white space surrounding the photos in each stream. You see photo titles and can select which size youd like to view photos.
  9. 9. FutureThe upload feature dubbed Uploadr, New Feature #3which will go live in late March, letsyou drag and drop photos from your Uploadrcomputer onto the site. Acts more like an app and less like a website allowing you to drag and drop photos from your computer onto the site Photos are instantly viewed as thumbnail images, allowing you to add tags as you upload  Supposed increase engagement, to build the Internet’s largest collection of geo-tagged photos (currently numbering at about 270 million)
  10. 10. Flickr inspires• A YouTube video of how Flickr inspires creation. A musician named Jonathon Coulton creates a video inspired by Flickr only photos.Flickr @ Bumbershoot:
  11. 11. Questions/ Things to think about… “It seems to speak to a new aesthetic and function – one dedicated to the exploration of the urban eye and its relation to decay, alienation, kitsch, and its ability to locate beauty in the mundane” (Murray) Do you find this to be true? Are we a society of over-sharers? Do you feel photo sharing online has more positive or negative consequences?
  12. 12. Flickr References:"Flickr – World’s Social Photo Album – History." Flickr. Business Ideas Master, 28 Jan. 2012.Web. 21 Feb. 2012. <>.Fox, Zoe. "Featured in Social Media." Mashable. 21 Feb. 2012. Web. 21 Feb. 2012.<>.Cox, A.M. (2008). Flickr: A case study of Web2.0. Aslib Proceedings, 60 (5), pp. 493-516., Lisa. "Flickr." - Creative Commons. 8 Dec. 2010. Web. 21 Feb. 2012.<>Murray, S. (2008). Digital images, photo-sharing, and our shifting notions of everydayaesthetics. Journal of Visual Culture. DOI: 10.1177/1470412908091935