Courtesy of Xelflick Presented by: David Mora Seminar in Instructional Technology The University of Southern Mississippi
What is Flickr? Online photo management and sharing application founded by Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake in 2004. Web giant Yahoo! acquired Flickr in early 2005. Wikipedia defines Flickr as “an image and video hosting website, web services suite and online community”. According to Flickr’s blog (blog.flickr.net), 4 billion plus images have been uploaded to Flickr. There are no official statistics on the number of Flickr members. However, unofficial estimates have ranged from 7 million to 40 million total users.
Flickr Homepage Courtesy of Flickr
Goals of Flickr Two main goals of Flickr: Help people make their content available to the people who matter to them. Enable new ways of organizing photos and video. Courtesy of Iflee
Online Photo Sharing in Plain English Video YouTube link Courtesy of CommonCraft
Flickr Features Upload photos and videos. Label photos with titles, descriptions and tags/keywords. Organize pictures by creating sets and collections. Connect and share images with family, friends and other contacts. Create, search for and join groups. Geotag/place photos on a world map. Edit images in Flickr via Picnik.
Features (continued) Add notes/annotations to photos. Provide feedback/comments on photos. Create and share a photo slideshow. Order prints, make a photo book, print a calendar, send a photo card, create a collage via Snapfish. Explore interesting photos on Flickr. Additional features in FlickrPro (e.g. unlimited uploads and storage, photo statistics, ad-free browsing/sharing and more).
Features: Upload page Courtesy of Flickr
Features: Upload Description Page Courtesy of Flickr
Features: Geotag/Map Page Courtesy of Flickr
Features: Additional Tools Courtesy of Flickr
Benefits of Flickr Free (basic account). Easy to use. Excellent place to store and backup your photos. Showcase your work to a global audience. Access your photos on any computer with an Internet connection. No software download required. Create cool products (e.g. calendar, slideshows) without any technical knowledge.
Disadvantages of Flickr Censorship issues (mainly politics). Copyright infringement/issues. Advertisements. Limited storage space for free users (2 videos and 100 MB worth of images per calendar month). Note: Pro users ($24.95 per year) get unlimited uploads, storage and bandwidth. Harassment/inappropriate user behavior.
Flickr in Personal Life Everybody, regardless of photographic skill or technical knowledge, can benefit from using Flickr. Some common personal uses of Flickr include: Backing up or storing photos online. Sharing photos with family, friends and colleagues. Organizing/tagging photos online for easy retrieval. Editing and producing photos without having to buy expensive software. Documenting historical events. Communicating and collaborating visually with people interested in similar topics.
Online Storage Example Courtesy of WallyG
Organizing Photos Example Courtesy of David Mora Photography
Documenting Historical Events Example Courtesy of Hurricane Katrina Group
Flickr in Business Businesses and corporations also have found Flickr to be a useful resource. Although Flickr is intended for personal use only, several businesses have created accounts in an effort to reach out to their customers. Examples of corporate/business use of Flickr include: Marketing products and future concepts Behind the scenes/personal look at a company Press/media related items Portfolio of work and projects Suggestions/additional information for customers (e.g. recipes)
Future Products and Design Concepts Example Courtesy of General Motors
Behind The Scenes/Personal Look Example Courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Additional Information/Suggestions Example Courtesy of Betty Crocker
Portfolio/Work Example Courtesy of Peter Mayer
Flickr in Education Flickr can be used in several educational settings. Some academic uses include: Copyright and intellectual property rights lessons Digital storytelling Geography lessons Group projects and assignments Image analysis and writing Virtual field trips Virtual student art gallery/electronic portfolio
Geography Lesson Example Courtesy of Flickr
Geography Lesson (continued) Courtesy of Flickr
Virtual Field Trip Example Courtesy of I Travel East
Virtual Field Trip (continued) Courtesy of I Travel East
Student Gallery Example Courtesy of Victor Consaga
Student Gallery (continued) Courtesy of Victor Consaga
Resources David’s Video Flickr Tutorials: 1. Importing Images 2. Creating & Managing Sets 3. Geotagging 4. Editing a Photo 5. Find, Join & Contribute to a Group David’s Photostream General Flickr Questions & Answers 7 Things You Should Know About Flickr
Resources (continued) 100+ Flickr Resources – include several useful Flickr related tools. Users can integrate Flickr into their blogs/websites, create slideshows of their images, download their photos and much more. Newbie’s Guide to Flickr 20 Essential Tips and Tricks Every Flickr User Should Know 5 Fabulous Reasons to Use Flickr
The End Questions or comments? For more information about Flickr and other photo sharing sites, please contact me via email@example.com Courtesy of Mike Lutz