Introduction to Flickr


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  • This presentation will show some of the things I’ve learned about Flickr in the past week. I do a lot of photography as a hobby and recently joined Flickr to explore the photo sharing options. I’ve also learned more about ways Flickr can be used in libraries.
  • These are the topics I will be covering.
  • The home screen in Flickr shows a menu on top with tabs such as You (your photostream), Organize and Create, Contacts, and Groups. We’ll go through each of these options in turn.
  • When you click on your photostream, it shows larger thumbnails of your pictures, most recent first, and info such as privacy settings, date uploaded, and number of views and comments.
  • Sets are albums you can make of your own pictures (different from Galleries, which I won’t really discuss, but those are curated groups you can create of other people’s pictures).
  • You can tag your photos with any keywords you like; like other folksonomies the size display correlates with frequency. Anyone can search tags, so if you’re looking for photos taken by anyone of a particular subject, you can search all of Flickr by tag.
  • Under “Popular” you can track activity by other users. “Interesting” shows the most interesting photos by Flickr standards first (combination of views, favorites, and comments). There are also options to display popularity by number of views, number of favorites, and number of comments.
  • If you click on Organize and Create, this is the screen that comes up. You can batch edit photos to set permissions, add tags, add to a set, or tag location on a map.
  • You can tag photos by location on a worldwide map (the blue dots mean I’ve already done that with these photos).
  • You can upload directly to Flickr from the website, or you can download the FlickrUploadr, which makes it easier to batch upload photos. You can set the uploader to resize photos before you upload them, which is a good idea because there’s a 300 MB upload limit each month and a lot of photos taken with digital cameras can be several megabytes each. The uploader tells you how big your batch upload is and how much space you have left, and allows you to set properties such as tags, sets, and privacy settings all at once.
  • If you click on Contacts, you’ll see a stream of recent uploads of pictures taken by your contacts. Contacts in Flickr are like people you follow on Twitter – it’s a non-reciprocal relationship. You can add any old person as a contact, but they have to decide on their own to add you.
  • Here is my contact list. You can list people merely as Contacts, or you can list them as a Friend or Family, if you want to give them access to photos with privacy settings.
  • These are people who have added me as a contact (a much shorter list)
  • Groups are multi-user pools of photos (they can also have some discussion) centered on a particular area of interest, e.g. pictures taken in a particular place, with a particular lens/camera, or of particular subject matter (and I’m sure there are others). Usually there are rules about how many pictures you can post each day, so no single person dominates the photo pool.
  • This shows a pool of photos (most recent first) in a group for users of the HTC Thunderbolt smart phone. If you click on “Map” you can see where members took their (geotagged) pictures.
  • These are groups on library-related topics. Anyone can join these and post pictures to them.
  • I had to show this as an example because the UW is my alma mater. These pictures are all contributions from Flickr users.
  • Many libraries have their own photostreams (they will show up as contacts). Note that the Library of Congress here is different from the LoC group – it’s one (institutional) user managing a single stream of its own photos.
  • The LoC has a photostream with some 13,000 items organized into sets like Civil War Faces and Photochrom (photolithograph) travel photos
  • Ideas based on How to: Make Flickr Work for Your Library – 50+ Resources and Steal This Idea: Flickr for Librarians (see links on next slide)
  • The first link is a slideshow (much of what I covered but in more depth); the others are links to blog posts that list ideas for using Flickr in libraries. 50+ Resources is especially useful because it links to real-life examples of Flickr projects in libraries.Flickr for Libraries (slideshow) to: Make Flickr Work for Your Library – 50+ Resources This Idea: Flickr for Librarians
  • Introduction to Flickr

    1. 1. Introduction to Flickr<br />Juliet Crawford Schwab<br />IST 600 Social Networking in Libraries<br />Syracuse Univesity<br />July 29, 2011<br />
    2. 2. Introduction<br />Photostream<br />Uploading pictures<br />Contacts<br />Groups<br />Using Flickr in libraries<br />
    3. 3. Home<br />
    4. 4. Photostream<br />
    5. 5. Sets<br />
    6. 6. Tags<br />
    7. 7. Popular<br />
    8. 8. Organize and Create<br />
    9. 9. Maps<br />
    10. 10. Uploading<br />
    11. 11. Contacts<br />
    12. 12. Contact list<br />
    13. 13. Who calls you a contact?<br />
    14. 14. Groups<br />
    15. 15. Group photo pools<br />
    16. 16. Library groups<br />Here are examples of library groups:<br />Libraries and Librarians - Please tag the images you add! (3,777 members) <br />ALAannual11 (162 members) <br />University of Washington Libraries (76 members) <br />Library of Congress (212 members) <br />Show us your Library 2.0! (192 members) <br />
    17. 17. Library group photo stream<br />
    18. 18. Individual libraries<br />In my contact list I’ve added a few libraries with their own photostreams:<br />Library of Congress<br />Beinecke Library (rare books library at Yale)<br />Graduate Theological Union Archives<br />New York Public Library<br />
    19. 19. Library of Congress photos<br />
    20. 20. Ideas for using Flickr in libraries<br />Virtual library tour<br />Event promotion<br />Share historical photos<br />Create posters<br />Share pictures of library staff and volunteers<br />Show pictures of book covers for reading lists<br />Explore The Commons – digital photo collections from archives around the world<br />
    21. 21. More resources<br />Flickr for Libraries (slideshow)<br /><br />How to: Make Flickr Work for Your Library – 50+ Resources<br /><br />Steal This Idea: Flickr for Librarians<br /><br />