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Flickr: An overview by Javier Velasco


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This is a review of Flickr I developed this semester for my coursework at UNC Chapel Hill

The notes here are not really polished for public consumtion, they are, indeed author notes intended for presentation use.

A cleaner version of this article is currently being edited for publication on my blog.

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Flickr: An overview by Javier Velasco

  1. 1. An overview by Javier Velasco-Martin November 2008 School of Information and Library Sciences The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  2. 2. Some points from literature… <ul><li>Mayfield (2005) compares: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Communities as top-down, place-centric, moderator-controlled, topic-driven, centralized and arthictected. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SNSs as bottom-up, people-centric, user-controlled, context-driven, descentralized and self-organizing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr makes use of both approaches with an extremely flexible architecture. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Lerman and Jones (2006) find an important influence (55%) of Social Browsing on image views. </li></ul><ul><li>Schmitz (2006) suggests that ontologies can be induced from Flickr tags . </li></ul>
  3. 3. Some points from literature… <ul><li>Marlow et al (2006) propose a model of incentives for tagging: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Future retrieval </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribution and sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attract attention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play and competition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opinion expression </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Van Zwol (2007) confirms the importance of Social Browsing on Flickr and discovers that geographical closeness of visitors is negatively correlated with the photo’s popularity . </li></ul>
  4. 4. Flickr User Model Bryce Glass 2005
  5. 5. Tagging / Folksonomies
  6. 6. Comments, Favorites and Notes
  7. 7. Regional Groups
  8. 8. Topical Groups
  9. 9. Play Groups (1/3)
  10. 10. Play Groups (2/3)
  11. 11. Play Groups (3/3)
  12. 12. User created awards
  13. 13. Critique groups
  14. 14. Self-potrait project: 356 days
  15. 15. Social Browsing
  16. 16. Hierarchical contacts and Permissions
  17. 17. Tag clusters
  18. 18. Interestingness
  19. 19. Wrapup <ul><li>Flickr is one of the most successful and well designed photo sharing websites currently available. </li></ul><ul><li>Its architecture mixes the best of online communities and social network sites to cater all types of user needs and motivations. </li></ul><ul><li>Participation is further empowered by its high levels of usability, clean design, and its inherent sense of playfulness. </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr’s design embraces its users’ creativity on many levels. </li></ul>
  20. 20. References <ul><li>Mayfield, R. (2005). Social network dynamics and participatory politics . In J. Lebkowsky & M. Ratcliffe (Eds.), Extreme democracy (pp. 116–132). </li></ul><ul><li>K. Lerman and L. A. Jones. Social Browsing on Flickr . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM’07), Boulder, CO, Mar 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Patrick Schmitz. Inducing ontology from flickr tags . In Workshop on Collaborative Web Tagging, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Marlow, C. et al. (2006). Position Paper, Tagging, Taxonomy, Flickr, Article, ToRead . WWW2006, May 22–26, 2006, Edinburgh, UK. </li></ul><ul><li>R. van Zwol. Flickr: Who is Looking . In ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI 2007), 2007. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Bonus: my favorite Flickr Photographers <ul><li>This is a list of people who’s work I had never heard of before, and found through Flickr. Most of them are acknowledged photographers and make active use of Flickr as a tutoring tool for their audience of admirers. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frederico Mendes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sol Lang </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eric Lafforgue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tree and J Hendsill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>azli jamil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. An overview by Javier Velasco-Martin November 2008 School of Information and Library Sciences The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill