Flickr improves sharing options


In my weekly review of feeds concerning Web 2.0 and Web 3.0  I ran across the news that Flickr has improved their ability to share content with other sites.  As I continue to collect material for my “WEB 2.0 for Students” class that I’ll be teaching at our local college, this one hit home.  I use Flickr for my photo repository.  So it is nice to see new feature showing up in this service since I haven’t seen to many in the last year.

Flickr adds to sharing options, now easier to share photos across the Web

by Erez Zukerman on March 31, 2011 at 03:30 AM

It sure is nice to see some new developer action over at Flickr. The relatively slow-moving photo-sharing service has just announced a new sharing update, which consists of several new and easy ways to embed or link to your photos:

via Flickr adds to sharing options, now easier to share photos across the Web.

So the thought came to me that this is nice but what could be implemented to improve the experience:

  1. Photo comments made on Flickr would also be shown on the shared item in Facebook.
  2. Post comments made on the shared item would also be available on Flickr.
  3. Multiple authors – One pool.  One of the biggest problems I have with my clients.  Many photographers, one common pool to associate them with.

Either way, Flickr is a great tool to use to keep all your photos.  It’s worth a good look at if your in the market to implement such a capability.

Good Hunting.

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  1. #1 by David Tonen on April 3, 2011 - 3:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing this review. I may give Flickr another chance. I have found it cumbersome in the past but some of thee new features warrant another look!

    • #2 by Tim Rueb on April 3, 2011 - 7:39 pm

      Dave, I have not tested Flickr against the others in a long time. I started with Yahoo Photos and then Flickr was purchased by Yahoo and then discontinued Yahoo Photos so I migrated painlessly. It’s one of those situations that when you have years and thousands of images in a service the pain to convert seems difficult to overcome. When you have friends using Flickr, it does a real good job of keeping you informed when new photos are added by your contact list. I also like their uploader tool. That helps em a lot when I’m loading a lot a photo from a specific event.

  2. #3 by Dan Black on Leadership on August 2, 2011 - 10:58 am

    I stopped using Flickr due to being overwhelmed with finding an image. I think I’ll try it out again. Though I don’t think I’ll post images on my posts anymore. Thank you for sharing.

    • #4 by Tim Rueb on August 2, 2011 - 12:19 pm

      Dan, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      I can appreciate the task of finding images. I’m just under 5000 pics in Flickr right now. I guess I just got into the habit of tagging my images after I upload a new folder of images. I always tag the year and names and sometimes the event name, or description if the image wasn’t simply a family photo.

      I’m not saying Flickr is the best, but I do see some improvements being made in WEB 2.0 capabilities (sharing / tagging / publishing). I’ve also noticed an increase in Google image search hits over the last year as well. This might be of interest to those that use their images professionally to prospect as well.

      Good Hunting.

    • #5 by Tim Rueb on August 2, 2011 - 12:22 pm

      Dan, I’m also curious about your comment “Though I don’t think I’ll post images on my posts anymore.” Would you mind elaborating on this?

      • #6 by Dan Black on Leadership on August 2, 2011 - 2:30 pm

        Hello, Tim
        I personally don’t want any chances of getting into trouble by accidentally using a copyrighted image. I have mainly gone through Bing or other platform like Flickr to get my images.

        I still don’t fully understand the entire image copyright laws.

        I know the likely hood of getting into trouble is low because I have s small community but as it grows I don’t want to jeopardize mine or the sites integrity. But once The community grows enough to where I can pay for images I might start buying and then inserting them into my posts.

        This is why I might stop using images.

      • #7 by Tim Rueb on August 4, 2011 - 3:00 pm

        Dan, I understand completely. It is one of the most difficult subjects for my basic web design students to understand. It is just so easy to take someone’s work and place it in your own when it comes to digital property.

        I like to use my own photos whenever possible, but when I use someone else work I get it from free stock photo locations and I always read the fine print on how and for what the owner allows the image to be used for.

        Thanks again for stopping by.

  3. #8 by The Hook on September 14, 2011 - 10:34 am

    Great post! I always feel smarter afterr a visit here!

    • #9 by Tim Rueb on September 14, 2011 - 11:46 am

      Thanks Hook. I just keep my head above water and try to pay attention. If I see something I can translate into a post, well, here they are.

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